Patrick J. McGovern, 76; technology journalism pioneer founded International Data Group

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International Data Group founder and chairman Patrick J. McGovern “really got a kick out of seeing his people do great things,” said Pat Kenealy, a former chief executive and publisher of PC World who is now managing director and cofounder of IDG Ventures. “He had a radically decentralized global media company long before it seemed possible or fashionable for most others.”

Mr. McGovern, who with his wife, Lore, gave $350 million to open the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, died Wednesday in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 76 and had homes in Hollis, N.H., and the San Francisco area.

IDG grew to employ 13,000 worldwide. IDG owns 180 print titles, operates more than 400 websites, and produces 700 technology events annually in 55 countries.

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