1960s
The Making of a Dynamic Duo

After a two year stint in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Alan I. Elkin graduated with a degree in business from the University of Colorado. Alan worked as a sales representative with the Burroughs Business Machine Company upon graduation and with the 3M Company from 1956 to 1960, selling copying equipment. In 1961, Alan came to Baltimore to be a branch manager for the Victor Comptometer Corporation.

While in Baltimore, Alan met Lois Shanman, a mathematics graduate of Goucher College, who was at that time, the first female manager of a regional computer test center for IBM. In 1962, Lois and Alan were married.