William Dunn McDaniel

May 13, 1955November 1, 2014

William Dunn "Bill" McDaniel, 59, passed away on November 1, 2014 in Grapevine, Texas, from cancer. Bill was born May 13, 1955 in Dallas, Texas, to Mary Grace (Dunn) and Will Rufus McDaniel. He attended Bishop Dunne High School and the University of Dallas. In 1989, he co-founded GenText, a premier provider of document transform technology. He was a speaker at many industry conferences and was a certified Electronic Document Professional. He was the co-author of In-House Publishing in a Mainframe Environment, On-Line Text Management: Hypertext and Other Techniques, Wrestling Legacy Data To The Web and Beyond, and several other technical books. From there he went on to lead a development team at Adobe Systems, and to mentor doctoral students at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at the National University of Galway, Ireland. In 2010, he returned to Texas and founded Semantistar, a developer of semantically-powered iPad applications. He leaves behind his wife of 39 years, Linda McDaniel of Bedford, Texas, his son Ian McDaniel, of Los Angeles, CA, his sister Linda Leininger of San Antonio, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his two daughters, Nova Dawn McDaniel and Fiona Amber McDaniel, and by his sister Julia. We will remember Bill for his infectious laugh, wonderful spirit and sense of joy that he shared with all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.


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Jim Diggs

December 2, 2014

Bill was a giant of a man - in thought and stature. He was always straightforward and honest in our relationship - both personal and business. He made an impact in his life and that will be his legacy as well. He made an impact.

Domhnall Walsh

November 14, 2014

I had the honour and privilege of working for, and with, Bill. "A gentleman and a scholar" is a very overused phrase, but rarely is it more appropriate - or deserved - than it is here. When Bill spoke, you listened, and you learned.
My deepest condolences to Linda and family.

Giovanni Tummarello

November 13, 2014

Very sad to hear about your departure Bill, It was a pleasure to see you again just 2-3 years ago, your hospitality with Linda was great and left me an ever lasting memory. Things didnt and dont alway work as we wanted, and at the same time we did not have a chance to interact further on those projects. However you have been an example of keeping a positive attitude in face of things going adversely if not adversarial and that example lives on.
A hug and thanks!

Ron Ateshian

November 13, 2014

Good bye my friend. Thanks for being a mentor and for the opportunity to collaborate on Projects such as CORONA and StreamGlider. I will miss you and always remember our talks. My best to your wife Linda and your family.

- Ron

Slawomir Grzonkowski

November 11, 2014

I'm very sorry to learn about your loss.

Stuart Walker

November 11, 2014

Linda, From the first time I met Bill years ago slinging tapes in the NCH computer room, he was one of the most unique and influential people in my life. We wouldn't have been able to do the incredible things that we did at Image Sciences without his talents and leadership. Bill was the one person I could always turn to for most anything...from a brilliant technical solution to a personal confidant. Even though our paths diverged, I always felt I could pick up the phone and he would be there for me. I miss him greatly.

Joanne Gore

November 11, 2014

My deepest and sincerest condolences on Bill's passing.


November 11, 2014

So sorry to hear about the loss of Bill - Linda & family. May he rest in peace.

Lea Leininger

November 11, 2014

Uncle Bill inspired me from as far back as I can remember. He was smart, well traveled, kind, successful, and resilient. He knew what was good. He was always ready to share his knowledge. He was the one who led the afternoon trips to Starbucks for coffee, started the conversations on technology and philosophy, and he brought like minded people along. Most of my Bill memories include Aunt Linda. She figured out the input settings on a huge t.v. in zero seconds flat while some of us wondered how to get the bleeping thing to work. She calmly rounded up a child who had wandered off into the chaos of a fast food restaurant. Uncle Bill and Aunt Linda were always ready with calm advice in any situation. Aunt Linda and Ian, I'm thinking of you and hoping that you are well.

John Loftus

November 11, 2014

It was with great regret that I learned of Bills passing.


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