Susan Sheridan-Austin, who began her distinguished career as one of the first 25 employees of Microsoft, and who later rose to the role of general manager at Sage Accpac, passed away in February after a two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer.She was 51.

A pioneer in technology, she was one of Microsoft's first 25 employees, leaving to form a marketing and public relations firm in Atlanta, Sheridan/Schmeisser, which she and partner Ian Schmeisser sold in 1988. Sheridan then marketed her way through a nine-year stint at computer-assisted design software developer Autodesk in Sausalito, Calif.

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