Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Andrew  Egendorf

class of 1963
inducted in 1993

Andrew Egendorf

Attorney & Entrepreneur

After graduation from Cheltenham High School in 1963, Andrew Egendorf continued his education at MIT, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in 1967. He entered Harvard Business School in 1967. In January, 1968, Egendorf and a friend wrote to famed consumer advocate Ralph Nader offering to work with him that summer if he would consider working with students. As a result, Nader established the student task forces which William Greider of the Washington Post later dubbed "Nader's Raiders". (Egendorf's group studied the Federal Trade Commission, and in March, 1969 presented its report to Congress.) Nader suggested that Egendorf enroll in Harvard Law School as a means of being better able to effect social changes, and in 1968 Egendorf was selected as the first entrant for Harvard's newly-created joint Law-Business program, from which he graduated in 1971 with honors. As a programming project for Professor Ralph Zani at HBS, in March, 1970 Egendorf wrote the first electronic spreadsheet program for the use of his classmates on the school's time-shared computer.

In 1967, while at MIT, Egendorf met Russell Noftsker, the General Manager of MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and in 1980 with Noftsker and a group from the AI Lab, founded Symbolics, Inc., the company which manufactured and sold the first computer built specifically to run AI software. AI allows computers to emulate many aspects of human behavior including reasoning and decision making, and has become an integral part of computer technology today. On
March 15, 1985, Symbolics was assigned "Symbolics.com" as the first ".com" domain on the Internet.

In 1977, Egendorf joined the law firm of Widett, Slater & Goldman, a major general-practice firm in downtown
Boston. In 1983 he left his position as a senior partner to become General Counsel of Symbolics. Symbolics became a public company in 1984 and traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol SMBX.

In 1994, Egendorf became interested in patent law as applied to the emerging field of electronic commerce, and subsequently applied for numerous patents worldwide dealing with e-commerce, many of which have now issued. He registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2001, and now is President and CEO of Tradecraft Corporation, an intellectual property holding company based in the
Boston area.

Egendorf lives in
Lincoln, Massachusetts with his wife Linda, who is a nationally-recognized sculptor. Art Calendar magazine selected "Aftermath", a work by Linda Egendorf, for the cover of its October, 2001 issue, which was "Dedicated to those who lost their lives on 9/11".