”Your reach should exceed
A Memorial Scholarship has been established to honor Stephen D. Server who was born on April 3, 1937 and passed away August 25, 2011. During Steve’s remarkable 45 years in the pre-press and printing businesses, he was considered a pioneer and a visionary.
After working for two years at his father Bill Server’s successful photoengraving business, Steve founded Publishers Phototype , Inc. with his uncle Dave Server and brother-in-law Byron Leeds. “PPI”, as it became universally known in the New York Metro area was a cutting and, at times, bleeding edge computerized phototypesetting company. Along with Diane Romano who started with the company as a paste up artist and later became a partner, PPI was typesetting books, magazines and directories with computers when most of the world was still using hot type. Steve’s large personality, passion and drive helped them to land a long list of household name publishing giants as clients.
Along with new partners Newsweek Magazine and US News & World Report, the company morphed into the world’s largest pre-press company, Applied Graphics Technologies, “AGT”. Under Steve’s leadership, the company was one of the first to make typesetting a byproduct of the editorial process (thereby eliminating manuscripts) , the first to electronically merge photos with text (thereby eliminating stripping) and the first to transmit pages as data via satellite so that magazine printing plants across the world could print weekly issues without having to wait for air carriers to arrive with film.
Steve always believed in training and education and loved working with young people to help foster their careers. It is therefore most fitting that this Scholarship is in his name.