Jerry Kelly, CRR.
It is with great sadness to learn that STAR member Jerry Kelley, CRR (Ret.), passed away January 2nd, 2017. Anyone who knew Jerry would say that he was a true Southern gentleman. He was kind, shy, modest, had great faith, and he was a family man. He could also write like the wind.
Back in the late 1970s when computer-aided transcription was making its mark in the court reporting profession, Baron Data sought him out as being an amazing writer, but more importantly, for being a techie. He embraced the new technology and was often teased for having the biggest personal dictionary. It was so big that the Baron programmers had to modify their software to accommodate his numerous steno outlines.
Jerry loved technology and made it his mission to showcase the technology to his colleagues and counsel. Court reporters attending his seminars would learn about the latest advances in CAT and then realtime writing. He was always pushing the envelope of innovation so that we could benefit by having better, more intuitive software development.
First working as a freelancer and then as an official, Jerry always tried to give back to the profession. He gave his time to local, state and NCRA committees. He was the USCRA editor from 1999-2006. Many of you may also know him from NCRA’s listserv. He was always sharing techie ideas and stories of interest related to court reporting. More importantly, he was always reminding us to change the date on our certificate pages in the new year and to be mindful of changing our clocks during daylight savings.
In 2012, Jerry received NCRA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. What a testament to his greatness as a member of the court reporting profession.
He leaves behind his wife Wanda, son Shawn, and daughters Crystal and Marissa.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations to Meals on Wheels of Collin County, 600 N Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069, or the Samaritan Inn of Collin County, 1710 N McDonald St, McKinney, TX 75071.
Respectfully submitted, Linda Fifield
Here’s a YouTube video of Jerry receiving the NCRA DSA award in 2012. He will be missed.
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