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At 79, Hopper Begins New Career

September 3, 1986

MAYNARD, Mass. (AP) _ Rear Adm. Grace M. Hopper, who retired last month at age 79 as the nation’s oldest active military officer, has launched a new career as a computer consultant.

Hopper, the co-inventor of the widely used computer language COBOL, joined Digital Equipment Corp. on Tuesday as a full-time senior consultant, working out of the computer company’s Washington office.

She was a computer specialist during her military career and will be a spokeswoman for Digital. At the time of her retirement from the Navy, she was assigned to the Naval Data Automation Command in Washington.

Harvey Weiss, vice president of U.S. operations for Digital, said Hopper’s duties will include representing the company, speaking on government issues, writing and publishing computer systems engineering papers, and taking part in Digital’s liaison programs with schools.

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