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- In Memoriam

Davidson C. Lowdon (1937-2005)

On August 13, 2005, Davidson C. Lowdon passed away peacefully, after a long fight with Leukemia.

Lowdon, age 68, August 13, 2005, beloved husband of Elizabeth, nee Tucker; loving father of Jane (John Belom) Lowdon and David (Eileen); devoted grandfather of Alexandre and Benjamin; dear brother of Thomas (Margaret) and Gillian (David) Kosiewski; also nieces and nephews. Memorial visitation Wednesday, 3 to 9pm at Modell Funeral Home, 7710 S. Cass Avenue, Darien, Illinois where a memorial service will be held at 7:30pm. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, please send your donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 651 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60661 (1-630-852-3595) www.TLLS.org

  • 1980: Founds Logical Systems, Inc. (LSI)
  • 1985-93: Programmer for Commodity Research Bureau (CRB) and Commodity Perspective (CP)
  • 1995: Launches Barchart.com
  • 2001: Launches ddfplus
  • 2001: Purchases Commodity Research Bureau (CRB) and Commodity Perspective (CP) from Bridge Information Systems (BIS).

Terrance J. Lown (1950-2001)

In 1979, John Burrell and his four partners, all local traders on the Chicago Board of Trade, were looking for somebody to take on the responsibility of coordinating the production of the weekly commodity chart book their company produced. The publication was known as Commodity Perspective (CP), and in those days anyone involved in the futures markets in Chicago was a weekly subscriber to CP. John asked his brother-in-law, Terry Lown, if he would like to move to Chicago from his home in Iowa and take on the role of Production and Technical Coordinator of CP. Terry agreed to take the position, although nearly a full year of weekly commuting to Chicago from Iowa elapsed before Terry actually moved his full-time residence to Chicago. Under Terry’s supervision, Commodity Perspective became the standard for quality and excellence in commodity chart books.

In 1985, Commodity News Service, whom had previously acquired Commodity Perspective, finalized the acquisition of Commodity Research Bureau and its chart book, Commodity Chart Service, thereby combining the two preeminent commodity chart publications under the new corporate entity, Knight-Ridder Financial Publishing (KRFP). Terry continued to perform the duties of Production and Technical Coordinator at KRFP and oversaw the weekly production and distribution of both weekly chart books until they were merged into CRB Futures Perspective in 1995.

In 1996, Bridge Information Systems purchased KRFP and changed the name of the unit to Bridge/CRB. Terry assumed the title of Systems and Database Director, although all of us close to him knew him better as the Person In Charge Of Just About Everything.

On February 25, 2001, Terrance J. Lown suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. All of us at Commodity Research Bureau would like to thank Terry Lown for his immeasurable contributions to the success of CRB. His absence leaves a void in our hearts and in our office that will never be filled.

Lown, age 50, February 25, 2001, beloved husband of Tarasa L., nee Halligan; loving father of Christopher (Editor-in-Chief CRB), Brandon, Jennifer (Christopher) Mathis and Patrick; loving son of Richard and Julia; caring grandfather of Jasper and Mackenzie; dear brother of five sisters and eight brothers; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Family and friends to meet at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 111 S. Cass, Westmont, Illinois, Thursday, 9:30 a.m. Mass. Interment Freeman Lutheran Cemetery, Ferryville, Wisconsin. Visitation 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Toon Funeral Home, 109 N. Cass Avenue, Westmont. In lieu of flowers, send memorials to The National Center for Homeopathy, 801 North Fairfax Street, Suite 306, Alexandria, VA 22314.

John B. Burrell II (1944-2001)

On October 2, 2001, John B. Burrell II passed away.

Burrell, age 56, October 2, 2001, loving father of Sarah, Branson and Emily.

  • 1970: Founds Commodity Perspective (CP) with Bill Stewart and Dave Speck.
  • 1982: Sells Commodity Perspective (CP) to Commodity News Service (CNS) (Knight-Ridder Financial (KRF))

Milton W. Jiler (1908-2000)

It was 1933, the country was in the depth of the Depression, and the United States had just gone off the gold standard. Milton W. Jiler, a young reporter for the New York American, was covering commodity exchanges and doing freelance public relations work for some of the exchanges to supplement his income. Gregarious by nature, Jiler soon became known among the exchanges' commodity traders. He was quick to realize that unless one was actually on the floor of the exchanges, price and volume information was difficult to come by. Although The Wall Street Journal covered the stock market quite thoroughly, there was little if any price information available for commodity futures.

Milton Jiler had a simple idea. If no one was providing information about the commodities markets, trading was limited to those people with direct access to the floor. What he saw was the need for a medium that would bring information about the futures markets to interested parties on a timely basis. With that in mind, he founded Commodity Research Bureau, with the Futures Market Service as its first publication. The Commodity Research Bureau became profitable within its first year of existence. Its success was due in large part to its ability to provide information that was not readily available to traders.

On August 7, 2000, Milton W. Jiler passed away peacefully in the presence of his wife and son. All of us, at Commodity Research Bureau, would like to thank Milton W. Jiler for his foresight and contributions to the success of Commodity Research Bureau.

  • 1934: Founds Commodity Research Bureau (CRB)
  • 1985: Sells Commodity Research Bureau (CRB) (Knight-Ridder Financial (KRF))

Arthur L. Lavallie (1938-1984)

It is with extreme regret that we report the unexpected passing of Art Lavallie, the former publisher of Commodity Perspective. Art's contributions to the growth of CP were extraordinary, and his management was a key factor in the publication's success. His philosophy was to place the needs of CP's readership first, and his efforts toward that end served (and will continue to serve) as an inspiration to all of the staff and management at CP. Art's central role in the publishing of CP earned him the title of "Art the Chart", an effectionate nickname which spoke volumes about his style and the respect for him within the futures industry. Art will be missed, but his memory will remain; and we are thankful for the opportunity of knowing and working with him.

Bernard (Bernie) S. Blair (1919-2010)

On February 15, 2010, Bernie passed away peacefully early on Monday morning in Hong Kong with his wife Teresa by his side. Surviving are two sons, Julien and Grafton, three grandsons, and two great grandchildren.

Bernie was just an ordinary good man, extraordinary in his own ways. Well versed in seven languages, loved classical music, history and literature. He was utterly sincere and true in his words, a great person who always fulfilled his obligations. He inspired us with his passion for learning and his zeal for life, all 90 years, 3 months, and 14 days. He loved his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him dearly.

Bernie was born in Peoria, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois at Champagne in 1942 as a specialist in foreign languages. He easily found employment with the government as a translator and in 1943 was sent to Algiers to serve in the Office of Foreign Relief; he further served the war effort as an interpreter and interrogator across Europe until the end of WWII.

In 1946 he returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Betty, and accepted an offer from MGM to go to East Africa where his two sons were born. At twenty-six, he became Sales Manager for this high profile film company in Kenya, Sao Paulo, Caracas, Rome &Tokyo. One of the highlights of his career occurred in 1959 when he hosted, with Charlton Heston, the grand premiere of BEN-HUR, attended by the Emperor of Japan.

Taking an early retirement in 1972, Bernie moved to Hong Kong, where he set off in a new career direction as a technical analyst and commodity trader. In these early days, when historical data and daily charts were recorded by hand using data from the Wall Street Journal, he soon needed an assistant and found Teresa Wong who was then operating her own secretarial services. In 1978 people started publishing new material on technical analysis and Bernie saw the opportunity to open a new venture, making books and charts available in the Asian market for the first time. Teresa proved to be an efficient and capable business manager. In the following twenty years the business flourished and they were privileged to become friends with the many authors and publishers, software developers, and the interesting clients they attracted from around the world. Some of their first products were from the most well-known names in the industry: Welles Wilder, author of New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems; Perry Kaufman, author of Commodity Trading Systems & Methods; Art LaVallie, publisher of Commodity Perspective (now CRB PriceCharts) and Tim Slater of Computrac.

Bernie retired in the mid-90's and moved to Twyford-England, but he lost his wife of 50 years to a long illness. Later he married Teresa. In spite of his major heart surgery in 1997, after which Dr. Sommerhock said he had only a couple of years left, they managed to stretch their time together for 14 years, traveling throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, visiting their vast network of friends.

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