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Edson Spencer dies at 85; CEO refocused Honeywell Inc.

Edson Spencer, who as head of Honeywell Inc. first battled IBM's dominance of the computer market in the 1980s, then gave in and focused his company on automation and aerospace technology, has died. He was 85.He died Sunday at his home in Wayzata, Minn., after battling progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurodegenerative brain disease, his family said.In his 34-year career at Honeywell — known as Honeywell International Inc. since its acquisition in 1999 by AlliedSignal Inc. — Spencer rose from an aeronautical engineer to the company's chief executive from 1974 to 1987. Midway through his tenure, Honeywell's top competitor in mainframe computers, International Business Machines Corp.,...

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