A native of Boston, T. Vincent Learson was IBM's chairman and chief executive officer from June 1971 through January 1973.
Mr. Learson majored in mathematics at Harvard University. He graduated in 1935 and joined IBM the same year. Rising through the sales and marketing ranks, he became vice president in 1954, senior vice president in 1964 and president in 1966. He was also elected to the board of directors in 1966. Following his retirement, he remained a director through 1975, and from 1977 through 1983.
Mr. Learson served as chairman of the board of governors of the New York Insurance Exchange; chairman of the finance committee, Spencer Foundation; a member of The Business Council; an overseer of Harvard University; chairman of the trustees of Newton College; and as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. From September 1975 to January 1977, he served as Ambassador at Large to the United Nations Law of the Sea Conference. He also served on the advisory committee on Law of the Sea.
T. Vincent Learson died November 4, 1996 at age 84.