Just got news today that an old friend and mentor of mine
died on July 12.
You introduced me, when I was 12, to the concept of
computers, programming, logic circuits, and mathematics. I
fell in love with all but the last of these at that young
age as you were discovering them.
You immediately went into the sciences and I went more
music. As time went on, my love for computers and tech
things never left me and I was able to teach myself most of
the technologies I now use today.
I know you were a great supporter of Linux and Free
Software. I know you had a number of DC LUG members
working with you and encouraged the use of Linux on the
basis of its technological strengths and open philosophy.
I've always looked up to you-- a true "Geek Big
that I needed at a very vulnerable time in my life. I
remember you teaching yourself Integral Calculus over a
summer between your Junior and Senior year in High School.
For fun, even!
Perhaps ironically, your death occurs at a time when
starting down the path you trod years before me. I begin
calculus (well, pre-calc) this Fall semester in preparation
for finishing my comp-sci degree. Strange to see that I've
discovered a love of mathematics in reviewing my College
And what eulogy would be complete without a list of
regrets? I'm sorry I couldn't visit you more often this
past year. I'm sorry we had that long period of non-
contact. Mostly, I'm sorry that you won't be around
Even when we were out of contact, you always were-- and
will still be-- a mentor and model for me to look up to.
I wish you peace on your journey, and hope we will meet
again somewhere, somewhen.
With much love and great admiration,