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Ira Bakst, STORIS Founder, 60

Parsippany, N.J. – Ira Bakst, retired executive VP and co-founder of STORIS Management Systems, passed away April 28th, 2004. He was 60 years old.

The cause was leiomyosarcoma, a form of gastrointestinal cancer.

A 30-plus-year veteran of the software industry, Bakst started STORIS Management Systems in 1989 with former co-worker Don Surdoval. Bakst headed up STORIS’ sales and marketing efforts from the company’s inception and played a leading role in the product’s vision and development. He retired from STORIS last August.

Previously he founded EDP of America, a New Jersey-based software development firm. He sold EDP in 1986.

In May 2002, Bakst was honored as one of the finalists in the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program.

His wife Joan and three sons, Eric, Jimmy and Brendan, survive him.

The National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation will be accepting donations in honor of Ira Bakst. The address is 61 Cherry Street, Suite B, Massapequa, NY 11758. The phone number is 516-799-6350, and the Web site is