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Austin Technology Incubator loses promising director

Dr. Johan Gervais, newly appointed director of Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), died suddenly in his home in San Marcos on Sunday (Aug. 16). The cause was a heart attack. He was 42 years old.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Dr. Johan Gervais, newly appointed director of Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), died suddenly in his home in San Marcos on Sunday (Aug. 16). The cause was a heart attack. He was 42 years old.

Gervais was a seasoned professional in business incubation and had served as executive director of Corridor Business Incubator before joining ATI in June. He had worked with technology for more than 20 years and looked to provide guidance and development opportunities to startups in the Austin area in his capacity as director of ATI, the business development branch of The University of Texas’ IC2 Institute. Gervais was first introduced to IC2 Institute and ATI in 1991 while conducting post-doctoral research in technology transfer and management.

Gervais was born Sept. 21, 1955, in Durban, South Africa, to Hulley and Louise J.E. Botha Gervais. He is survived by his wife, Annamarie Du Preez Gervais; his mother, Louise Gervais; one daughter, Elizabeth; and four sons, Brian, Willem, Louis and Johan.

A memorial fund for the Gervais family has been established in memory of Dr. Gervais. Donations can be forwarded to the Dr. Johan Gervais Memorial Fund in care of the Hill Country Bible Church, 1214 Ranch Road, 620 North, Austin, Texas, 78750. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday Aug. 22, at the San Marcos City Cemetery Tabernacle.