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Van Buren Winston Jr., formerly of Montclair, died peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was 77.

Mr. Winston was born in New Orleans on March 30, 1943, to Van Buren Winston Sr. and Catherine Cahee Winston. 

He received a bachelor of science degree in nuclear physics from Stevens Institute of Technology.  After graduation, he served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force in the continental United States and in the republics of Vietnam and Korea.  

He successfully completed the management program for executives at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Business.  

Mr. Winston’s professional career included more than 20 years as an executive and senior leader in information technology, and he retired from Fashion Institute of Technology after serving 10 years as a senior member of the executive staff of the Office of the Chief Information Officer. 

Prior to FIT, he was a CIO resource person, providing management and strategic consulting support for leading higher education institutional clients of Collegis (now SunGard Higher Education Managed Services). 

Before joining Collegis, he served as a regional account manager with Systems & Computer Technology Corp. (now SunGard Higher Education Solutions), and as a global account executive with MicroAge Integration Group. 

Leveraging his entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Winston co-founded Corporate Consulting Group Inc., a technology management and professional services consulting firm, after serving as the chief operating officer at Accurate Information Systems Inc.

Prior to entering the technology industry, he spent over 10 years managing enterprise-level relationships with Citibank in New York City.  

He was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Mr. Winston is survived by his loving wife, Diane Winston; his daughter, April Willis (Maurice), of Montclair; his son, Damien Hooper-Campbell (Regine); his granddaughter, Kayla Willis; three siblings, Sylvia Winston Green, Shirley Satterwhite and Michael Winston; his mother-in law, Mildred Hooper; his sisters-in-law, Marjorie Allen (George) and Karen Meekins; his brother-in-law, James Hooper Jr. (Patricia), and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

He was predeceased by his parents and by two sisters, Joyce Middletown and Jo-Ann Winston. 

Private services were scheduled.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to one or both of the following nonprofit organizations relevant to Mr. Winston’s life and career: Black Veterans Project,  info@blackveteransproject.org; Tech for Troops, techfortroops.org/donate.