Garry Betty, former CEO of ISP EarthLink, died yesterday from complications of liver cancer. (Wikipedia lists the cause of death as adrenal cortical cancer.) He was 49. According to articles in The Atlanta Journal Constitution and elsewhere, Betty had been with EarthLink for 10 years, previously serving as CEO of Digital Communications Associates. Betty graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1979 with a bachelor\u2019s degree in chemical engineering, according to an AP report. He stepped down from his EarthLink position just weeks ago after receiving the cancer diagnosis. According to EarthLink founder Sky Dayton in his entry on a Garry Betty tribute website, \u201cEarthLink would not have ultimately succeeded without Garry. I was the guy that built the plane, and he was the pilot, each of us complementing one another\u2019s particular skill. It was a great partnership.\u201d EarthLink was founded in July 1994. In December 1994, according to the EarthLink website, the company\u2019s annual gross for its first calendar year was $100,000, an amount less than an average day\u2019s revenue two years later. Betty was recruited as CEO to help manage the company\u2019s explosive growth. As the Los Angeles\u00a0Times put it, Betty "oversaw the company\u2019s rise into one of the nation\u2019s largest online service providers and campaigned to bring widespread wireless Internet access to cities." Betty most recently had been managing the company\u2019s attempts to remake much of the way it does business, the Journal Constitution reports. Atlanta-based EarthLink has about 2,200 employees, and according to a company press release, Mike Lunsford will remain interim CEO, a position he has held since Nov. 27, 2006, when Betty took a leave of absence. \u2014Sandy KendallCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.