Memorials for our friends and co-workers at Digital

Obituaries and memorials for former Digital employees may be submitted to info@decconnection.org.  Most recent are listed first.

Please follow links for special memorials and notes for founder/execs Ken Olsen, Win Hindle, Harlan Anderson, and Stan Olsen.

************************** February 25, 2024 ******************************

Eli Lipcon, 77, passed away at his home in Lincoln MA on Sunday, February 25, 2024, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.  Harvard MBA in hand, Eli worked for a few Boston startups in leadership roles. After several years of entrepreneurial experience, he chose to move to a large company, and joined Digital Equipment Corporation as a financial executive. Eli's 20-year career at DEC saw him succeed in various roles in operations and business management, leaving the firm as an industry marketing vice president. Other than a short stint at NYNEX, Eli filled the rest of his professional career in volunteer activities. Relatives and friends will gather for a memorial service on Sunday, May 12th at 2 pm in First Parish, 20 Lexington Road, Concord MA.  Link to full obituary.

************************** February 7, 2024 ******************************

Our condolences to Sue Hunt and other friends of Kathy Stone, 77, of Hampton CT and formerly, Lunenburg MA.  

Kathy passed away peacefully in her daughter Nicole’s home on Wednesday, February 7,2024 after a long courageous battle with cancer. Kathy worked as an executive assistant in administration and CEO support for Borden Chemical, the former Digital Equipment Corp., etc. before her retirement several years ago. She also enjoyed volunteer work at animal shelters.   Link to full obituary.

************************* December 12, 2023 ******************************

Thanks to Jack MacKeen for informing of us the passing of Dick (Richard F.) King, 89, of Maynard MA.  Dick was a lifelong resident of Maynard and St Bridget’s Parish and a graduate of Maynard High School and Boston University and a proud veteran of the United States Army. Dick worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for more than 30 years.  Link to full obituary.

************************** November 28, 2023 ******************************

Thanks to Jay LaCroix for informing us of the passing of his friend George Nickerson, 81, of The Villages FL.  
 Jay wrote:  I was fortunate to have worked with George at DEC on PDP10's from my start in 1967 in the Maynard Mill on 5/5 and later became a life long friend. George was well known in DEC Field Service as tireless field engineer, support engineer and very successful Field Service Manager in the Boston office and other locations across the USA for many years. His always friendly and tireless dedication always made him a pleasure to work with, and to celebrate a Friday night at the Powder Mill Maynard or the Waltham Motor Inn. George was well known as a great role model for his multi-day new hire Customer Satisfaction training sessions that he led for many years in the DEC Waltham office. He was a really great guy and will be long remembered.   Link to full obituary.

************************** November 14, 2023 ******************************

Thanks to Jack MacKeen and Dave Grainger for letting us know promptly about the passing of our former Senior Exec VP  (John Joseph)
Jack Shields III
, 85, of Naples FL and Gloucester MA, on November 14, 2023.  
Jack proudly served in the Navy from 1955-1958 where he enjoyed being part of the flight crew aboard an aircraft carrier. 
He began his career in 1962 as a Field Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he was among the company’s first 100 employees.  Jack enjoyed an illustrious career there where he rose very quickly through the ranks as Digital grew into a corporate computer giant with over 140,000 employees.  He last held the position of Senior Executive Vice President, overseeing the Company’s Sales, Services, Marketing, and International operations comprised at that time of over 70,000 employees. In 1990, Jack joined Computervision Corporation where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer and then as Chief Executive Officer from January 1991 to 1993.  Jack then pursued his interest in the venture capital business and started King’s Point Holdings, Inc., a successful diversified holdings firm comprised of several information technology-based companies, as well as

 instrumentation and production companies related to the cranberry industry.  In 1998, Jack joined Boston Capital Ventures as Managing Partner, bringing his wealth of experience in the computer industry to the firm’s investment business. Jack served on several boards over many years.  He was a Director of Ionics, Inc. of Watertown, Massachusetts, and EXA Corporation of Burlington, Massachusetts, as well as a Director of numerous private start-up companies.  He served on the Board of Trustees of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Clark University, both located in Worcester, MA.  A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he also received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree, Jack completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration.   Link to full obituary.

Note: Dave reports that Jack's wife Judy is planning to hold a memorial for Jack in Gloucester in the spring.

************************** October 8, 2023 ******************************

Thanks to Sharon Wulf for reporting the loss of Rich Hollingsworth, 74, Lincoln MA, on October 8th. Rich graduated from Princeton University in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and he also earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974.  Rich had a distinguished career, contributing significantly to the development of semiconductor microchips. He holds several patents in recognition of his innovative work. He started his professional life at RCA Labs in New Jersey, eventually moving to Massachusetts in 1979 to serve as VP of Semiconductor Technology and Manufacturing at Digital Equipment Corporation. From the mid-1990s onward, he served in leadership roles at various New England-based companies, ranging from large corporations such as Intel to start-ups, including C-Port, SMaL Camera Technologies, Nabsys, and Tego.   Link to full obituary.

************************** September 25, 2023 ******************************

Condolences to our CXO friends on the recent loss of their friend Harry Siegler, 83, of Coon Rapids IA.  
Harry was born on May 25, 1940 in Philadelphia, PA. He served in the Navy as an aviator during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam war, then got a masters in EE from Drexel University. He started working at Digital in Nashua, NH and then moved to Colorado in 1983. He worked at CXO from 1983 until his retirement in 2002. He will be remembered for his sunny disposition, his many enthusiasms, and his infectious laugh.   Link to  full obituary.

************************** September 17, 2023 ******************************

Thanks to Sandra MacKay for sharing the sad news  that Lee Sharon (Strout) Erb, 70, of Nashua NH, passed away after a brief illness. A resident of Nashua since 1977, Lee had an illustrious career with Digital Equipment Corporation where she held a number of positions until her retirement.  Link to  full obituary.

************************** August 31, 2023 ******************************

We offer our condolences to Sandy MacKenzie and other members of the DEXODUS team in the UK on the recent loss of their good friend Tony Corbin, 72. Tony was a key player on the team that just earned the U.K. Lottery funding for the Reading UK Digital Museum. Sadly, he developed colon cancer 6 months ago, which was already stage 4 when diagnosed.  Link to online obituary.

************************** August 31, 2023 ******************************

Our sympathies go out to Tom Coleman, Jerry Bernath, and other friends of Ray Lindsay, Sonoma CA, who passed away on 31 August, 2023. Ray's friend Tom Coleman had just gifted him a DEC Connection membership and in our last e-newsletter, asked old friends to contact Ray.  We are happy to report that Tom's kindness was successful and Ray received several emails from former workmates, only a month before his demise. Ray had battled ALS for the past 20 years.  During his 31-year Digital tenure from 1963-1994, Ray worked in Sales in Pittsburgh, international and GIA.  We have not found an obituary link as of this posting. 

************************** July 20, 2023 ******************************

We were so sad to hear from our member Len Segal: "It is with a tremendous amount of sadness that I am reporting that my beloved Wife and life-partner, Deena Segal, passed away from cancer on 7/20/23. Deena worked at numerous facilities around the Greater Maynard area during her 15 years at DEC (1983-1998)."   Deena was a retiree from Digital Equipment Corp. and BWH/Partners Healthcare. She loved reading and word games.  We send our sincere condolences to Len on his devastating loss; may Deena's memory be a blessing.
Link to full obituary.

************************** July 19, 2023 ********************************

Condolences to our Colorado Springs friends on the passing of their co-worker Warren E. Ehrmann, Sr., 94, of Colorado Springs.  
Link to full obituary.

************************** July 12, 2023 ******************************

Thanks and condolences to our member Michael Bujnowski on the sad news of the passing of his friend David Rasmussen, 82, of Exeter NH.  A proud graduate of the University of Denver, Dave also attended Texas A&M University as well as Berkley College of Music.  He was a business executive in the computer industry, spending much of his career at Digital Equipment Corporation in southern NH.  In his retirement years, Dave enjoyed working as an adjunct professor at Northeastern University as well as traveling with his family. Next to his family, Dave's greatest passion was Jazz.  His lifelong passion for music included the playing of the piano, saxophone, clarinet, and flute. As a composer and arranger, Dave formed the Dave Rasmussen Jazz Orchestra as well as the Sax Factory, playing venues throughout southern NH and northern MA.  He also released several albums throughout his music career.  
Link to full obituary.

************************** June 9, 2023 ********************************

From Tony DiCenzo: Very sad to report the passing of Mark L. Hald, Jr., of Pepperell MA, a long-time DEC employee and friend to many. He was 76. Mark was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation for 35 years and had a stellar career in Field Service. Mark was a graduate of Patchogue High School in 1964 and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1966, where he proudly served until 1973, after which his electronics experience quickly landed him a position with DEC.  Mark became a licensed ham radio operator in 1973. Many of us know Mark through ham radio and our participation in the Acton/Boxboro Amateur Radio Club. A well-attended memorial visitation was held for Mark on June 16. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association in his memory would be welcomed.  Link to full obituary.

************************** June 8, 2023 ********************************

Condolences to his daughter, ex-DECcie Linda Moore-O'Brien (blmoore200@yahoo.com), and other friends on the passing of Richard V. (Dick) Manion of Maynard MA at age 87.   Dick worked for Digital for 28 years, retiring as a project manager in 1992.
Linda said of Dick's career: Dad was in the Memory Group. He started out as a technician, and worked on the PDP8 and PDP11. He worked at the Mill for many years (he would bicycle to work in the summer); later was transferred to Shrewsbury. He was proud of his low badge number, 1014. He loved Digital, and participated in some of the DEC Connection activities, some of them with me!   Link to full obituary.

************************** June 6, 2023 ********************************

Vin Mullarkey Thanks to Sharon Wulf for informing us of the passing of her friend and our former CFO, Vin Mullarkey, 75, of Stow MA on June 6, 2023. Following graduation from Amesbury High School in 1966, Vin attended Bentley University graduating in 1971 with a B.A in Accounting & Finance. He was a member of the Beta Tau Alpha fraternity and played on the hockey team. Vin worked at Digital Equipment Corporation for 27 years beginning as a Financial Analyst, serving in international assignments in Germany & France, as VP & Corporate Controller and ending his tenure as the Chief Financial Officer. In 2000, he purchased Channel Marine at Weirs Beach, NH where he owned and operated the business until he sold it in 2018.   Link to full obituary.

************************** May 6, 2023 ********************************

Condolences to CXO friends of Sarah (Sally) Kuehn, 75, of Colorado Springs, who passed away in May.
Maureen Burness commented:  Sally worked downstairs at CXO1 and served in Kuwait with her husband for several years.  She was fun to work with and as you can see, quite beautiful.  Link to full obituary.

************************** April 29, 2023 ********************************

Helen VonGunden Condolences to our CXO friends on the passing of Helen Von Gunden, 82, of Colorado Springs.  John McClelland wrote that "every time I took a road trip with demonstration equipment, Helen took care of getting it there and back for me."  Helen met her future husband Donald, and toured the world as a military wife. After having two sons (Eric and Keith) the family settled in Colorado Springs in the late 80s. During this time she worked for such companies as DEC\Digital Equipment Corp, Compaq and HP until her retirement. Helen was very active with travel, genealogy, AARP and after Don's passing, the Society of Military Widows. Don and Helen were honored in 2015 for contributions to their Black Forest AARP chapter - see Member Publicity page.   Link to full obituary.
************************** April 14, 2023 ********************************
Condolences to new member Rich Romano and other friends of Judy Christensen, 79, Berlin MA, who tragically died when her home blew up due to a gas leak last Thursday.  Judy's daughter Jill was injured in the explosion but will recover. 

It is with great sadness that I announce the tragic passing of Judy A. Christensen of Berlin, MA. I met Judy in 1980 at DEC Marlborough. She was an amazing person with a vibrant personality, always cheerful and a great laugh. Judy was always there for anyone who needed help. She was very active in the local community as well as the DEC community. She will be missed. She was a great friend.  Link to full obituary. 

************************** April 10, 2023 ********************************

Victor Bradford “Brad” Lawson, age 88, longtime member of the Briarwood Retirement Community in Worcester, passed away April 10, 2023 at UMass Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness. Born in Holden, Brad lived in both Worcester and Holden; was graduated from Holden High School, then Worcester Junior College where he earned an Associate Degree in Engineering followed by a long career with Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, MA.  Brad was an original DRA member and a DEC Connection member for many years.   Link to full obituary.

************************** March 2, 2023 ************************************

The DEC Connection regretfully announces the passing of one of our founding directors, Marilyn Goodrich, 89, Sudbury MA, on March 2nd. Marilyn worked for Digital for 20 years and retired after serving as the Event Planner for the Eastern States Sales Organization. In the mid-1990s, Maryland became the Director of Chapter 1776, one of the chapters of the Digital Retiree Association [DRA]. She became a Board member in 1997. She also served three years on the BOD of the Hewlett-Packard Retiree group as a representative from Digital.

Marilyn continued to serve on the DRA Board. In 2006, the DRA was enhanced with a website and a new name, the DECconnection. Marilyn was a major contributor to this effort and active in member outreach and retiree events. She remained on the Board until 2023. If not for Marilyn’s 20-year commitment to the Digital Retiree Association, it is unlikely that the DECconnection organization would exist today. Marilyn will be greatly missed by the DECconnection Board and by the many lives she touched in her efforts to bring Digital retirees together.
In ad
dition to her devotion to all things Digital, Marilyn had many hobbies: gardening, bike riding, Alpine skiing, playing guitar in a Scottish orchestra, singing in the Chapel Choir and Gospel Group at her church.  She also enjoyed knitting, sewing, cooking, reading and history.  And of course spending time with her 2 sons and extended family.

************************** February 12, 2023 ********************************

I am very sad to report the passing of my friend Richard G. Smith, 75, Upton MA, from cancer in February.  I worked with Richard in my last position at Digital in the Low-End AlphaServer product management group.  He was a supportive friend, bright, funny, and a most dedicated employee. (Frank Bomba, our engineering manager added: My wife and I remembered Richard to be a kind and generous person; he was also a pleasure to work with.)  He spent a total of 30 years of his career at Digital and HP.  I am sure after reading it that he wrote his own obituary. I missed his demise and only learned of his passing after trying to get in touch after a few months (he had been told his cancer was in remission when we last spoke).  RIP, Richard; smooth sailing to a better place.     Ava Schutzman

 ************************** February 6, 2023 ********************************

The Colorado Springs group has reported the passing of their friend Gregory N. Redden, 66, in Feb. '23.  He lost his battle with metastatic cancer. Greg was born in Colorado Springs CO in 1956 by parents Lillie Pearl and George Redden. Graduate of Coronado High School, he was briefly in the U.S. Airforce and later worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for many years. He ended his career working at Oracle corporation before retirement.

Link to full obituary.

 ************************** January 23, 2023 ********************************


Our condolences to DEC Connection member Ian Ferguson and other DEC Canada friends on the passing of John Lamb, Montreal ON.  Ian wrote: It is with deep sadness that at the family’s request I am announcing the passing of John Lamb. He remains the most charming man I have ever met and a dear dear friend. John passed last evening at home with his family after a long battle with illness. The family is planning for a small and private service. I’m sure Janet would love to hear from you who remember John’s central role in DEC Montreal and later Kanata and Toronto Headquarters. He was loved by many. Jeanette Lamb's email is: (jeanettelamb@cogeco.ca)

 ************************** December 7, 2022 ********************************

Condolences to Anker Berg-sonne and other friends of John Shebell, 75, Stow MA, who passed away after a period of declining health. John spent most of his career working for Digital Equipment Corp. where he was a Corporate Consulting Engineer. He led pioneering development of remote telemetry methods for support delivery, and the design of self-healing memory subsystems. He later became the Group Manager of Reliability/Maintainability Programs including Site Planning, Artificial Intelligence applications for service delivery, and differential analysis methods for fault diagnosis of complex systems. He also gave occasional graduate level seminars at universities in the US and Europe on system engineering topics. In the late 1980's John served as a consultant to the US Congress through the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and to other Government departments on topics relating to cyber security and worldwide computer network deployment.   Link to full obituary.

 *************************November 23, 2022 ********************************

Condolences to Jim Porter and other Colorado Springs friends of John (Johannes Ernst) Kowall, 84, of Mobile AL, on his passing.  Jim sent the following:  My wife, Marguerite Porter, and I are former DEC employees in Colorado Springs. John Kowall (a retired DEC employee in CSSE (Customer Service Systems Engineering) in CX0) passed away a few weeks ago. I met John while I was in the CSSE group in CX01. We traveled to a few South Pacific countries to teach the local teams about the CX01 products. This photo of John Kowall at a restaurant in Hong Kong was taken by Marguerite.   Link to full obituary.

 **************************November 16, 2022 ********************************

Sherri D. (Long) Murdock, 62, Colorado Springs, passed away on November 16, 2022, after living many difficult years with Multiple Sclerosis. Sherri graduated from Mitchell High School in 1978 and worked many years for Digital Equipment and the Olympic Volleyball Team. Before her MS diagnosis, Sherri was an avid bicyclist and outdoor enthusiast.

Link to full obituary.

 *************************November 11, 2022 ********************************

Leta S. Levett, 70, who had worked in the Colorado Springs facilities, passed away suddenly on Friday, November 11, 2022.  Our condolences to her CXO friends.

Link to full obituary.

 ************************** October 20, 2022 **********************************

James Magaldi wrote to let us know of the passing of his friend, Frank A. Kalwell, 87, of York ME. Frank attended Boston University in Business Administration and graduated in 1961. Upon graduation he began working for the start-up company Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, Massachusetts. He spent 32 enjoyable years at Digital in various dministrative positions; Frank was the Property Manager for the Merrimack facilities, in charge of Plant Engineering & Building Maintenance, Security, Office Services, Construction and remodeling offices in support of moves and rearrangement.   In 1992 Frank retired and relocated to York, Maine where he served on the York Board of Assessors Committee, York Hospital Ambulance Board, Sohier Park Committee and Mt. Agamenticus Facility Coordinator.  Link to full obituary.

 ************************** October 26, 2022 **********************************

Sad news from Jack Richardson:  I am writing to inform you of the passing of Denny (Denzil J.) Doyle, 90, Ottawa ON, long-term executive of Digital Equipment of Canada, on October 26, 2022.
Denny joined Digital very early in 1962, as the first employee of Digital Equipment of Canada, headquartered in Carleton Place, Ontario. He was the Regional Sales Manager of DEC Canada under Ted Johnson for many years. In the early 70's, he moved the Canadian Sales and Manufacturing Headquarters to Kanata, Ontario. In the mid-'70's, he was named by Ken Olsen as President of DEC Canada and held that position until 1982.
At that time, he formed the company Doyletech and remained active across Canada as a highly regarded consultant and speaker throughout the hi-tech industry, specializing in the transfer of technology from the Canadian Government scientific laboratories to the industrial sector.
   He was appointed to the National Research Council of Canada in 1982. He co-founded Instantel Inc., an Ottawa-based supplier of instrumentation equipment and served on the board of directors for many successful Canadian high technology companies including Mitel, Newbridge Networks, and Gennum Corp. He also served as Chairman of Capital Alliance Ventures Inc., an Ottawa-based venture capital company specializing in technology investment.

In recognition of his accomplishments, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by Carleton University, granted fellowship in the Engineering Institute of Canada, received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada.
  Link to full obituary

************************** October 26, 2022 ********************************

  Condolences to friends of Digital retiree Kanailal Raha, who passed away on 26 October at Kolkata, India.  We were informed by his brother-in-law, Arun Deb, who can be reached at email arundeb@msn.com.

 ************************** October 14, 2022 ********************************

 Our condolences go out to Kathy Jezior (kljezior@gmail.com) and family, and to his Digital friends, on the recent passing of her father, Colonel Anthony (Tony) M. Jezior, USA, (Ret.), 88, of Cary NC. Colonel Jezior graduated from Cathedral Latin High School in Cleveland, Ohio; United States Military Academy (B.S), West Point, New York, and Georgia Institute of Technology (M.S.), Atlanta, Georgia. He served for 23 years in the U.S. Army Infantry in locations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In Vietnam he served in the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Division (the Big Red One). Among his numerous awards were the Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Bronze Star with Second Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge.  After retiring from the U.S. Army, Colonel Jezior was employed by Digital Equipment Corp. in a variety of management positions. After retiring from Digital, he did management consulting in Washington D.C. and Ohio.  Link to full obituary.

 ************************** October 2, 2022 ********************************

Philip C. Hopkins Our condolences to daughter Krystal, who notified us that her dad Philip C. Hopkins, 76, Ashby MA, died on October 2, 2022.   Born in Fitchburg and raised in Ashby, Phil had a long career as an electronics technician and was involved in several patents. He was a proud veteran, and served overseas in the Navy during the Vietnam War from 1964 until 1968.   Link to full obituary.

************************** September 20, 2022 ********************************


Condolences to the CXO alums on the passing of their friend, Ron Holton, Colorado Springs CO:

We have lost our friend & DEC/Compaq/HPE Alumni Ron Holton. Ron’s daughter Harley reached out and he passed Tuesday, September 20th.  Ron retired March 2020 from HPE.  Ron worked in CXO with Power supply team, disk drives, and HW R&D.  Link to full obituary when available.

 ************************** September 19, 2022 ********************************

Condolences to Jack Mileski and other friends of Bill (William E.) Burns, 79, of Wilmington MA, who passed away on September 19.  Bill worked as a computer sales and marketing executive for Digital Equipment Corporation for most of his professional career.  He earned a certificate in executive leadership from the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Mellon University in 1991.  Jack writes that he and Bill worked together at our partner program (ASAP) at Digital.

Link to full obituary.

 ************************** September 5, 2022 ********************************

Our sincere condolences to daughter Beth Miller and friends of DEC Connection member Ruth Armknecht, 89, Atlanta GA, on Ruth's passing. Ruth graduated from Lexington High School in 1950. A lifelong leaner, she went on to graduate from Simmons College in 1954. She furthered her studies by attending the Harvard Radcliffe Program in Business Administration. Later in 1970 she earned her Master's in Educational Administration from Northeastern. Ruth worked for Digital Equipment Corporation from 1974 until her retirement in 1992, including in the Educational Services organization. Ruth made her home in Concord MA until 2014 when she moved to Atlanta to be closer to her daughter. Link to full obituary.

 ************************** August 30, 2022 ********************************

We are greatly saddened to report the passing of DEC Connection member Ted (Theodore R.) Sares, 85, North Conway NH, only 4 days after receiving a diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  Ted spent his 1979-1992 Digital career in human resources and administration, including developing Digital's early retirement program circa 1990.  (He did a great job for those who took advantage of that program; I've often wondered how many start-ups were financed with those payouts.) Dennis Reardon, who informed us of Ted's passing, wrote: "Ted and I worked together at DEC and stayed in touch regularly for the past few years. Ted sent me an autographed copy of his book Shattered in 2012. Ted was great guy and a good friend and will be missed by many." In addition to DEC, Ted had at least two other careers - he was a long-time boxing writer (link to a boxing writer obituary Dennis sent), author of two boxing books (Ted fought in the Golden Gloves and was a Hall of Fame member of Ring 4 in Boston), obtained his Ph.D., and in his late 70s became a world-class powerlifter, winning competitions well into his 80s.  Link to full obituary.

 ************************** August 27, 2022 ********************************
We are sad to report that Enrique Gomez, 71, Westford MA, passed away on 27 August 2022.
One DEC friend described him: He was a very special, dear friend of everyone in Asia/Pac-GIA, and also in later years in the Outsourcing Management organization.  He passed away in the summer of 2022 and last November (2022) his wife, Liliana Guiterrez held a Celebration of Life in Westford, MA, attended by over 100 people who knew and loved Enrique.
Link to full obituary.

 ************************** August 3, 2022 ********************************

Condolences to Frank Ignachuck and other friends of DEC Connection member Ann S. Hurd, 73, Rockport MA, who passed away following a long-term cancer illness. A 1967 graduate of Gloucester High School, she attended Mount Holyoke College in Hadley, MA, graduating with an art degree in 1971. After college, Ann moved to Boston where she worked in the Massachusetts State House and the admissions office at Boston University. In 1983, Ann moved to Bolton, MA, after accepting a job as the State & Local Government Relations Manager for Digital Equipment Corporation. One of her very first projects for Digital was convincing state officials an exit ramp was needed for the swelling traffic numbers in the Marlboro area. In 2001, Exit 23C for Simarano Drive on I-495 opened to the public. She proudly called the ramp "her exit" every time time she passed it on the highway. In 1998, Ann began working for Intel Corporation based in Hudson, MA.  Ann was married to John C. Rodenhiser, Jr., another long-term DECcie; John passed away in July 2016. Frank writes: I worked with Ann for many years during my time as a member of the Maynard Selectboard.  I particularly remember the afternoon she asked to meet with me for coffee in the MSO-1 cafeteria to tell me personally that Digital was going to close the Mill.  It was one of those days you never forget.  Link to full obituary.

 ************************** July 19, 2022 ********************************

Thanks to Peter Kent for sending in this sad news about Rene Martinez Rene Martinez, 68, of Miami Beach, Florida and Mashpee, MA, and formerly of Holliston, MA, passed away unexpectedly on July 19, 2022. He was born in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to the United States at the age of six. His family moved from Miami to Bristol, RI in 1965. Rene became an outstanding student-athlete and proud member of the Bristol High School Class of 1973; he was later enshrined in the Bristol Athletic Hall of Fame. Rene continued to play baseball at Colby College where he earned a degree in Economics and was also a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Rene worked for IBM and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) prior to becoming an entrepreneur and co-founding two companies.  Link to full obituary.

 ************************** June 24, 2022 ********************************

Our sincere condolences and thanks to son Nathan Harker (nathan.r.harker@gmail.com) for letting us know about the passing of his dad, DEC Connection member Scott Evans Harker, 77, of Groton MA, on 24 June 2022. Scott was a graduate of the Moses Brown School in Providence, RI (1964), Boston University (1969), and Clark University in Worcester, MA (1985). Some of his proudest accomplishments were as a communications consultant for Digital Equipment Corporation in Marlborough, MA from 1975 to 1996; an activist for the disabled, advocating for and participating in multiple committees to help serve and protect disability rights in Groton & Nashua; and playing an active role in establishing an archive dedicated to his most beloved professor at Moses Brown.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Scott's honor to WCRB Classical Radio in Boston MA.  Link to full obituary.

************************** June 14, 2022 ********************************

We are terribly saddened to announce the sudden passing of one of our DEC Connection volunteer directors, Barrie Hunter, 82, Marlborough MA, on June 14. Barrie had earned his BA degree from the University of Western Australia, and was a graduate of Digital’s MBA program at Harvard Business School.  He joined Digital Equipment in Australia in 1967; before he retired in 2005, Barrie spent nearly 40 years with Digital, Compaq and HP in services, sales, marketing and operations positions in the US, Australia, Asia Pacific and the General International Area.

In retirement, Barrie volunteered with Marlborough Community Services, the Hudson Food Pantry, and SOAR55. Barrie enjoyed golf, sailing, and skiing. He was an avid reader and enjoyed travel.  Barrie served as a volunteer director of our alumni association, The DEC Connection, for 10 years.  He and his wife Anne hosted several of our summer outings at their home.

Barrie passed away in his sleep, on 14 June 2022.  Our sincere condolences to his wife Anne and their family.  Barrie will certainly be missed.   Link to full obituary.

************************** June 12, 2022 ********************************

Bob Schaumann sadly reports the passing of his friend George A. Murphy, 79, on June 12, 2022.  George was a marketing consultant with the CSS Group in Merrimack.   George was married for 55 years to Charlotte, and they lived in Milford NH at the time of his passing on June 12, 2022, two months short of his 80th birthday.  George earned a BS in Computer Science from Daniel Webster College in Nashua and an Executive MBA from Boston University.  He also retired as a full Commander in the United States Naval Reserve. He was a "good guy," and I served with him in the active Navy Reserve with Mobile Undersea Warfare Unit 201.

************************** May 30, 2022 ********************************


Thanks and condolences to Lou DiFinizio, who  just wrote in:

I am saddened to report the passing of Louis (Lou) Edward Klotz, Jr., 76, of Bolivia NC, a good friend and longtime DIGITAL family member.  Lou passed yesterday of a long illness surrounded by his loving wife Patti and children. The old PDP 8 guys remember Louie, Louie and Louie from Brooklyn.  We left on the Eastern Air Shuttle from LaGuardia to Logan to begin our DEC adventure on July 6, 1966.  DEC Teck, PDP-8's, 10-hour shifts on the line, subs from the Maynard House of Pizza, dinner at Russo's and your first legal drink at the Powder Mill (we were 20 when we started).  We were near the launch pad when the DEC rocket took off for a magnificent flight. We were also on the pad as the rocket came crashing back to Maynard in the 1990's. Lou, RIP... I bet you can still hand load RIM.  Link to full obituary.

 ************************** May 20, 2022 ********************************

Our condolences to Sue Lawrence-Longo and many friends of John Longo, 74, of Enfield CT, who passed away in May.  Sue says: My ex-husband worked for many years at DEC facilities in Maynard, Acton, and Nice, France. He acquired dozens upon dozens of good friends along the way.

Link to full obituary.

 ************************** May 15, 2022 ********************************

His friend Richard Thistle wrote to us:  It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Carmine Tata, 77, Leominster MA, this past May. Carmine was a key member of the Maynard Board Shop and Plant Quality team, a great family man and friend to so many. He was one of the people who made DEC such a great place to work. He will be sorely missed by his family and all of us who were fortunate to know him. 
Link to full obituary.

 ************************** May 12, 2022 ********************************

Judy Kilgore reported via Colorado Springs: Brenda C. Wyrick, 81, passed away in May 2022.  Last I knew she was a teacher here in Colorado Springs. At DEC she was a safety engineer under Irving BurgBrenda was also a sister Cherokee and a member of our Diversity group DANCE (Digital American Native Council Effort). She obtained signed photos of Wilma Mankiller for the two of us. The photo of Brenda in the obit does not look like her at all, it may be from college days. I was very sad to learn that Brenda had passed away. She always seemed young at heart. Rest in Peace, Brenda.  Link to full obituary.

************************** May 11, 2022 ********************************

Our condolences to friends of Eddie (Edward Fred) Trujillo, 64, of Colorado Springs, who passed away on May 11.  Eddie worked for Digital as a clean room technician for many years.   Link to full obituary.

 ************************** May 7, 2022 ********************************


Condolences to Bob Kaplow and other friends of Randy (Randall Robert) Barth, 70, of Cicero IL, who passed away following a long battle with lung cancer.  Randy worked for DEC, Compaq, and HP  in the Chicago area from the 80s until a few years ago. Link to full obituary.

 ************************** mid-April, 2022 ********************************

Thanks to Kerry Bensman for reporting the sudden passing of Barry James Folsom, 75, Laguna Woods CA.  Our condolences to his many friends from Digital.  Barry James led the Rainbow group and introduction of Digital's personal computer from 1980-1985.  He went on to become an executive at Sun Microsystems and many more companies, then as a strategic turnaround consultant for technology companies.    Note from Editor: we have not been able to find an obituary.

 ************************** April 4, 2022 ********************************

Our condolences to ex-DEC son Mark Fredrickson and family, and to friends of Richard "Dick" Fredrickson, 90, Topsfield MA, who passed away in April. Mark writes that Dick's Digital career spanned 1973-1990 and being New England District Sales Manager in the 1970s was his favorite job in a long career. He also worked in both the Technical OEM and Commercial OEM groups. He loved Digital.   Mark's own Digital years (1983-1995) overlapped with his dad’s and it was a great thrill to run into people who knew him and always had nothing but praise for him.   Link to full obituary.

************************** March 1, 2022 ************************************

Our condolences to Anker Berg-Sonne, Marilyn Jenney and other friends of Carl L. Crockford, 74, Goffstown NH, who passed away March 1 following complications from of Parkinsons and diabetes. Carl joined the DEC Education Marketing group in 1978 and moved to Tech OEM in the 80's before leaving in the early 90's.   Link to full obituary.

************************** February 17, 2022 ********************************

Our condolences to CXO friends of Ronald Bowser, 76, of Colorado Springs CO.  Ron worked at Digital for 25 years. During that time, he also served as a Deputy Sheriff for the El Paso County Sheriff's department. He was proud of his active and reserve service in the Air Force, and his two tours in Desert Storm. Link to full obituary.  Ron's Memorial Service will be March 18th at 2 pm at St. James Church, 4516 Northpark Dr., 80918.

************************** February 16, 2022 ********************************

Condolences to Fritz Aumann and other friends of Jerry Butler, 81, Nashua NH, who passed away in February.  Fritz wrote this testimonial:  I have just learned of the passing of Gerald (Jerry) V. Butler, Jr. in February 2022. Jerry joined DEC in the late 60’s on the PDP-X and PDP-15 projects, eventually going to Computer Special Systems in Santa Ana CA, and Nashua NH, other DEC projects, and other companies. He was my boss, my mentor, my neighbor and GREAT friend. He turned CSS from a directionless, unprofitable, lack of customer focus and company strategic value group into a profitable, customer focused, employee, corporate asset.  I loved working with Jerry and will miss him, as will the CSS community which still lives. Link to full obituary.

 ************************** February 15, 2022 ********************************

We are sad to report hearing from Marguerite Avery about the demise of her father, Bill (William L.) Avery, of Stow MA, who led the PC development effort at Digital.  Bill succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease just before his 82nd birthday.  Marguerite said that Bill often remarked that his years at DEC were the best of his life professionally in terms of the work he did, and the caliber of his colleagues.

From the full obituary: Bill developed a passion for computers and after resigning his USCG post, he continued his education at North Carolina State University where he earned his Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1968. He was hired by Burlington Industries Research Group to develop a distributed data acquisition and control system for their 130+ plants (which remained in use until 1991). In 1973 he was recognized by the IEEE as the outstanding young engineer in North Carolina, and was snapped up by Digital Equipment Corporation shortly thereafter to advance development for the PDP-11 family of industrial computers. In 1981, DEC president Ken Olson tapped Bill to develop their personal computer line, where he established the Rainbow and DECMATE Product Groups, achieving products for show within a nine-month window. After ten years at DEC, Bill played the field with positions at Data General, Sun Microsystems, Encore, Shiva, Intel's Supercomputer division, and Picturetel. He particularly enjoyed building PCs from scratch with his daughters.

 ************************** February 13, 2022 ********************************

Thanks to Mary Collins for informing us of the recent passing of her friend, Bud (Benjamin J.) Messar, 75, of Ashburnham MA, following a long illness.  Bud's wife Carol was also ex-Digital.  Over the years Bud worked in several computer companies, and promotional products companies in Informational Technology.  Link to full obituary.

 ************************** February 6, 2022 ********************************

Thanks to Jack Richardson for sharing the sad news of the passing of Henry Joseph Crouse, Digital employee Badge #26, and V.P. of Strategic Relations.  His obituary is extraordinary for its concentration on Henry's Digital career and contributions - use this link to read it in its entirety.

Henry was instrumental in building DEC's worldwide supply base and introduced external resources as a corporate strategy. He is given great credit, along with others, for his role in DEC's tremendous growth in the 1970's and 80's employing more than 116,000 people and becoming a $14 billion corporation. He spent over 33 years at Digital in key positions; many described in the obituary.

 **************************  February 3, 2022 ********************************

Our condolences to Eileen DerGurahian and other friends of Kevin E. Reid, 77, Andover MA who passed away in February.  Kevin was a Human Resources colleague who worked at DEC for several years in the Corporate Benefits department. Link to full obituary.

 ************************** January 20, 2022 ********************************

Our sincere condolences to Maureen Burness and all friends in CXO and elsewhere on the passing of her husband, Jack Burness, 75, Colorado Springs, who left us on January 20, 2022. Maureen said: With his bigger than life personality, humor, and intellect, he was loved and respected by so many people, including his devoted family. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946, he received his Engineering Degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and was employed by DEC, Maynard in the early days and then here in Colorado Springs. Many of you knew he had a huge appetite for the outdoors of Colorado and Martha’s Vineyard and joined him in his sometimes-disastrous adventures.

 ************************** January 20, 2022 ********************************

DEC Connection member Joe LaRose wrote to let us know about the death of a DEC employee and personal friend, Paul Guest, 77, Paris France, 20 January 2022. Paul was employed at DEC from 1978 through 1998.  He was the ‘Group Audit Manager’ for DEC Europe and he reported to me from 1980 through 1986, during the period when I was the ‘Corporate Internal Audit Manager’.  He also held finance management positions in the US and lived in Lynnfield MA for several years.  He returned to Europe in the mid 1990’s and lived in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, leaving DEC shortly after the Compaq acquisition.

 ************************** January 9, 2022 ********************************

Bill and Bettylou Long

Son Andrew Long wrote us to advise the DEC community of the passing of DEC Connection member William H. (Bill) Long, of Bourne MA, badge 659, on January 9, 2022, a week after his 89th birthday, in his sleep after a short illness. Mourning his loss are, among others, his love of over 70 years, Bettylou, their four children, and their nine grandchildren.
Bill Long joined DEC in 1963 and retired in 1987. During his DEC tenure he served in positions from PDP-8 Product Line Manager to Vice President OEM, Vice President Technical Group Marketing, and many others. In his own words, “…these were some of the best years of my life…”, working at a company, “…replete with bright, creative, hard-working folks who were a pleasure to be associated with.” He maintained many of his DEC relationships long after his departure. After retirement, Bill and Bettylou moved to Cape Cod, where he enjoyed new passions as an actor, carpenter, radio-reader for the blind, volunteer tax preparer, golfer, and grandfather. Words cannot express how much he is missed.

Andrew.Long@delta.com   Link to full obituary.

************************** January 7, 2022 ********************************

Dr. Duane T. Napp, 88, of Houston TX, passed away on Jan 7, 2022. He was born on November 5, 1933 in Owatonna MN. Duane Napp was a graduate of Austin Minnesota High School  and received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Minnesota and Masters of Science from University of Michigan and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from University of Minnesota. Duane began his career in the computer industry with IBM in 1969. As a chemist and manufacturing process engineer he was instrumental in the design of the IBM System/370, IBM 3031, IBM 3033, IBM 3091, IBM 3090, IBM 3091 during18 years with IBM. He joined Digital Equipment Corporation from 1987-1992, where he led the development of the revolutionary VAX/VMS 8000 and the fastest computer ever designed at Digital, the VAX/9000 team. Duane then joined the National Center for Manufacturing Science in Ann Arbor Michigan. Since his retirement in 1999, Duane authored sections of textbooks on Electronic Packaging and Manufacturing with IBM Fellow, Dr. Donald P. Seraphim, PhD.  After retirement he became a consultant until 2006 when he fully retired.  Link to full obituary.

************************** January 3, 2022 ********************************

Our condolences to Bill Gordon and other friends of Jack (John) Duffy, 80, of Andover MA, who passed away on January 3, 2022.   Bill said Jack was "by far my best boss during 18+ years at DEC."  Jack started work at IBM on his graduation from Boston College in 1963 and would remain in the computer industry, working at Digital Equipment Corp for many years, before taking his final job as Manager of Management Information Systems for the Sisters of Saint Joseph, for the final years of his career. 

 Link to full obituary.

 ************************** December 23, 2021 ********************************

We thank Galen Davis for sending in news and photos of Bill Seitz, and offer condolences to the DEC AZ family. William (Bill) Seitz, 77, of San Tan Valley, passed away in his home peacefully on Thursday, December 23, 2021.  Bill was born February 23, 1944 in Homestead PA, the 9th of 11 children. After returning from the Army, he married his childhood sweetheart on July 15, 1967. Bill then completed his Degree in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania Technical Institute and began working for Digital Equipment Corporation.  In 1976, Bill and his family moved to Phoenix, AZ. Galen commented that Bill had a long DEC career in Westfield and Phoenix.  He attended many of our AZ Alumni lunches and always had a positive attitude toward DEC and life.  He retired from Digital and focused on family and woodworking.  Link to full obituary.


************************** December 10, 2021 ********************************

DEC Connection member Steve Rothman sent in news of the passing of Charles Francis Perrell, 72, Los Altos Hills CA.  Charlie worked at Digital from 1977-1983. He was P/L manager for the LA34 printer line in Terminals Marketing in one assignment. He relocated to Silicon Valley as a Director for the startup of Sun Microsystems, where he initiated and ran the company's international business. He later was a co-founder and Exec VP of Network Appliance Corp.  He was an angel investor and philanthropist as a retiree. Link to full obituary.

************************** December 1, 2021 ********************************


Thomas J. Eaton, 72, of Gloucester MA passed away peacefully December 1 at Kaplan House Care Dimensions, Danvers. He graduated from Catholic Memorial and Boston College Class of 1970 with a degree in finance. After service in the Massachusetts National Guard, Tom joined the National Bureau of Economic Research as an analyst. After "learning the ropes" at the Bureau, he moved on to Digital Equipment Corp (DEC). At DEC, Tom began his career rise domestically and abroad occupying financial management positions in the United States, Dublin, London, and Hong Kong. International postings continued for Conner Peripherals, and Seagate Technology.

Link to full obituary.

************************** November 21, 2021 ********************************

Condolences to friends of Clarence J. Shanks, 88, of Colorado Springs who passed away on November 21.  He served as a US Army Military Police Staff Sergeant and retired in July 1973 at Fort Carson, CO. He later served with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department and later retired from Digital Equipment Corporation. Link to full obituary.

************************** November 13, 2021 ********************************

Condolences to the DEC AZ group on the loss of their friend Norman Croisetiere, 77, of Glendale AZ, who attended the Phoenix Mfg alum luncheons with his wife Cindy. Norm, originally from Holyoke MA, had worked as a Supply Quality Engineer at Digital for 17 years; he worked at the Union Hills DEC facility. Sadly, Norm recently succumbed to a long battle with cancer. There is a military service for Norman Croisetiere, US Navy, on December 8, 10:30 am honors, National Memorial Cemetery. Escort Requested Chapel of the Chimes to National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.


************************** November 13, 2021 ********************************

Condolences to the CXO group on the loss of their friend Hugh (Hubert S.) Nethercot, Colonel (USAF) Retired, 86, of Canon City CO. Hugh entered ROTC at Kansas State U, joined the USAF in 1959, where he was a highly decorated Air Force colonel, including the Bronze Star. In 1985 he retired from the Air Force, worked for the PGAV, an architectural firm, and then at Digital Equipment Corporation as the Facility Manager. He retired and became a snowbird in the Rio Grande Valley in TX for 18 winters. He and his wife Elaine returned full-time to Colorado Springs, then Parker CO, and this year, to Canon City. Link to full obituary.


************************** November 9, 2021 ********************************

Our condolences to the many friends of Mark Hardy Bramhall,73, of Acton MA and Paris, France, who passed away in early November.  Mark met Jan Kschinka at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1966, when both were freshmen; they married a week after graduation in 1970 and had recently celebrated their 51st anniversary. Mark carried a double major in mathematics and physics at Carleton. He became intrigued by computers his freshman year, and spent his entire career as a computer programmer/software engineer. He worked for many years with Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, Nashua, and Merrimack. Mark was a star in Digital's software engineering world, having led the RSTS/E effort. (Friend Ian Waring reports that Mark was Mr RSTS/E - the microfiche had MHB all over the source code.)

Upon leaving DEC, Mark was employed as CTO for Symmetrix, Portal Solutions, Code Lab, Allin, and Pet Rock. After retirement, he accepted a job with Fermat, a start-up company in France, which fulfilled his long-held dream of living in Paris, while doing a job he found satisfying and delightful. Link to full obituary.

************************** November 9, 2021 ********************************

Maureen Burness sent in the sad news that we have lost Carol J. Pietraallo, 71, Colorado Springs, who worked in CX03.  Carol graduated from the University of Southern Colorado with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work in 2000. Carol truly loved helping people.

Link to full obituary.

************************** November 6, 2021 ********************************


Condolences to John Ratay and other friends of Richard L. Pfender, 68, Pittsburgh PA, who died suddenly on November 6, 2021.  John says he and Rich both started at Digital on November 5, 1973.  They worked together at the Charleston WV Service Center before Rich transferred to PGH.  Link to full obituary.

************************** October 31, 2021 ********************************

David Toub reported that his Digital Business & Office Systems colleague Wade Culberson, 79, passed away in the Atlanta GA area.  Mr. Culberson proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Wade retired from Hewlett Packard as the director of international logistics.  Our condolences to Wade's many Digital friends.

 Link to full obituary.

************************** September 28, 2021 ********************************

Thanks to Eric Monk of the U.K. for notifying us about the passing of Raymond P. Lamy, 73, of Bedford NH.  Ray was a successful Safety Engineer at DEC Nashua and built professional connections with DEC European Product Safety Laboratory (EPSL) in Reading UK.

Link to full obituary.

************************** September 14, 2021 ********************************

Condolences to Mary Collins and other friends of Madeleine Kenn, 70, who passed away on 14 Sept in Velva ND.  Madeleine, who worked at DEC WFO (Westfield MA) circa 1974-1977, kept in touch with Mary every couple months for many years after their shared DEC experience. 

Link to full obituary.

************************** September 13, 2021 ********************************

Thanks to Gay Choate Keilty for informing us of the passing of her friend, Henry Burl Bone, Maryville TN, on 13 Sept. Henry began working for DEC in 1981. He was a support engineer in Publishing and Broadcasting Services (PBS) at MKO. Henry retired from the company in the late 1990s, working as a Problem Manager in UNIX Support Engineering Group (USEG) at ZK3. Our condolences to daughter Bernice Bone Ward and his other Digital friends. Link to full obituary.


************************** September 11, 2021 ********************************

Thanks to the CXO group for reporting the passing of Michael D. Leis, of Framingham MA.  Michael was tragically killed by a hit and run automobile. 

Maureen Burness wrote that Mike was one of the top technical contributors at DEC in the storage group for over twenty years, based first in Maynard and then Shrewsbury. Mike was a graduate of both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at MIT, and he worked as an electrical engineer for more than forty years at Digital Equipment Corporation, Quantum, Maxtor, and then Seagate, where his specialty was designing hard drives and managing teams of innovators. Michael held more than thirty original patents in hard drive technology. He made significant contributions to magnetic tape technology and did groundbreaking work in video terminals. His colleagues describe him as “the engineer’s engineer!” Prior to that, he worked at Draper Laboratories, where one of his greatest accomplishments was his work on the guidance system of the original Apollo 11 program.  Link to full obituary.


************************** September 7, 2021 ********************************

Condolences to the CXO group on the loss of their friend Ruth Ellen Daugherty, 74, of Colorado Springs.  Ruth worked for Digital Equipment Corporation and retired after 30 years and 3 company turnovers, going from Digital to Compaq to Quantum to Hewlett Packard. Ruth is known for her loving, generous and kind heart. Link to full obituary.

************************** August 5, 2021 ********************************

Sue Hunt just wrote in with very sad news: Digital friends, we lost a caring and true gentlemen on August 5; Bill Demmer. I was fortunate to be Bill's Executive Assistant from 1985 to 1995 when he retired.  Bill will be missed by all those who interacted with him.  Rest in peace, Bill.

William Roy Demmer, 87, of Bonita Springs, FL died unexpectedly in his sleep on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at his residence. Bill was born on September 30, 1933 in Newark, NJ. He had been a resident of Bonita Springs since November of 1993, coming from Concord, MA. Bill was a graduate of Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Right after graduating college, Bill began his career in the computer industry with IBM. As an electrical engineer he helped in the design of the first mainframe computer, IBM System/360. He would spend 18 years with IBM and in 1974 he joined Digital Equipment Corporation where he led the development of the revolutionary VAX/VMS computer system which was one of the first distributed mini computers created. He retired in 1995 as their Executive Vice President. Since retirement Bill has sat on multiple Board of Directors through 2020.   Link to full obituary.

************************** August 2, 2021 ********************************

Cheryl Rawden sent sad news of the passing of Dan (Daniel T.) Smith, of Jacksonville FL, at the age of 75, from COVID-19.  Cheryl said that Dan was a manager of the Providence, RI DEC office as far back as the 80s. He had worked as a Consulting Manager for Digital Equipment Corporation / Compaq / Hewlett Packard for twenty-five years. 

Link to full obituary,  

************************** July 31, 2021 ********************************

We've learned that, sadly, Pong Ok Chon, 70, Colorado Springs, has died. Pong worked in CXO Storage Manufacturing.  Our condolences to his family and friends.

Link to full obituary.

************************** July 13, 2021 ********************************

We are sad to learn of the passing of another Colorado Springs alumnus, Donald Stafford, 88.  He was born in Massachusetts in 1933 where he lived until joining the Naval Air Reserve in May 1951. He was sworn into the Air Force in March 1952 where he obtained his Associates degree and became an aircraft mechanic.After he retired from the Air Force, Don worked as a machine shop supervisor at Digital Equipment Corporation, then after retiring from there he worked in two local machine shops, and also repaired equipment for a local hospital.  Link to full obituary.

************************** June 24, 2021 ********************************

Bob Collins sent us sad news about his friend Mel Arsenault. Melvin Arsenault, 86, of Gloucester, Mass., died peacefully on June 24, 2021. Mel was a graduate of Lexington High School and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston where he received an Engineering Degree. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a Sonar Man aboard the USS Fred T. Berry.
Mel had a long, distinguished career at Digital Equipment. He was very proud to be the 33rd employee hired at DEC. Link to full obituary.

************************** June 18, 2021 ********************************

Thanks to Sue Lawrence-Longo for reporting the unexpected passing of David N. Adoretti, 72, of Sterling MA.  Sue worked with Dave, who was nicknamed Red Eye, in Westminster manufacturing.  Dave had proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War where he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. Upon his return he earned his associates degree and began a long career in the computer industry. He was a respected leader at several local companies including Photo Panels of New England, Vox 2, Sun Microsystems, and Digital Equipment. Link to full obituary.

************************** June 16, 2021 ********************************

We are sad to announce the passing of James Isaac Welch, 81, Colorado Springs.  Jim was an alumni of the CXO Security Department (3rd Shift). Our sincere condolences to his wife, To Yon Welch, CXO Manufacturing, children, and friends. After high school, Jim enlisted in the Army and became a Military Policeman. A Vietnam Veteran, he served 21 years before he retired in 1980 at Ft. Carson. Jim was awarded many military medals. Then he had rewarding careers and retired from Digital/HP and the D.O.C.

Link to full obituary.

************************** June 15, 2021 ********************************

Galen Davis sent in sad news of the passing of Rio Rita York, 89, Peoria AZ:

We've lost another long-term DEC Arizona Alumni and retiree. 

A long and fruitful life. Rest in Peace and God Bless, Rita York.

Link to full obituary.

************************** June 9, 2021 ********************************

Our sincere condolences to Richie Lary and the many Storage and other Digital friends who worked with Ellen Jane (Schauer) Lary, 80, Colorado Springs, on her unexpected passing. Ellen graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Education and spent several years as a teacher in Philadelphia and Syracuse as a young mother of two. When her first marriage ended, she decided to pursue an advanced degree in engineering at a time when that was not a career path pursued by many women. She earned a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Syracuse University, specializing in computer databases, all the while raising her two children as a divorced, single woman. She was employed as a researcher by Bell Laboratories in Holmdel NJ, then moved to Colorado Springs in 1981 to lead an Advanced Database Development group at Digital Equipment Corporation, where she met her husband, Richard. She discovered she had a knack for engineering and business management, in time rising to become Vice President of Digital's Storage Division, responsible for 700 employees, and growing business revenue from $1.2 billion per year to $1.8 billion per year in an 18-month period. She continued as a Vice President at Compaq Computer Corporation, which acquired Digital, for one year before leaving to become an industry consultant in the computer storage industry. All the while, she remained closely connected to her children and grandchildren. Celebration of Life to be held Sat., August 14, 1 pm, Antler's Hotel.

Link to full obituary.

************************** June 4, 2021 ********************************

We are saddened to learn from Len Segal of the passing of DEC Connection member Karen Weeks Hamilton, 81, of Clinton MA.  Karen worked at Digital-CPQ as an administrative secretary from 1976-2003.  She attended all our events and always helped out with a smile.  Karen will be greatly missed.   Link to full obituary.

************************** June 2, 2021 ********************************

Galen Davis reported the passing of Paul McGaunn, 83, of N Andover and Lowell MA. Paul became employee number 671 at Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, MA, where he began working in the stockroom. He eventually became the Manufacturing Manager at Digital's Galway, Ireland facility, from 1971-1973. Upon returning to the US, he managed the Westfield, MA manufacturing facility for Digital until 1985, and eventually retired in 1993 as the company's Corporate Quality Manager. Paul was a sought after resource on quality control and manufacturing processes, speaking throughout Digital locations in the US, Europe and Asia, as well as Harvard University. He became a self-employed ISO 9000 quality control consultant for three years, until joining Riverdale Mills Corporation in Northbridge MA as Vice President of Manufacturing, a role that he retired from in 1997.   Link to full obituary.

************************** May 30, 2021 ********************************

Thanks to Leslie Braswell for sending in news of the unexpected passing of Melissa R. Johns, 56, of Colorado Springs.   Leslie writes:

Melissa was a long-time member of the DIRECTV Account Support Team and worked at the CXO3 facility as a Computer Operator and Technical Lead.  Melissa's passing leaves many friends and coworkers to grieve, along with her loving family.  We are so very sad to share this news.

Link to full obituary.

************************** May 23, 2021 ********************************

Our sincere condolences to Storage folks, back East and in Colorado Springs, on the untimely passing of Steve Peters of Monument CO at age 62. Member Ron Ginger sent in the sad news.  Steven worked in the computer industry for Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation, Hewlett Packard Corporation, PMC-Sierra, LSI Corporation and, most recently, Seagate Technology. He was the recipient of multiple patents and helped write the Storage Management Initiative Specification.

Link to full obituary.

************************** May 11, 2021 ********************************


Our sincere condolences to DEC Connection member Giorgio Corsi and others in DEC Europe at the passing of their friend Michael Ewing.

Giorgio writes: Gill Ewing (Michael’s wife) just informed me that Michael, on May 11th, passed away after a rather long sickness. The funeral will take place on June 14th and as soon as I have further news I will let you know. Michael had been an inspiring leader for the European HRO function, he was the first to bring to us the Organizational concepts and was full of new and brilliant ideas. He helped many of us to grow and was full of suggestions that I personally used a lot (and am still using). After he left Digital he and I stayed in touch and was meeting regularly with our wives, I discovered a new Michael full of humor and extremely friendly.  He will be always in my heart as a great man and an inspiring leader.  Ciao Michael : riposa in pace Giorgio.corsi@wanadoo.fr

************************** April 23, 2021 ********************************

Galen Davis, organizer for the DEC AZ club, writes: With sadness we learned of the passing of Dave Richards.  After a very lengthy battle with complicated health challenges, Dave passed on Friday April 23.  He was surrounded by wife Blue (also a DEC alumni), his children and grandchildren. Good friend and long term DEC IT Manager from 1977-2003 at DEC Union Hills.  RIP Dave.  May God bless him!  

************************** April 20, 2021 ********************************

Thanks to Carolyn Abbott for reporting the sad news about Ted (Edmund H.) Damon's passing.  Ted, of Gardner MA, was just 61 years old when he succumbed to a long illness.  Ted held a BS from University of MA in Lowell and worked for Digital Equipment at the beginning of his career (late 70s-early 80s), and in IT at Leominster Hospital later. His interests ranged from ham radio to Star Trek.  Link to full obituary.

************************** April 14, 2021 ********************************


My father, (Charles) Lee Mauldin, 76, Colorado Springs, passed away due to complications from prostate cancer on April 14, 2021. He fought hard from his initial diagnosis in early 2018 and I’m glad that he is at peace. I know that my father was a good friend and colleague to some of you on this email chain and I wanted to be able to let everyone know that had a relationship with him.  Dad was able to retire fairly early in life and loved to travel abroad, especially to Germany and Japan.I always admired his sense of humor and drive to excel. It seemed he never gave up on a problem until it was solved. I truly believe this was what kept him in good spirits and focused over the last few years. Please feel free to reach out to me at mikemauldin01@hotmail.com should you want to contact me. I would love and encourage anyone to reach out if you knew my dad and wanted to share a story or say hi.

************************** April 14, 2021 ********************************

Sadly, the Colorado Springs folks have lost another former co-worker and friend. David Michael Versace, 71, passed away April 14 at his residence in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  A memorial service is planned for the summer of 2021.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dave's name to St. Jude’s Children's Hospital and the American Cancer Society.

Link to full obituary.

************************** April 10, 2021 ********************************


Condolences to the CXO group on the loss of their friend Bill McPhillips, 88, of Colorado Springs, after suffering a stroke in early April.  Bill worked at Digital CXO as a Manufacturing Engineer from 1984 until 1992.

Link to full obituary.

************************** March 25, 2021 ********************************

Sincere condolences to friends of David N. Streeter, 77, of Quechee VT, who passed away recently.  Much of Dave's career was spent working for Digital Equipment Corp with their Real Estate and Development Group. He played a significant leadership role in the massive real estate expansion for the company in the 1980sLink to full obituary.

************************** March 12, 2021 ********************************

Sincere condolences to Joyce DeVivo and family who wrote: I'm sorry to have to inform you that my husband Paul DeVivo, 79, of Grand Gorge, NY is no longer with us, as he passed away on March 12.  Our whole family was much blessed by his being part of Digital all those years and by friendships made there.  At DEC he was happily employed for 16 years.  One of his achievements was the creation of the Employee Locater File, the first computerized list of their worldwide employees. After early retirement from DEC, Paul became an independent consultant working on Y2K projects.    Link to full obituary.

************************** March 8, 2021 ********************************

Condolences to Dick Kessler, Ben Daniel and other friends of Dawn Gilbert, 74, Santa Rosa CA, who passed away on March 8.  Dawn worked at National Cash Register (NCR) in 1968 in Columbus OH, followed by Xerox in 1971 in Denver CO and later spent time at Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) in Boston, MA and Compaq in Houston, TX where she retired from and immediately moved to Austin, TX. Dawn’s career took her around the U.S. and left a lasting impact in the technology industry. Link to full obituary.

************************** February 26, 2021 ********************************

Our condolences to CXO friends of Phyllis M. DeAngelo, 84, Colorado Springs on her passing.  Phyllis worked in CXO2 and retired from DEC. 

Link to full obituary.

************************** February 17, 2021 ********************************

Condolences to the CXO folks on the loss of their friend Louis Gonzales Jr., age 86, who passed away peacefully on February 17, 2021, five weeks after his beloved wife, Ursula, had passed away.  Lou served a distinguished army military career including combat in Vietnam, but after retiring there, he worked at Ford Aerospace, Digital, and Raytheon for over 20 years.  Link to full obituary.

************************** January 30, 2021 ********************************

DEC Connection member (Francis P.) Frank Brown, 74, Amherst NH, passed away recently and unexpectedly on Jan. 30. Frank graduated Tufts University with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1968, and earned his Masters in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1976. Frank went on to a long and successful career in the "emerging world of computers," starting with Digital Corp., continuing on with Compaq and finally retiring with Hewlett Packard.   Frank worked in Finance, Sales, Marketing, BOIS at Digital. His friend Paul Brock said Frank left his wife Nancy, two sons and two daughters, and four grandchildren. Worked in sales and sales management in NJ, was regional sales VP for Asia, managed the VMWare relationship, and led the Alpha porting team. Loved golf and skiing.  Link to full obituary.

************************** January 30, 2021 ********************************

DEC Connection member (Octavio L.) Tavo Diaz, 72, Stow MA, passed away on Jan 30, 2021 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.  Our sincere condolences to his wife Lisa and many Digital friends.  Tavo worked in Sales/GIA/ Field Service in the US and in Mexico.  Link to memorial page.

************************** January 28, 2021 ********************************

Our condolences to Ted Sares and other friends on the passing of Kevin J. Sullivan, 79, Palo Alto CA, from Covid-19.  Kevin had a distinguished career in Human Resources (HR), from Pitney-Bowes in Stamford CT to Raytheon in Waltham MA to Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Maynard, MA and then in 1987 to Apple Computer in Cupertino, CA.   Link to full obituary.


************************** January 24, 2021 ********************************


Thanks, and our condolences, to John McClelland and other friends for reporting sad news of the passing of (Richard Harry) Dick Stevenson, 77, Woodland Park CO. After Dick’s military duty ended in 1968, he put his computer background to work and joined Digital Computer Corporation.  Dick finished his work in the computer industry in 1994, retiring to the Woodland Park area. Link to full obituary.


************************** January 20, 2021 ********************************

Our sincere condolences to Anker Berg-Sonne and other friends of Bill Clark, 78, Chelmsford MA, who passed away in January. Bill Clark joined the product line selling mini computers to Education in the mid-70s. In 1983 Bill was promoted to manager of the EDU Technical Support group and later moved to the State and Local Government Group and eventually the Networking Group before leaving Digital. Bill was instrumental in forging close friendships between the members of the EDU Technical Support Group lasting to this day even though the members have been spread far and wide. Sadly, Bill was diagnosed with advanced cancer just after Christmas 2020 and quickly succumbed to the disease at age 78.


************************** January 14, 2021 ********************************

Thanks to John Gray for informing us of the passing of Geoff Shingles, 81, England UK. Geoff was a former CEO of Digital U.K.

Though Geoff was largely involved in the company in the U.K. and Europe during his thirty year career with Digital, he worked with Andy Knowles for some years in America, and was well known to many throughout the Corporation. After leaving the company in the mid 1990s, Geoff had several business interests, most notably as Executive Chairman of Imagination Technologies, a significant technology company. Geoff was widely respected in the U.K. business community, and was hugely regarded by all in Digital U.K. He joined the company at a relatively young age in the 1960s, and rose rapidly to the most senior positions - he was very much the epitome of what made Digital such a wonderful place to be. 

The early part of Geoff's career was with Digital Equipment Co. Limited. He held board level positions from 1968 and was Corporate Vice President for European operations, subsequently managing Digital’s business in 13 European countries. From 1983 until 1993 he was Chief Executive and Chairman of Digital Equipment Co. Limited, an organisation with a turnover in excess of £1billion.
In 1987, after more than a quarter of a century in the IT industry, Geoff Shingles was awarded the CBE for Services to Information Technology. He is recognised as one of its founders.

************************* January 8, 2021 ********************************

Rich Dischler sent in an obit for friend Jill M. (Kaufman) McPhee, 66, of Hopkinton and Harvard MA. Jill was born in Pittsburgh, PA, grew up in France and Parsippany, NJ. In 1975, she earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, followed by a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During her career, Jill worked as a nuclear engineer at Brookhaven Laboratory, a computer engineer at Digital and Compaq, and a submarine sonar technician for the U.S. Navy.   Rich adds that Jill did thermal design work for the VAX9000 program in Marlboro MA.    Link to full obituary.

************************** January 7, 2021 ********************************

We are saddened to learn of the loss of DEC Connection member, Ellen Lee Simarano, 80, Concord MA. Ellen died peacefully on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, MA after a short battle with lung cancer. Ellen was employed at Digital Equipment Corporation, where she worked in Marketing in both the Maynard and Marlboro facilities. Link to full obituary.

************************** January 5, 2021 ********************************

Our condolences to Marty Palmieri, Bill Gordon, and other former colleagues and friends of George H. Newton, 80, Framingham MA, who passed away on Jan. 5. George proudly spent his career as an early pioneer of the computing industry, working alongside both his sister Connie and brother Dave at the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). His enthusiasm for the field also led him to spend thirty years as an Adjunct Professor at Boston University, teaching low-level computer engineering fundamentals. Link to full obituary.

************************** January 2, 2021 ********************************

Thanks, and our condolences, to Brenda Bloomgren and other friends for reporting sad news of the passing of Susan Carol (Cavanaugh) George, 70, Riviera Beach FL.  Susan died peacefully on January 2, 2021, in her home, with her husband Dennis and son Matthew, after a prolonged illness with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). After teaching, she started her corporate career at Mobil Oil in 1974.  She found her stride in the corporate world and achieved great success in senior roles in the Human Resources field. She went on to further her career at Educational Services, Digital Equipment, Bedford, MA,  Fidelity Investments, and Textron.   Link to full obituary.

************************** December 28, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to Marty Palmieri and other former colleagues of Howard A. Mayberry, 70, Cambridge MA. Howard grew up in San Jose, CA, where he graduated from UC Santa Cruz with one of the school's first degrees in Computer Engineering. Always cognizant of his New England roots, he returned to Bolton, MA, in the 1980's, and later moved to Cambridge, MA. He was proud of a lengthy career at both Digital Equipment Corporation and RSA Security.  Link to full obituary.

************************** December 24, 2020 ********************************

Galen Davis sent in sad news of the passing of Ray Michel, 79, of Lowell MA:  Valued 40 year veteran of DEC and HP.  Co-worker and good friend. We remember the good times! RIP Ray Michel.   Ray was signed by the LA Dodgers upon high school graduation, playing for three years until he, "didn't know where my fast ball was going." He joined Digital Equipment Corporation as a stock boy following his release from baseball. He rose through the ranks becoming European Distribution Manager in Geneva, Switzerland and retired after 40 years as Corporate Manager of Logistics for Hewlett Packard.    Link to full obituary.

************************** December 20, 2021 ********************************

We were saddened to learn of the passing of DEC Connection member and Digital retiree Eleanor T. (McGovern) Gadomski, 92, of Leominster and Clinton MA.  In addition to raising her family, Ellie was employed by the former Colonial Press in various positions. She served as a companion to the elderly for three years, and later pursued a career in electronics at Sprague Electric and Digital Equipment Corporation in semi-conductor manufacturing, retiring in 1990.  Link to full obituary.

 ************************** November 25, 2020 ********************************


Our condolences to CXO friends of Rich (Richard A.) Sanchez.  He had a heart attack a couple of weeks ago and was in rehab when he had another heart attack, this one was fatal. Rich was really a nice guy and helped anywhere he was needed. Always with a smile. Link to full obituary.

 ************************** November 25, 2020 ********************************

David J. Gibson, 64, died Wednesday following a very brief illness. A computer Technician, he had worked for Digital Equipment Corp., Hamilton Standard, Skyline Electronics, and XIO Tech in Colorado Springs. “He was called Hoot and Gibby and was such a kind soul.” He worked in the Disk Drives group and in the CXO1 downstairs Lab.  Link to full obituary.

************************** November 8, 2020 ********************************


Our condolences to CXO friends of Richard (Dick) Timberlake III, who passed away, aged 74.  Dick had a successful career in Colorado Springs using his computer science skills. He taught computer languages and programming at Regis College for five years. He transitioned away from academia to work for information technology companies such as Digital, Compaq, and HP as a software engineer/analyst. Tragically, Dick lost his life from injuries from being struck by an automobile while on his way to join the Colorado Springs Cycling Club for a Sunday afternoon social ride.  Link to full obituary.

************************** November 5, 2020 ********************************


Our condolences to CXO friends of Jim (James Edward) Gaines, 78, who passed away due to COVID-19. A United States Army veteran and computer engineer, James enjoyed spending time with his family and hunting in Colorado.  Link to full obituary.

************************** October 20, 2020 ********************************


Our condolences to member Jerry Bernath and other friends of George "Ross" Kelly, Jr., of Cumming and Statesboro GA, who passed away on October 20 at the age of 74.  Ross graduated from Georgia Southern College in 1972.  After completing graduate school at the University of Georgia in 1974 his professional career was varied and accomplished, including sales at Digital. Link to full obituary.

************************** October 14, 2020 ********************************

Deborah McIntosh of Colorado Springs passed away at age 68 on October 14, 2020 from a very aggressive form of brain cancer.  No obituary is posted.

Our condolences to her friends.

************************** October 12, 2020 ********************************

Dick (DeWitt) Clinton, 78, Wells ME, financial executive and early American history enthusiast, passed away on October 12 due to cancer, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough, ME. Dick attended Williams College, where he received a BA in Mathematics in 1964. He earned his MBA in finance from the Columbia University Business School in 1970, and a certificate in executive education from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) in 1991. Dick joined Digital Equipment Corporation in 1970, where he built his career in financial management. After leaving Digital in 1996, Dick worked as a business development and finance consultant for numerous companies. He and his son, DeWitt, partnered on a software startup in the early 2000s. During this period, Dick was able to pursue his interests in the history of Colonial and Revolutionary-era America. As a direct descendent of former New York Governor DeWitt Clinton, he served on committees and boards of numerous historical organizations. The family suggests that donations be made to the St. David's Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, 138 York Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043. Link to full obituary. 

************************** October 7, 2020 ********************************

Prominent computer scientist John Adams, 79, of Andover and Lincoln, MA died on October 7, 2020, of Parkinson's Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. A direct descendant of John Adams and John Quincy Adams, he maintained strong ties to the Adams Historical Site in Quincy, often giving talks about important events in the Adams' lives.  John majored in Math at Harvard and then, by 1974, achieving Master's and PhD degrees in structural engineering from Tufts and MIT, respectively.  John was especially proud of his contributions bringing the pioneering Ethernet LAN technology to market while at Digital Equipment Corp. (1976-1996). He was a leading engineer and mentor to many at Digital. He later worked at RSA Security (1996-2001).  Link to full obituary.

************************** October 6, 2020 ********************************


Condolences to the CXO group on the loss of their friend Dennis Laurence, 75, Colorado Springs.  Habib Mirhossaini reports: "with sadness and sorrow, colleague and dear friend Dennis passed last week from being involved in a single-car accident.  Dennis was our EMI and Safety engineer for a very long time and was running the FCC site. I believe he retired about 7 to 8 years ago."

************************** October 3, 2020 ********************************

Dennis Reardon sent in the obit for Ken Fahle, 78, of Ayer MA Ken spent a majority of his career working in Human Resources, first for Anheuser-Busch, then for Digital Equipment Corporation, and later Fidelity Investments. Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Ken for a Graveside Service Friday, October 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Westlawn Cemetery, 7 New Estate Road, Littleton.   Link to full obituary.

************************** September 30, 2020 ********************************

We are saddened to report the passing of Stanley C. Olsen, 92, Tierre Verde FL and Gilford NH.  Our condolences to Stan's wife Betty and their family, and to their many Digital friends. Stan was employee 3 of Digital, after his brother Ken and Harlan Anderson.  Stan was an eclectic entrepreneur and visionary, a pioneer in the computer business and, following his 25-year Digital career, a transformative real estate developer in Citrus County, Florida. Stan served on the boards of many companies and several colleges. He received honorary doctorate degrees from Saint Anselm College and Northeastern University. He didn't retire until 82 years old.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Community Food Bank of Citrus County, 5259 W. Cardinal Street, Building B, Homosassa, FL 34446, or the New Hampshire Food Bank, 700 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, NH 03109.  Link to full obituary.

************************** September 8, 2020 ********************************

We are sad to report the passing of DEC Connection member Alice M. (Richardson) Stapelfeld, 93, of Northborough MA. She was a 1945 graduate of Brookfield H.S. and held various bookkeeping positions at area businesses, most recently at Digital Equipment Corporation, before she retired. Alice was passionate about volunteering, dedicating 37 years of service to the Northborough Senior Center. Link to full obituary.

************************** September 7, 2020 ********************************

Paul Thompson sent in the obituary for his friend Thomas R. Specht, 64, of Woodland Park CO. Tom was an engineer in the computer technology field for multiple firms throughout the United States including Apple, Digital, Cray Computer, and Luminous Networks. Tom was a mentor to fellow employees and inspired his colleagues to do their best.   Link to full obituary.

************************ September 3, 2020 ********************************

Galen Davis sent the obituary for Bill Picott (William Cassell Picott III), 81, of Lakewood Ranch FL and Harwich Port MA, who passed away from complications of Covid-19.  Following a distinguished military career, Bill earned a Master of Science Degree in Management from Central Michigan University in 1974 and completed senior executive programs at Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School and MIT’s Sloan School in 1979 and 1990, respectively. Bill spent 37 years working in the information technology industry, most notably with Digital Equipment Corporation. In his inaugural position, he became the first person of color to lead DECUS, Digital Equipment Computer Users’ Society. He went on to manage the Terminals and Printing Engineering division. After 28 years with the company, Bill retired in 2003 as the Director of HP’s North American Technical Sales Support Call Center. Throughout his career, Bill championed the hiring and mentoring of numerous engineers of color through the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). He also represented Digital on the White House’s Committee for Science and Technology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Link to full obituary.

************************** August 28, 2020 ********************************

Condolences to the CXO team on the loss of their friend Norman Smith, 82, of Colorado Springs.  Digital was Norm's 2nd career, after 24 years in the military, and he retired as a District Manager in 1992.  Link to full obituary.

************************** July 22, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to the DEC AZ team and other friends of Eisuke "Jim" Shiota, 78, of Sun City West AZ. Galen Davis writes:

Jim Shiota was an original start-up member of our AZ DEC family at W. Earll Drive and later Union Hills in 1974.  He greatly contributed to our early AZ production control and material processes. Always positive and enthusiastic Jim adapted instantly to our DEC culture. With few resources in 1974 Jim understood teamwork and how to make manufacturing schedules in this start-up role. Significant contributor, good friend, golf buddy and DEC AZ Alumni.  Link to full obituary.

************************** July 19, 2020 ********************************

Sadly, we've learned of the passing of Frans Vandermolen, Sebring FL.  Frans was born in the Netherlands, and worked for Philips and Digital. He had worked in the tech support group for Education Computer Systems in the early 80s. In 1984, he graduated Harvard Business School. In 1988, he became a U.S. citizen and was then moved to California by Digital. In 1994, he got a degree from Canterbury University for master in science and in 1996 he became a doctor of science. While in California, he resigned from Digital and started his own company, Flying Dutchman Hyperbarics in 1990.  Frans moved to Florida in 1997. Link to full obituary.

************************** July 15, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to the many friends and admirers of Digital's Manufacturing VP Bill Hanson on his recent passing. In 1967, Bill and his wife Bette made the bold choice to leave warm and familiar California for snowy and foreign Massachusetts to join newly-started Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Maynard. They settled in Acton. DEC is where Bill made his name. Initially given the responsibility of opening new plants in places as diverse as Puerto Rico and Scotland, Bill ultimately rose to lead global manufacturing. Bill’s signature initiative at DEC, however, was instilling a culture of diversity, which came to be known as “Valuing Differences”. Recognizing that the next great idea could come from anywhere or anyone, Bill then went on to form cross-industry alliances in an attempt to extend learning and knowledge.  

Ted Sares commented that Bill, in many ways, represented the very best of DEC.

Tom Colatosti: Bill was a quality man of character, caring and competency. 

Galen Davis from AZ commented: Bill Hanson was our Manufacturing VP

based in Maynard, MA.  We remember him as our "Founding Father" for many DEC Mfg facilities including our AZ Union Hills facility. You may have met him on our many plant reviews. Rumor has it an aerial view of Union Hills reveals the "H" building shape. Coincidence? Bill was a giant among DEC manufacturing leaders and responsible for Digital's growth in the industry. Pioneered new industry leading technologies like Just-In-Time, continuous flow mfg, financial systems, focused factories and people systems. Following DEC in 1996 he taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Great life and career... a DEC legend. 

************************** July 9, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to friends of Nora Peaslee (Fleming) McGuinness, 63, who passed away in July from cancer.  Nora handled marketing communications and marketing in the Services group in Stow MA during the DEC-Compaq and Compaq-HP transition period.  Link to full obituary.

************************** June 15, 2020 ********************************


Our condolences to all former Digital Ireland employees and many other friends of Mike Mulqueen, Limerick, founder of Digital Galway, Ireland. Liam Ferrie offered the following eulogy for Mike: I hope you feel as I do that we owe a deep debt of gratitude to Mike for the way he shaped Digital and the huge positive impact Digital had on our lives. As most of you know, Mike was the first Irish employee of Digital and held badge number 1. He was a member of the start-up team back in 1971 and, as Personnel Manager, had more responsibility than most for ensuring that the values and ethics of Ken Olsen, which already permeated the young Digital in the US, were successfully transferred to Ireland. He did that superbly well and helped create the work environment which so many of us look back on with great fondness. Like most of us Mike treasured the many friends he made in Digital and travelled from his home in Limerick on a number of occasions to be with us at the First Thursday coffee mornings in the Huntsman. I find it very sad that we will not enjoy his company there again. I would like to offer my sympathy to his sons, Billy and Michael, his grandchildren and the extended Mulqueen family. Ted Sares said: Mike was a close friend and he had a heart of pure gold. He made a difference.  Link to obituary.

************************** June 13, 2020 ********************************


Jerry Bernath and Barrie Hunter reported the passing of their friend Ray Schavone, 69, of Shrewsbury MA, following a heart attack at 3 am.  Jim Neil wrote: Ray worked for many years in GSG operations.

Ray grew up in Marlboro where he graduated HS in 1969 and lived in Northboro. After he retired from DEC in 1996 he started a business in Shrewsbury called Deja Brew, a successful entrepreneurial venture that he ran from 1997 to 2017. That business had 12 brew stations that could make 12 gallons of beer each. Ray taught people how to make beer, bottle it, and make labels on a PC, he sold all the supplies and did the brewing in his store. In 2017 he sold the business to a customer. Anyone at DIGITAL or anywhere else who knew Ray knew his smile and laugh from a mile away.

************************** June 7, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to friends of Sandra Faye Mosley, 79, of Colorado Springs. She had a long career in IT/Electronics; she worked and retired from Digital Equipment Corporation.  Link to full obituary.

************************** May 30, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to Colorado Springs friends of Maria T. Pipal, 92, who passed away May 30. Maria was born on November 20, 1927 in Vencenzia, Italy to mother, Iolanda, and father, Augusto, and had 4 siblings. Maria met her husband, Stanley, in Vencenzia. After marriage, they moved to Colorado Springs, CO. After she retired from Digital, she volunteered for over 15 years at the Ronald McDonald House. Link to full obituary.

*************************** May 29, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to CXO friends of Theodore Wesley Murray, Jr., 72, Ashland VA, who passed away on May 29th. Ted specialized in Computer Technology working a total of 37 years within the Tech Industry (Digital Equipment /Compaq /Hewitt Packard /SAIC /BAE Systems) retiring as a Systems Engineer due to health issues.  Link to full obituary.

************************** May 21, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to Colorado Springs friends of Julia Ann Hypolite, 80.  Julia worked for Digital Equipment Corporation in CXO as a warehouse supervisor for 20 years, until her retirement in 1991.

************************** May 18, 2020 ********************************

Thanks to Tom Colatosti for sending notification of the untimely passing of Doug Hammond, 77, Laconia NH, from Covid-19 and Alzheimer's.  Doug had a distinguished military career as a pilot.  In the early 80s, Doug was recruited by Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, to start a flight department for the company.  He ended up being Global Vice President of Administrative Services, which included the acquisition and disposition of Digital properties, worldwide.  Doug retired from Digital in 2000 when it got acquired; and moved up to Laconia, NH where he started another career at Channel Marine on Lake Winnipesaukee. 

************************** May 15, 2020 ********************************


Our condolences to Clem Cole and other friends of Alfred (Al) Sidel, Chelmsford, Malden and Boston MA, who passed away on his 96th birthday from Covid-19.  Clem reports that Al built the HD fab, among other things.

A Navy Veteran and hero of WWII, Al graduated from University of Massachusetts, with a B.S. in Engineering; Careers at Raytheon and Digital Equipment Corp where he was one of countries’ first OSHA Certified, Safety Engineers; he served as President of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Boston Chapter. Link to full obituary.

************************** May 6, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to family and friends of James A. (Jim) Bennett, Jr., 83, of Falmouth and Millis MA, who passed away on 6 May.  His son Jim says that his father was very proud of his career at Digital, which spanned more than twenty years mostly at NRO in Northboro MA followed by service with DEC in Maryland.  He had many close relationships with DEC employees.  Son Jim can be reached at jdbennett76@gmail.com.  Link to full obituary.

************************** April 30, 2020 ********************************


Member Joe Valof reports the passing of Jack Schweber, 83, of Hackensack NJ and south FL, after battling COVID-19.  During the last 20 years of Jack’s professional career, he worked as a senior account executive for Digital Equipment Corporation—which following two mergers became Compaq Computers and later, Hewlett Packard. There, Jack won several sales awards, weathered several corporate downsizings, and earned effusive praise from the clients he serviced.  Link to full obituary.

************************** April 23, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to Barbara (Coleman) Menefee and other friends of Glenn M. Rosander, 77, of Lancaster MA, who passed away on 23 April 2020.  Barb worked with Glenn in Tewksbury.  Glenn was an engineering manager. Link to full obituary.

************************** April 18, 2020 ********************************


Our condolences to Gay Choate Keilty, Tom Hayden, John Donovan and other friends of Alex Hewitt, 71, of Manchester NH, who passed away on 18 April 2020. Alex worked for the company for many years as a software engineer, including the UNIX organization at ZKO.
 Link to full obituary.

************************** April 1, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to Jack Savage and other friends and family of John Stephen "Jack" Cook, 80, of Tilghman MD, who passed away on April 1 due to complications from a stroke and pneumonia. Jack had a long career as a salesman working with government contracts supporting NOAA and NASA, including at Digital.
Link to full obituary.

************************** March 26, 2020 ********************************

Marty Jack sadly reported the passing of Frank C. Hassett, 88, Nashua NH.  Frank was a very fine software engineering manager at ZKO, in operating systems.  His previous work at RCA was also praiseworthy.

Link to full obituary.

************************** March 24, 2020 ********************************


Our condolences to friends of Daniel A. Duefel, 67, of Bolton MA.  Dan worked in software support in Marlborough and various successor organizations for many years.  Link to full obituary.

************************** March 23, 2020 ********************************


Our condolences to Ron Lamb and other friends of Roy W. "Jodie" Gray, 72, of Melrose MA. Roy was a licensed Insurance consultant working for Albert International Insurance Advisors before joining Digital's Risk Management group in 1978 thru June 28, 1998, continuing at Compaq and HP Financial Services, until he joined Harvard University's Risk Management group in the Fall of 2002 until his retirement.  Link to full obituary.

************************** March 6, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to MaryEllen Kennedy and other friends/co-workers of Jim (James Charles) Albrycht, 81, East Sandwich MA. MaryEllen wrote:

I was reminded of the passing earlier this year of Jim Albrycht, who worked in Corporate Strategy and Architecture at the Virginia Road facility in the late 80s.  He pioneered remote access via a cable system back then.  Unfortunately, Digital didn't get behind it at the time. Now millions are depending on it, especially in these pandemic days.  At an offsite we had, I was fascinated to learn that he did video work on the Apollo space missions and he later gave a talk to the group on bringing computer displays to a Boston TV stations weather forecasts.  

Jim joined the USAF in 1958, to gain the technical education and experience he needed. While stationed in Savannah, GA, Jim met and married Carolyn (Dasher) Albrycht, his life companion and fellow traveler for 57 years. He used the GI bill upon discharge, in 1963, to continue his education at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. After graduating in 1965, he was eager to return south to join the space program. As part of the Apollo program, Jim began work for contractors RCA and later GE, at Kennedy Space Center, on the television engineering support team for Complex 39. Jim's family returned to New England in 1973, living and raising their children in Stow, MA. The new frontier for Jim, was cable television technology, networking broadband cable, with television and computer systems. Until 1997, he worked first for Wang Labs, then DEC. In 2005, they retired to the Cape.  Link to full obituary.

************************** March 5, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to CXO friends of Michael Ohrmundt, 61, of Colorado Springs CO, who passed away on March 5, 2020, surrounded by his loving family, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Link to full obituary.

************************** March 4, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to Susan Azibert and other friends of Albert Hsia, 80, who passed away recently in San Jose, CA.  Al worked in the Technical Languages group at DEC in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He married his wife, Pei, in 1981.  They eventually moved to San Jose, CA, where Al worked for IBM and Sun Microsystems.  Al was a kind, gentle and loving person.  Condolences can be left on the website for the Alameda Family Funeral and Cremation located in Saratoga, CA. Link to full obituary.

************************** January 19, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to Star Dargin (www.starleadership.com) on the passing of her mom, Rosalie Caiger Sargent, 88, of Lunenburg, MA, who died on January 19, 2020. She was born February 27, 1932 in Concord, MA. She grew up in Concord, MA and received a degree from Lasell College. Rosalie (and two daughters) worked at Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, MA for decades. She took early retirement and pursued antiquing and life on a lake in Lunenburg, MA. Link to full obituary.

************************** January 17, 2020 ********************************

Bob Huntley wrote in with sad news about the passing of John F. Procopio, of Woburn MA and Naples FL, a long-time Digital, Compaq, and Hewlett Packard Finance Manager, on Jan. 17.

************************** January 16, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to Kathie Larsen and other friends of Gail Matterson Vazal, 80, of Pocasset MA (formerly of Sudbury and Sandwich MA.), who passed away peacefully at home after battling gall bladder cancer for four years. She married Frank J. Vazal in 1961. Gail and Frank moved to Boston in 1962. In Boston Gail worked for CEIR. She retired from Digital Equipment Corp, where she was a Systems Analyst then became a Software Engineer.

Link to full obituary.

************************** January 11, 2020 ********************************

Larry (Lawrence J.) Portner, age 83, 35-year resident of Naples, FL passed away peacefully on January 11, 2020.  He spent 20 years at Digital Equipment Corp. where he was the first to propose a 'help' command, eventually retiring as Senior Vice President.  Larry, vice president of software development, joined the company in 1963 as a programmer for the PDP-5. He later served as software development manager for the PDP-6. Larry was responsible for Software Distribution Center, Software Services Organization, Software Research Group and the Computational Services Group. He was a graduate of Temple University and had a BS degree in Business Administration.  After Digital, he worked with a number of companies including Apollo Computer, Data General Corp., Haht Software and Kronos, Inc.

 Link to full obituary.

************************** January 8, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to Sandra MacKay and other friends of Atlee B. Caldwell, 78, Nashua NH, who passed away on January 8. For most of her career Atlee was employed with Digital Equipment Corporation where she was an Employment Manager. Her job at Digital brought her to Hudson, MA and later to Nashua, NH, where she started her own business, Heaven Sent Nannies.

Link to full obituary


************************** January 7, 2020 ********************************


William G. (Bill) Hovey, 68, of Merrimack NH, who worked at the Mill and Marlboro in the Drafting department passed away on 1/7/2020. Bill started with Digital in June 1969 after being a co-op employee and left in November 1991 as a Mechanical Design Supervisor.  Our condolences to his family via cousin george.hovey@hotmail.com  Link to full obituary.

************************** January 1, 2020 ********************************

Our condolences to ex-wife Judy Mandl and other friends of Edward J. Faryniarz, who passed away in Harwinton CT at the age of 62. Ed grew up in Southington CT and was a resident of Harwinton for several years. He furthered his education earning his bachelor’s degree at Clark University. At 6 feet 6 inches, he played on the university basketball team as number 42. He was employed as a computer consultant for Digital Equipment Corporation and later, Hewlett-Packard, together for 34 years.  Judy says that Ed's last assignment at HPE was tech support for the VA System.  Link to full obituary.

************************** December 19, 2019 ********************************

We are sad to report that Kay Reilly wrote to us about the passing of her father, Edmund Joseph (Ed) Reilly, Jr., of Redmond WA, following a courageous battle with bladder cancer. Kay said that Ed loved his time with Digital and would love to be remembered. His contributions as an executive were extensive, including as President of Digital Equipment Corporation Japan & Asia territory. He also more recently served as President of the Japan America Society in Seattle. Link to full obituary here. Condolences to daughter Kay and family by email at kay.reilly@gmail.com.

************************** December 19, 2019 ********************************

We are greatly saddened to report the death of DEC Connection member Dave Denniston, 83, of Santa Barbara CA.  Dave unfortunately developed an aggressive and untreatable form of cancer. Dave worked in the Laboratory Data Products P/L among other assignments.  He lived in Santa Barbara for the last 30 years, where he was active in a charity he founded for developmentally disabled adults, and as a docent and educator in the Maritime Museum. santa_barbara_maritime_museum_mourns_loss_of_docent_dave_denniston

Here is a link to a touching memorial written by a friend.

************************** December 6, 2019 ********************************

Thanks to DEC Connection member Frank Ignachuck for informing us of the passing of his friend, Don (Donald M.) Miner.  Don was 87 at the time of his death and had lived in Framingham MA for 60 years.  He was employed for 17 years as a Regional Facilities Manager for the MRO cluster for Digital Equipment Corp. before retiring.  Link to full obituary.

************************** November 21, 2019 ********************************

Condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend Barbara Jean Cusack, 66, to cancer. In Colorado Springs, Barbara got a job at Digital Equipment Corporation, where, despite not having a Computer Science degree, she worked her way up to becoming a Computer Software Specialist. She remained with the company for 30 years as it transitioned to Compaq, and then Hewlett Packard. While she was there, she forged many lifelong friendships.  Link to a beautiful obituary.

************************** November 11, 2019 ********************************

Condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the untimely loss of their friend Lawrene "Biscuit" Weaver, 60.  Upon graduating high school she relocated with her mother to Colorado Springs, CO. After arriving in Colorado she was employed with Digital for years. After transitioning from Digital she found her love and passion for children working as a para professional in the Colorado Springs School Districts.  Link to full obituary.

************************** November 4, 2019 ********************************

Dawn Guite reported the death of Charlie Scheid, 60, Glastonbury CT, after long battle with CIPD. Charlie was an academic and an athlete; he attended Boston College on a full swimming scholarship. He went on to compete in the 1976 Olympic trials, and completed 13 Marathons. After finishing college with a degree in applied mathematics, he went on to live, work and travel to various places across the country. He would work for several companies, including Digital and AVAYA, for over 25 years. He was described by his many friends and co-workers as hard-working, honest and loyal. Link to full obituary.

************************** October 31, 2019 ********************************

Al Harrison is sad to report that Robert J. (Bob) Schmitt, Jr. passed away on October 31, 2019 in Buffalo, NY.  Bob worked in marketing and sales for IBM in New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia before coming to Buffalo as a sales manager in 1976. A friend encouraged him in 1978 to go to Digital Equipment Corp., where he became sales manager for the telecommunications industry, which included the company's biggest customer, AT&T. From 1986 to 1997, Bob served as Digital Equipment Corp.'s vice president of marketing for the Far East, based in Hong Kong; vice president of marketing for the U.S.; and as marketing vice president in Asia, based in Singapore. Bob ultimately became an expert in facial recognition technology, and started his own company, Biometrica. With a computer engineer colleague, he developed software in the basement of his home in Mont Vernon NH to compare photos of known cheaters with gamblers on live cameras in casinos. Link to full obituary.

************************** October 24, 2019 ********************************

We're sad to receive news from the Colorado Springs group of the passing of their co-worker, Steve Woestemeyer, 71. Steve was an IT consultant before retiring.

************************** October 31, 2019 ********************************

Our condolences to Digital friends of Jerry Avakian, 71, of Scottsdale AZ, who passed away recently. Jerry was an electrical engineer and project manager for Digital and Compaq specializing in facility development in MA, AZ and CA for 30 plus years before resigning to focus on the design and construction of Armenian Apostolic Church in Scottsdale.  Link to full obituary.

************************** October 17, 2019 ********************************

Carolyn Abbott wrote that Louise H. Case, 72, of Gardner MA, who worked as a Financial Analyst for DEC, possibly at the Westminster plant, passed away on Oct. 17, 2019 from cancer. Link to full obituary.

************************** October 10, 2019 ********************************


With sadness we learned of the passing of John Harris, Jr., Suisun City CA from his daughter Nadine. John worked in the finance field for Compaq and Xerox Corporation for over 30 years, including at the Union Hills AZ facility. After retiring, John received credentials and degrees in Education, where he taught children in special education.  Link to full obituary.

************************** October 6, 2019 ********************************


We are sad to learn from Galen Davis of our Arizona chapter of the passing of their friend Barbara Ell Richards, 83, Phoenix AZ, from Parkinson's in October. Barb had attended their April get-together but hadn't disclosed the severity of her illness. Galen said: We will miss her smile and positive attitude. She remained a good friend to many of us from DEC and our AZ Alumni. Condolences may be conveyed to daughter Trish Hines at trishhines79@gmail.com or 602 717-7138. Link to full obituary.

************************** October 5, 2019 ********************************

Sad news from Meg Moreau reports that her mom, DEC Connection member Mary Moreau, 90, Maynard, passed away on Oct 5.  Mary worked for DEC for many years and took the first early retirement program. She worked until she was 87 at other jobs, but loved her years at DEC and was still in contact with many folks at 90!  Link to full obituary.

************************** October 3, 2019 ********************************


We're sad to receive news from the Colorado Springs group of the passing of their co-worker, Steve Woestemeyer, 71. Steve was an IT consultant before retiring.

************************** Sept 27, 2019 ********************************

Jackie Awerman reported the passing of co-worker Howard Painter, 83, of Hudson MA.  Howie’s career spanned 35 years and several continents with management and leadership positions in the technology industry from its earliest days. He was a fiercely proud Digital Equipment Corporation alum, starting the first PDP field sales office in Tokyo in the 1960s, and had worked in Phoenix manufacturing Link to full obituary.

************************** September 6, 2019 ********************************

Member Jodi Newell sadly reported the passing of her friend Stuart (Stu) McLeod Covey, 94, Maynard MA.  Jodi says: My entire 19 years at DEC were spent in Southern California but I traveled to Maynard, Nashua and Merrimack often. Stu was an expert on The Mill and gave me an awesome tour of all levels of the buildings back in the 1980s, telling me fun and interesting stories along the way. He and his wife Del always offered their home on Woodridge Street in Maynard for me to stay instead of a hotel and I sometimes spent vacation days with them. Stu and wife Del Covey were real gems.    Link to full obituary.

************************** August 28, 2019 ********************************


The Colorado Springs group reports the passing of their friend and co-worker, Johnny "Jay" Inman, 69.  Jay was a videographer at Digital Equipment.

Link to full obituary.


************************** July 2, 2019 ********************************


The Colorado Springs group wrote of the passing of their friend and co-worker, Patricia (Patty) Ann Upton, 65, of Colorado Springs CO.  Patty worked in the CXO1 Engineering Department and was one of the originals of the DEC Fountain Plant. Patty was employed at Digital/Compaq/Hewlett Packard for over 39 years and enjoyed performing engineering activities on multiple projects over the duration of her employment. Link to full obituary.

************************** May 28, 2019 ********************************


 We are sorry to inform you of the passing of Greg Kenoyer, 65, of Colorado Springs.  He was a long time employee with Digital/Compaq/HP/HPE/DXC before going on LTD after being diagnosed with ALS.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  Link to full obituary.

************************** May 24, 2019 ********************************


His daughter Nichola wrote to inform us of the death of DEC Connection member William (Bill) Meserve, 79, Nashua NH.  Bill enjoyed a 20+ year career at the Digital Equipment Corporation as a computer programmer and software engineer, first in southern CA, then in NH and MA. Nichola can be reached at nmeserve@gmail.com  Link to full obituary.

************************** May 23, 2019 ********************************


Condolences to our Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend Leo White.  From his friend and colleague, Jack Hunter: Leo was a good man.  He was vibrant and intelligent in his prime and a consummate professional at his work.  Janet LaPlante also wrote in to say that Leo was a friend she met in Dec. 1984 before he left for Geneva, and he will be missed.   

************************** May 11, 2019 ********************************

Will Sherwood sent us notice of the passing of Walker Anderson VI, 60, of Holliston MA on May 11, 2019.  Walker Anderson was a manager and Consulting Engineer in HLO Hudson Digital Semiconductor Design Verification group in the 1980s.   Link to full obituary here.

************************** May 7, 2019 ********************************

Galen Davis reports sad news that Al Gordon, 99, has passed away in Arizona:  with sadness we say goodbye to our long time DEC friend Al Gordon. He passed 5/7/2019 at 99. He joins his wife Joy in the hereafter. His two sons Al and Les were by his side in managed care in Peoria, AZ.  (We were looking forward to his 100th in September but it wasn't in the cards.)

Al was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and joined the RAF (Royal Air Force) from School as an early pilot and later technical adviser. As an RAF spotter he landed on Normandy Beach day-1 and survived the invasion of June 6,1944.  Following the war he moved his family to Vancouver Canada then California.  Joined DEC Manufacturing with others from Beckman Instruments in the 70's. Al held manufacturing positions with DEC Europe, Puerto Rico and Phoenix, AZ.  His family plans cremation with no formal announcement to date.
Al was a regular guest at our semi-annual DEC Arizona Alumni lunches, and we'll miss him. He enjoyed a long and successful career and life. May God Bless him as he now joins his wife Joy.

************************** April 30, 2019 ********************************

Pat Molloy reports sad news that (Robert G.) Rob Ayres, 73, of Concord MA, has passed away.  Do read his full obituary, a work of genius possibly written by Rob's wife Demi  ...No stranger to hard work, Rob started his career at age 12 as a paperboy in Wallingford, CT ultimately becoming a Vice President of Services at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was a champion of women's careers before it was fashionable...

************************** April 30, 2019 ********************************

Member Frank Ignachuck wrote in with sad news of the passing of his friend Jay (James P.) Sullivan, Jr. 70, of Marlborough MA.  Jay was a long time field service engineer for the In House Field Service Branch in the Mill.   Link to full obituary

 ************************** April 26, 2019 ********************************


DEC Connection member Galen Davis reports sad news that (Robert) Bob Difazio, 85, of Moultonborough NH, has passed away. Bob was raised and educated in Arlington MA. (No info about Digital career.)

Link to full obituary

************************** April 26, 2019 ********************************

Member Ian Ferguson reports that Gilles Marin, 71, Longueuil (Montreal) Quebec, Canada has passed away: Gilles was the first person I worked with when I joined DEC in SWS in Montreal. He was the big Typeset guru for our unique product and later District Manager...a great guy.

************************** April 19, 2019 ********************************

Member Dennis Reardon wrote in that Alan S. Anderson, 72, reached the end of his brave battle with cancer at home in Scottsdale, AZ the evening of April 19, 2019. Alan first trained as a minister but left for challenges in corporate America and spent 20 years with high tech companies - Digital Equipment Corporation, SAP, and ASML, primarily in the Boston area, Atlanta, and Tempe, and finally in The Netherlands, specializing in International Human Resources.  Link to full obituary.

************************** April 7, 2019 ********************************

DEC Connection member Ted Sares reports sad news that Walter Chaffin, 70, of Houston TX has passed away.   Walt's career was in Human Resources and while at Digital he and family lived in Harvard MA.  

Link to full obituary.

************************** April 6, 2019 ********************************


Laura Woodburn sent in sad news that David Hartzband of Jamaica Plain died suddenly on April 6.  In the 80’s, David was an architect for DEC’s Rdb database product, now owned by Oracle. Years later he joined several startups bought out by other companies, before spending the last 15+ years doing product development and research in healthcare information technology. A tribute to David posted by the RCHN Community Health Foundation can be found here: https://www.rchnfoundation.org/?page_id=409
DEC colleagues recall David as ‘an exceptionally interesting guy’.   His experiences and spheres of interest both within and beyond technology were wildly diverse. He played football for Syracuse, served as a Navy SEAL commander in Vietnam, taught at Stanford and MIT, lived briefly on a Portuguese shipping vessel, knew plenty about the arts and design. Yet above all, David was a man whose brilliance was matched only by his gentleness and his deep interest in others. He will be missed.

************************** April 6, 2019 ********************************


Ray Humphrey wrote of the death of John J. Kulik of Maynard:

I’m saddened to convey the news about John Kulik’s passing. John was a tremendous individual and personified that ideal of a truly decent, honorable, hardworking, ethical, caring, individual. His moral compass and commitment to excellence in every endeavor distinguished him with the Massachusetts State Police and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Both organizations were indeed fortunate to have John as part of their senior management teams. To me, along with many other great traits, he was  somebody I could always look to for that great combination of intellect, judgment, and “street smarts.” A tremendous synergy.

Link to full obituary.

************************** March 30, 2019 ********************************

Friend Richard Tucker wrote: Sadly, I learned that a colleague from Digital’s Personal Computer Business Unit, Dan Vertrees, 69, of Houston TX, passed away 3/30/19 following a 2-year battle vs. cancer. Dan started his career at Burroughs Corporation as a marketing representative. He worked his way up  and retired from Hewlett Packard as Vice President and General Manager for North America, Enterprise Channels & Alliances. After retirement, he resumed his early career in commercial real estate and truly enjoyed working hard to make his clients happy. A link to his obituary follows: Link to full obituary.

************************** March 28, 2019 ********************************


Member Pat Molloy wrote: I am sorry to report the passing of Don Smith.  He moved from Australia to the US to marry his wonderful wife, Mary Ann (Harrall) Smith who is also an ex-Digit, as they say in Australia.  He came to work for DEC in the early 90’s, in the General International Area, doing project management on some very complex customer accounts in Asia, Australia and India.  He and Mary returned to Australia to live 20 years ago, settling in Batehaven on Bateman’s Bay in New South Wales.  As so many have, he suffered from dementia for the past few years and passed away on March 28th.  He is missed.

************************** March 27, 2019 ********************************


We are saddened to receive news of the passing of Bill (William A.) DeSimone, 76, Gloucester MA from his sister-in-law Suzanne Soules, who says that Bill loved being part of DEC from the late sixties or early seventies right on through all the corporate transitions to his retirement. Bill was in the LDP Product Line, among others. Condolences may be emailed to Suzanne and Bill's wife at suzanne.soules@gmail.com. Link to full obituary.


************************** March 11, 2019 ********************************

Member Conray Wharff reported the passing of friend and colleague Helen Jane (Shalansky) Krysieniel, 87, of Acton MA.  She passed away on March 11, 2019 in Cape Coral, FL after a brief illness. Helen worked for 12 years as a receptionist at Digital Equipment Corporation, Acton MA.  Link to obituary.

************************** March 5, 2019 ********************************

Member Ed LoTurco reported the passing of his special friend and colleague at DEC, Jarvis ("J") D. Bailey, age 73, of Methuen, MA on March 5, 2019.  Link to obituary.

************************** March 4, 2019 ********************************

mailto:lindamoncrief@yahoo.com?subject=Cary D. Wyman

My husband, Cary D. Wyman, was a software engineer at DEC in the 1970’s. Unfortunately he died in 2019. I’d like to connect with any of his colleagues 
and discuss the projects he worked on. lindamoncrief@yahoo.com

Cary Douglas Wyman, 77, passed away on March 4, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

He was born on Aug. 24, 1941, in Nashua NH.  He was primarily raised in Keene where he lived with his siblings, David Wyman and Martha Wyman. He had resided in Austin, Texas for the last 16 years of his retirement. Cary loved his cats, programming, debating over politics, study of maps, and his family. He had a vast collection of literature from all different genres and eras and enjoyed sharing his love for literature with his family. Cary is survived by his wife, Linda Moncrief.

************************** March 2, 2019 ********************************

Member Dennis Reardon wrote to report: Gunter Lenhoff, 79, passed away in Henderson, Nevada in March 2019.  I worked with Gunter in Hudson, Merrimack and Marlboro with TOEM and BCG in the early 80’s. 

Link to obituary.

************************** February 8, 2019 ********************************

We are saddened to report the passing of William P. (Bill or "Pipe") Keating, 88, Concord MA, on 8 February 2019. Bill was Vice President of the Software Development Technologies Group. He worked at DEC for fifteen years, retiring in 1992. Condolences may be emailed to Bill's daughter Kathleen Keating at kathiesart@gmail.com.  Kathie wrote that Bill

was very fond of Mr. Olsen and always saddened by his own prediction of what would and did happen to DEC down the line. He loved DEC.

Link to full obituary.

************************** January 30, 2019 ********************************

Harlan E. Anderson of New Canaan, CT died on January 30th at age 89.

Anderson was an early computer pioneer and innovator who co-founded the first minicomputer company, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), which, at its peak, grew into the second largest computer company in the world.

Following his years at DEC, Anderson served in the late 1960's as Director of Technology for Time, Inc.  He went on to have a career in small-scale venture capital for technology start-ups, serving on many industry and corporate boards. Link to full obituary.


************************** January 25, 2019 ********************************


Barrie Hunter forwarded sad news about the passing of John Sherwood Brown, 76, friend and co-worker from Glebe, NSW, Australia in Digital's South Pacific Region.  John is survived by Joanne (his partner), Sebastian (her son), his son Gavin, son Mitchell, daughter Danna, and sister Robyn.

Link to full obituary.

************************** January 24, 2019 ********************************


Jim Higgins wrote to share: Sad news received today. Ceil Higgins relayed that her husband (Jeff) Dave Higgins passed away Thursday in Omaha after a long bout with Alzheimer's. Dave brought me into DEC in the education group in LCG in 1977. He had a sterling record in Sales and Sales Management in CA and NM. Jeff David Higgins "outPealed" Norman Vincent. He was the most optimistic person I ever met, as well as the most supportive and the best manager I ever had. We have remained good friends since we first met; although we communicated infrequently, when we did it was always an uplifting experience. He had a wonderful family and a great career. Dave's passing leaves a big hole. Rest In Peace, my good friend.  Full obituary when available.

************************** January 21, 2019 ********************************


Judy Kilgore sent in this obituary for Peter John Wilson Lamb, 60, of Dania Beach FL and Annapolis MD, who died unexpectedly on January 21, 2019. Upon graduation from Lynchburg College, Peter embarked on what would become a 37-year career supporting our nation's defense industry with the highest-level computer technology. Beginning with Digital Equipment, he navigated a succession of corporate mergers and ultimately was paid by Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. He retired in October 2017 after leading a team that supported the National Reconnaissance Organization. Link to full obituary.

************************** January 6, 2019 ********************************



Judy Kilgore shared this memory of Mary Riffelmacher, 72, who had worked in the CXO Engineering Reprographics Department within Document Control with Lawrene Weaver, Lynn Proctor and herself. Some may remember Mary as the Easter Chicken when she wore a costume for fun (left photo below). She could be quite the ham. We had rented the costume for an Easter egg hunt in our backyard and had the costume for a few day so Mary decided to have some fun at work. It was funny to see people's reactions when they came to the repro window to order prints and found this chicken greeting them. We had such a fun time in Document Control!  When Mary worked at DEC she was married to Richard (Riff) Riffelmacher who also worked at CXO but was divorced before his death in 2010.  RIP, Mary.  Full obituary here.

************************** January 4, 2019 ********************************


The Colorado Springs group has also reported the passing of Joseph J. Cosgrove, 82, of New Silver Beach, North Falmouth, MA.  Joe followed Bob Browne as Plant manager at the Rockrimmon plant. Then went to Japan and Hong Kong as Far East Mfg Mgr.

Full obituary here.

************************** December 26, 2018 ********************************


Our condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend Robert L. Browne, who passed away on his 84th birthday.  Bob and his wife Cynthia together raised seven children and lived in Springfield, Massachusetts; Norristown, Pennsylvania; and Farmington Hills, Michigan before moving to Colorado Springs in 1977 to work at Digital Equipment Corp. He worked for over 40 years in manufacturing engineering and traveled all over the world working in his field.  Full obituary here.

************************** December 18, 2018 ********************************

Karen Hamilton reported the passing of Olga M. Caiazzi, 93, of Clinton, MA. Olga enjoyed her career as a bookkeeper and accountant for several companies; including Digital Equipment Corp. in Maynard, from which she retired.  Olga always remained positive and shared laughter with those around her.  Link to full obituary.

************************** December 13, 2018 ********************************

Friend Bob Huntley wrote: Sad to post this but Paul A. Serra of Nashua NH passed away Thursday, December 13th.  Paul fought a 5 year battle with lung cancer and after numerous clinical trials at Dana Farber Cancer Institute it finally got the best of him.  He was a fighter to the end.  I've known Paul for 38 years and he was the best friend you could have.  Paul was 59 years old. He started with Digital Finance right out of College, in Corporate Audit, in 1981 and worked in a number of Senior Finance positions throughout the company. He continued with Compaq and HP.  Paul moved into Operations after the Compaq acquisition and worked there through the HP Acquisition right up until this past November 14th!  Link to full obituary.

************************** December 11, 2018 ********************************

Jim Higgins wrote to report sad news that we lost another DEC star with the passing of Delbert E. Lippert, 76, Cobden ON, succumbing to heart disease in December.  Del was an executive in Digital as the Corporate Manager for Educational Services, with Digital for 18 years, and was named an Honorary Colonel in the Canadian Army.

Full obituary here.

************************** December 11, 2018 ********************************

Condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend: Charlie Hall, 65, a great friend and fellow IT employee in CXO1/2 during the late 1980’s through early 1990’s died on Tuesday evening, Dec 11th.  Heaven is having some great music tonight!   Full obituary here.

************************** December 3, 2018 ********************************

Condolences to Jack and Leslie Mileski and other friends of Bill (William John) Page, 73, of Moultonborough, NH, who passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer. Bill was a Penn State graduate majoring in Mechanical Engineering and was a member of the Kappa Delta fraternity. He also earned his master’s degree in Computer Science at Case Western University, in Cleveland OH. Bill moved to Acton MA to work at Digital Equipment Corporation and later Compaq and Hewlett-Packard. He made many friends there. Full obituary here.

************************** November 26, 2018 ********************************

Jerry Bernath reported the sad news of the sudden passing of Mitch Tunkel, 73, of Fort Lauderdale FL, from liver cancer diagnosed just 6 weeks previously.  We send our sincere condolences to Mitch's partner and ex-DECcie Sue Murrell, and to their many DEC friends.  Mitch worked for Digital in marketing in Merrimack for 16 years, from 1971 to 1987, moved to FL, and later formed his real estate business in Ft. Lauderdale, InnVest Hospitality Corporation. Mitch and Sue were popular contributors to the S. FL DEC Connection group, treating us to two intracoastal rides on their yacht, the InnSanity.  Sue can be reached at admiralsue722@gmail.com.

************************** November 18, 2018 ********************************


Our condolences to the CXO group on the loss of their friend, Mike (Michael Lee) Cope, Sr., 80, Colorado Springs. On leaving the military, Michael joined Burroughs Corporation as a computer engineer. In 1965, Michael and Anita were relocated to Colorado Springs, CO. where Michael took part in the installation of the first computers inside Cheyenne Mt. NORAD complex. He left the Burroughs Corporation and went to work for the Digital Corporation as a field engineer. Michael was named District Manager for Hewlett Packard on the military side.  Full obituary here.

************************** November 17, 2018 ********************************

Becky Gibson wrote to us: I’d like to report the passing of my mother, Arlene Gibson, 89, in Ayer MA, on 11/17/18. She retired from DEC in 1990. She worked in the Mill for Metals and Materials and also for HR doing training, etc.  She LOVED DEC! When I started working for Lotus back in 1984 she told me it would be a good place to get experience so I could come work at DEC (I had a very long career with Lotus and IBM ;).)  Becky can be reached at gibsonb@icloud.com   Full obituary here.

************************** November 15, 2018 ********************************

Bill Gordon reported the recent death of James H "Jim" Kiser, age 68, of Marlborough, Massachusetts, who passed on November 15, 2018. Worked at Parker Street and in Houston Texas.  Always standing up for the rights of the handicapped from his motorized wheelchair.  link to obituary.

************************** November 9, 2018 ********************************


Condolences to our Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend Dick ThompsonDick passed away suddenly on November 9, 2018.  Dick lived a long and full life and is survived by his wife, Wendy, and two sons, Randy & Rod.  A military memorial service was held at Pikes Peak Veterans Cemetery in Colorado Springs.  Dick was a long-time Digital employee and will be missed.

************************** November 4, 2018 ********************************


Atlant Schmidt wrote to report the sad news that Brian S. McCarthy, 64, passed away: Brian McCarthy (formerly of RSX-11M Engineering, the PDP-11/74 multiprocessor project, and DECUS) of Nashua, NH died on November 4th. Brian served for many years as a Nashua Alderman and rose to become President of the Board of Aldermen.  Full obituary here.

************************** October 17, 2018 ********************************

We received the sad news that former Digital manufacturing executive Richard W. (Dick) Esten, 86, of Kansas City MO, has passed away.  Dick joined Digital in 1969 and over his years with DEC, he would work in Westminster, MA, Puerto Rico, New Mexico and at the Mill in Maynard, MA.  In 1997, he finished his career in Geneva, Switzerland as Vice President of Manufacturing for Digital Europe.  Full obituary here.

************************** September 28, 2018 ********************************

Our condolences to CXO friends of Kenneth Warren Enger, 72, who passed away in September.   A long-time resident of Colorado Springs, Ken spent his career as a Computer Field Service Engineer at the CX03 facility of Digital Equipment Corp., after serving in the Air Force.

Full obituary here.

************************** September 8, 2018 ********************************

Our condolences to friends of (William L.) Bill Plante Jr., 75, who passed away unexpectedly in September. Bill had worked in Westfield, Puerto Rico and Colorado during a distinguished 30 year Digital career. 

Full obituary here.

************************** September 3, 2018 ********************************

Thanks to Clem Cole for reporting the passing of Stanley J. Whitlock, 70, of Merrimack NH, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in September. Clem adds that Stan was a 30+ year DECie (Fortran Compiler Guru). For more than 20 years, Stan served on the U.S. Standards Committee for the Fortran programming language. In 2015, he was honored by the International Committee for Information Technology Standards for his contributions to the ongoing technical development of the Fortran programming language. Our sincere condolences to Stan's friends and his wife Carolyn and their family. (carolynwhitlock@comcast.net).    Full obituary here.

**************************  August 13, 2018 ********************************

Condolences to friends of (Peter James) Pete Smith, 73, of Chatham MA, who was highly influential in the Digital marketing community. In 1970, Peter joined Digital Equipment Corporation as an entry-level Marketing Specialist and eventually rose in the organization to serve as SVP, Worldwide Marketing and SVP, of International Operations during a 24 year career at the company. After leaving Digital in 1994, Peter joined Canonsburg, PA based software company, Ansys, Inc. as President and guided them to a successful 1998 public stock offering as CEO. In 1995, he was named Chairman of the Board and served in this capacity for 19 years. In 2000, he retired as the Ansys CEO to be closer to his family in Massachusetts. Peter was also a former Chairman of the Martin Group, Bluesocket, Inc. and Neartek Inc. and a former director of NxTrend Inc. and Accellos Inc.  Memorial donations may be made in honor of Peter Smith to the Parkinson’s Fund for the neurological studies of Dr. Stephen Gomperts at Mass General Hospital. https://www.massgeneral.org/neurology/support/  Full obituary here.

**************************  August 8, 2018 ********************************

Our sincere condolences to DEC Arizona friends of (Ralph) Vincent Yohe, 75, Sun River, Montana. Vince's degree led him into Environmental Health Safety and Hazard for Digital Equipment Corp. at the Phoenix branch.  Later, due to downsizing he retired from Digital Equip Corp. and moved to Montana. In lieu of flowers Memorial donations are suggested to “Flood Damage” fund c/o Sun River Methodist Church.
GoFundMeSunRiver acct. is open. Full obituary here.

**************************  July 28, 2018 ********************************

Condolences to CXO friends of Marty Gilbert, 80.  Marty worked in Field Service for many years.  Memorial donations requested by family to American Cancer Society. Full obituary here.

*************************  July 21, 2018 ********************************

Our condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend and co-worker, John F. Ehrgott, 77, following a 4-1/2 year battle with lung cancer.  

Link to full obituary here.

**************************  July 11, 2018 ********************************

Our condolences to Luciano Mascari, who wrote: I bring the sad news that another of our friends and DEC colleagues, Gary W. Sicard, 71, Fitchburg MA, has passed away Wed. 11-July-2018. After coming home from military service, Gary worked at DEC for over two decades in the HR function - mostly in the Maynard Mill and Westminster Mfg plant in MA.  Gary spent his time volunteering in the Leominster community as a coach, and he was active in charities and veterans affairs.  He was also an accomplished musician and avid fisherman.  I first meet Gary professionally when I took the Mill Site HR Mgr job in 1985. He introduced me to the Mill angling community, and we became close friends with our shared love of fishing. We had a friendship that lasted over the past 33 years.  www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net

************************** July 11, 2018 ********************************


Our condolences to friends and family of Peter Davis, Arlington MA.  His wife Donna Cantera-Davis (dcdmusicstudio@gmail.com) writes:

I just wanted to let you know that Peter Davis, a former Software Engineer for DEC passed away at home on July 11th, after a long struggle with prostate cancer.  We will be having a Memorial Service for him on Saturday, August 11th, at 1:00 p.m.  The Service will be held at the First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church, 630 Mass. Ave. in Arlington, MA with a reception immediately following the service.
Donations can be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

************************** July 5, 2018 ********************************


Jack Mileski reports the passing of his friend, former co-worker, and neighbor, James J. (Jim) Murphy, 79, of Stow MA.   Jim was a financial analyst in DEC Engineering.

Link to full obituary.

************************** June 15, 2018 ********************************

We are saddened to have lost DEC Connection member Dale Rutschow of Colorado Springs during June, after succumbing to a catastrophic motor neuron disease attributed to Lyme disease.  Dale started with DEC in 1983 at the old Chapel Hills NC office. He left for a few years and came back at the Rockford IL office, part of the Chicago District in 1990. Transferred to CXO in 1995 to join the Gold Support Team and then was on the NASDAQ support team until he became disabled in 2003.  Dale entered hospice in 2015 from complications of Lyme disease. Dale's family asks that memorial donations be made to the Grace Hospice Foundation at curohealthservices.com or lymedisease.org.

************************** June 12, 2018 ********************************

We are sorry to learn that another former CXO employee, Jeffrey W. Leidigh, 64, passed away at his home in Thomasville, Georgia. Jeffrey graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and at Digital was a manufacturing engineer. 

Full obituary here.

************************** May 15, 2018 ********************************

Thanks to Mike Drake for reporting the passing of Patrick Francis Bowe, 85, of Littleton MA. Pat was an engineer for many years in Maynard during his Digital career.  Link to full obituary here.

************************** April 26, 2018 ********************************


Friend Lenny Jay sent us this obituary in July 2019: 

Please be informed of John William Stewart's passing on Thu., Apr. 26, 2018 at 75. He worked in Field Service out of the Tucson, AZ branch office, and lived, worked in Sierra Vista, AZ.

April 1969 he went to work for Digital Equipment Corp. Was hired as a computer instructor. After 2½ years in Mass. he was transferred to field service in Michigan and worked there for 7 years. In July 1978 he transferred to Sierra Vista, in southeastern Arizona where John worked as a Remote Field Service Engineer.  Link to full obituary here.

************************** April 24, 2018 ********************************


Very sad news comes from the European ex-Digital group in an announcement of the passing of Pier Carlo Falotti on 24 April.  Based in Geneva, Pier Carlo joined Digital in 1969 and served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Digital Europe, Middle East and Africa from 1983 until 1992. For those of you who can read French, the following announcement, which appeared in Tribune de Geneve, can be viewed at http://www.hommages.ch/Defunt/113729/Falotti_Pier_Carlo

************************** April 23, 2018 ********************************

Condolences to the CXO group on the passing of their friend, Roger Allen Hergert, 72, of Colorado Springs.  Roger was an engineer and worked for computer companies like Texas Instruments, Storage Tech, and Digital Equipment Corp. In 1993, he retired from engineering and opened an RV park and campground in Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Link to full obituary.

************************** April 20, 2018 ********************************

Condolences to the CXO group on the passing of their friend, Michael Zarich, 74, of Longmont CO. After over 3 years of being in a wheelchair from a fall, Mike Zarich passed away on Friday, April 20th.   Link to full obituary.

************************** April 10, 2018 ********************************

Jack Richardson reported the passing of Nathan A. Symes, Jr., 77, of Las Vegas NV.  Nat worked at Digital in Connecticut for many years and eventually retired in 2002 from HP, moving to Las Vegas (but remaining a staunch Patriots fan).

Full obituary here.

************************** March 10, 2018 ********************************

Our deepest condolences go to DEC Connection member Rini Sofka on the passing of her husband, Benny M. Sofka (both pictured at left).  Benny had worked in the Micro Film Dept. in Maynard on Parker Street.  At the time of his passing, Benny was 101 years old and he would have been 102 years old on May 10, 2018.  Condolences may be US-mailed to Rini at her home at 14 Elm Court, Maynard, MA 01754 (no email).

Full obituary at this link.

************************** March 10, 2018 ********************************

Our condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the sudden loss of their friend, Allen (Al) Clark, 77, of Colorado Springs, and subsequently Melbourne FL.  Friend Jerry Wardell posted a photo of Al in the DEC packaging dept, circa 1981.  Al's wife Audrey and family request that memorial donations be made in Allen's name to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be left at beachfuneralhome.com Link to full obituary.


************************** February 20, 2018 ********************************

Thank you to Sue Yarger for letting us know about the death of Gilles P. Tardif, 83, Sarasota FL.  Gilles was employed in the computer field and moved up and down the East Coast. He retired from Digital Equipment Corp. in 1991. Link to full obituary.

************************** February 11, 2018 ********************************

DEC Connection member Lou Rubino wrote to report the passing of two former co-workers. Our condolences go out to friends and family of (Irwin) Warren Beckman, 75, Acton and Otis MA, whose career at Digital was in Finance.


Link to full obituary.

************************** February 10, 2018 ********************************


Thanks, and our condolences, to Gary Finerty for letting us know about the death of Joseph M. Meany, Jr. 78, of Marlborough MA.   Joe was an early product line manager for the Education market in the 1970s and contributed in various roles until his retirement from DEC in 1994.

Memorial donations may be made to the restoration of the Mayflower II Restoration, c/o Plimoth Plantation P.O. Box 1620 Plymouth MA, 02360.

Link to full obituary.

************************** January 30, 2018 ********************************

DEC Connection member Lou Rubino wrote to report the passing of two former co-workers.  Condolences to friends and family of Barry M. Bograd, Framingham and Newton MA, who passed away on January 30th after a brave battle with cancer.  Barry's career at Digital was in Human Resources.

Link to full obituary.


************************** January 27, 2018 ********************************


Condolences to friend Jerry Shusterman for reporting Bruce Bolduc's passing:

Bruce D. Bolduc, 70, of Leominster, died January 27, 2018, in UMass Medical Center, Worcester.  He was born February 23, 1947, son of the late Hector E. and Gloris (Brisson) Bolduc.  Bruce was a graduate of Notre Dame High School, Fitchburg.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Fitchburg State College, and his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Western New England College.  He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. Bruce worked as an accountant for Digital Equipment Co. for 25 years. 

************************** January 18, 2018 ********************************


Our condolences to the CXO group on the loss of their friend Steve (John Stephen) Hayes, 69, of Colorado Springs. Writes his friend Judy Kilgore: Steve Hayes and I worked together in the Security Dept at CXO. He was a blast to work with, always keeping the mood light and fun. I also worked with Tina Hayes, Steve's wife, when she and I worked in Document Control in CXO1. Tina, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I understand Steve had been ill for quite a number of years. Last time I saw him was a couple years ago at an essential oils meeting we were attending at the Embassy Suites. He was still cracking jokes and being his humorous self.

Born April 22, 1948. Died Jan. 18, 2018.Court clerk/bailiff/court, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Tina L.; a brother, Todd; and a sister, Chris Sloan. The Springs Funeral Services.

************************** January 13, 2018 ********************************

Thanks to Sheldon Bishov for reporting the sad news of the passing of Norm Douglas, 78, of Chelmsford MA.  Norm was an extremely kind man, always willing to help a co-worker.  He was a long-time Digital employee, working in the product lines (IPG, MSG) in the mid 70s-80s and later in industry marketing.

Link to full obituary.

************************** January 13, 2018 ********************************

Thanks and condolences to Leslie Maltz and Sue Yarger for sending in the sad news about the untimely death of Digital engineer and DEC Connection member Warren Sander.

Warren Sander, 59, Collierville, TN, died Saturday, January 13, 2018 following a battle with cancer.  He worked in the Marlboro area at Digital, Compaq and HP until moving to Memphis TN near family to work at Fed Ex in data analytics.  Link to full obituary.

************************** November 17, 2017 ********************************

 Our condolences to Barrie and Anne Hunter and other friends of Marge (Marjorie Ann) Hollis, 87, of Sandwich MA. Barrie says: One of the world's better people, Marge Hollis, passed away. I don't have her entire Digital history but I know she was my wife Anne's secretary for a number of years in Maynard and also worked in the Hudson facility. I've known her since I moved to the US in 1980 and she always had a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone.  Link to full obituary.

************************** November 12, 2017 ********************************

Condolences to the CXO group on the passing of their friend, (Frederick) Keith Glick, 77, of Colorado Springs, on 12 Nov 2017Keith attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering in 1962. He was in ROTC during college and the US Army from 1963-1965.  Keith worked at Draper Laboratory at MIT where he managed software development, receiving two patents and consulting for major industrial companies in the US and Europe. Keith worked with NASA's manned space program throughout the Apollo Project. Keith's work focused on the Computer Navigation Systems, and he was present at Cape Canaveral for the launch of Apollo 11, the first manned moon landing. In 1983 Keith joined Digital Equipment Corporation as Manager of Manufacturing Technology, and moved to Colorado Springs for the rest of his Digital career.

Link to full obituary.

************************** November 10, 2017 ********************************

We are sad to report that Sanford Schulman, 83, Auburn MA, has passed away.  Sanford was born in Worcester was a long-time Digital employee, retired in 1992, and was a DEC Connection member.  His family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047  Link to full obituary.

************************** November 10, 2017 ********************************

Condolences to the CXO group on the passing of their friend, Sirvan Monty Farris, 55, Colorado Springs, who worked in the Package Systems group at CXO.  Link to full obituary.

************************** November 4, 2017 ********************************

Condolences to Betsy Comstock and other friends of (Robert) Bob A. Johnson, 74, Acton MA, who passed away on 4 Nov 2017. Bob was an ever curious scientist, earning a BS (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and Ph.D. (Brown University) in Physics and writing his thesis on magnetism because it was the hardest problem he could find. After a time as a professor at Bucknell University, Bob continued in this vein throughout his professional life, developing magnetic recording technology at the Sperry Research Center, Polaroid, in Storage Systems at Digital Equipment Corp., and at Quantum. 

Link to full obituary.

************************** 7 October, 2017 ********************************


Condolences to the CXO group on the passing of their friend, David Paul Kicilinski, 85, of Colorado Springs and Barnstable MA. David served in the U.S. Navy and then worked until retirement at Digital Equipment Corporation.   Link to full obituary.

************************** October 6, 2017 ********************************

Our condolences to Michael Bujnowski and other friends of Joseph F. Smith, 82, of Bedford MA, who died October 6 at Elliott hospital following a sudden illness.  Joe worked as an electrical engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, MA and Merrimack, NH for many years. 

Link to full obituary.


************************** October 6, 2017 ********************************

Condolences to the CXO group on the passing of their friend, Bill (William J.)Grierson, 73, Colorado Springs, on 6 Oct 2017.  Bill was a human resources specialist at Digital in CXO. Link to full obituary.


************************** October 2, 2017 **************************************

Thanks and condolences to Sue Yarger (and other friends) for letting us know sad news about the passing of DEC Connection member Don (Donald J.) Alusic, 75, Amherst NH.  Don had a long and distinguished career in computer marketing and engineering program management as part of the original Digital Equipment Corporation, later Compaq and then Hewlett Packard.

Link to full obituary.

************************** September 25, 2017 ********************************

Condolences to the CXO group on the passing of their friend, Jerry (Jerome) P. Stimpfl, 75, Pueblo CO, on 25 Sep 2017.  Jerry was an engineer and in management for computer companies including Digital. Link to full obituary.

************************** August 25, 2017 ********************************

Thanks and condolences to Ray Humphrey for letting us know about the passing of his friend, Tracey R. Greenwood, 59, of Sterling MA.  Tracey worked over 30 years in security management which included over 20 years at Digital Equipment Corp.  Link to full obituary.

************************** July 30 , 2017 ********************************

Thank you to friend Daniel Taylor for reporting the untimely passing of David Michael Wilhelm, 57, of Rockport TX. David worked for Hewlett Packard Enterprise as a Servicing Agent helping clients all over the world. David was exceptionally respected for his expertise and skills in solving computer problems. Daniel says that David had just gotten WFRed and paperwork was still in process when he got ill and ended up in hospital. He passed away- suspect from pneumonia. Link to full obituary.

************************** July 28, 2017 ********************************

Condolences to Colorado Springs friends and family of Todd Survil, 55, Omaha NE, who passed away on July 28 following a battle with cancer.  Todd was a Mechanical Tech in CXO in the 80s, where he met his wife Doreen.  Memorial service on August 5.  Link to full obituary.

************************** July 26, 2017 ********************************


Condolences to Colorado Springs friends and family of Karin White, who worked on the DirecTV contract for many years.

Link to full obituary.

************************** July 14, 2017 ********************************

Condolences to Colorado Springs friends of Edward Sather, 86 who passed away on July 14.  After a distinguished 28-year military career, Ed served as a Quality Engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation until retiring in December 1989.  Link to full obituary.

************************** July 12, 2017 ********************************

Condolences to Phoenix AZ and Maynard area friends of Henry Francis (Hank) Chartrand, 74, of Show Low AZ.  Hank had a very successful Digital career in Maynard and Phoenix.  

************************** July 10, 2017 ********************************

Condolences to Galen Davis and others on the loss of their friend Eugene Graham, 76, talented Manufacturing manager in Maynard and Marlborough. Writes Galen: Gene lived his retirement years on Martha's Vineyard.  We became a good friends during our DEC manufacturing program time.  We have exchanged notes on cards during this Christmas season for the past 25 years.  It is with sadness this holiday season we say goodbye and "God Bless" to our friend Gene!  Link to full obituary.

************************** July 8, 2017 ********************************

We are very sad to announce that (C. Robert) Bob Moore, 80, our dedicated DEC Connection Treasurer, and founder of the Digital Retirees Association (DRA) organization (following the first SERP) that DEC Connection joined with in 2006, passed away on July 8th.  Bob's Digital career was in IT Operations in Maynard and Concord.

Thanks to those of you who sent notes to Bob during his hospice time, they were really appreciated. Bob and his incredible dedication to DEC Connection will be sorely missed. Emails of condolence may be sent to his wife Doris at dmoore03@verizon.net.  There will be calling hours at the funeral home on Fri Aug 11, and a Memorial Service for Bob on Sat. Aug 12 at 11 AM at the Central Congregational UCC Church, 1 Worthen St, Chelmsford, MAHere is a link to full obituary.

************************** June 13, 2017 ********************************

Sincere condolence to Joseph Roux and family, who contacted us to report the untimely passing of his wife Arlene P Roux, 60, Thomasville NC/Tewksbury MA after a courageous year-long battle with cancer.  Arlene (formerly Duncanson and maiden name of Harris), had worked for 20 years in Human Resources at the Mill, Tewksbury, So. Lawrence and finally Boxborough. Link to full obituary.


************************** April 15, 2017 ********************************

Galen Davis wrote in to report the passing of Walter Menges, 76, of Phoenix AZ on April 15th,  just 3 days after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Walter was in the DEC Phoenix sales office at the 24th Street and a good friend to many of us. God Bless and RIP Walter!   Link to obituary.

************************** April 5, 2017 ********************************

Our sincere condolences go to ex-DECcie Kathy Dolan and family on the passing of her mother, Marge Paul (Badge #1686), 89, of Maynard MA.
Marge joined Digital in 1965 and retired after 27 years of service. She started her career in the Mill, later moving to Waltham, Parker St, Merrimack NH, Marlborough and back to the mill where she finished her career. She enjoyed her time at DEC and the people she met from around the world. Following her time at DEC she logged over 6,000 volunteer hours at Emerson Hospital where she greeted  many DEC friends as they came to visit friends and family or for their own appt.  Link to full obituary.

************************** April 3, 2017 ********************************

Bill (William D.) Montero, 80, of the Colorado Springs (CXO) group passed away on April 3, 2017. Bill was retired senior management at DEC, and a U.S. Army National Guard veteran. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Link to full obituary.

************************** March 24, 2017 ********************************

Our condolences to the Colorado Springs (CXO) group on the loss of their friend Bill Major, 74.  Bill was a manager for Digital Equipment Corporation and HP before he retired and started his own remodeling business.   

Link to full obituary.

************************** March 12, 2017 ********************************

Anker Berg-Sonne wrote in to report the passing of one of his Danish friends from Digital - Kay Larsen.  Kay worked for DEC Sales in Denmark and the USA.

************************** February 28, 2017 ********************************

DEC Connection member Jack MacKeen sent in an obituary link for Rick (Gerard Richard) Faubert, 80, Wellesley MA.  Rick and his wife Barbara moved to Boston when Rick started work at the Apollo instrumentation lab at MIT. Rick worked at DEC for 25 years, and then at the DCU as a loan originator, from which he retired in April 2016 at the age of 79.  Our condolences go to Rick's friends and family.  Link to full obituary.

************************** February 19, 2017 ********************************

DEC Connection member Bob Schuetz wrote with sad news:

Friends, it's with a heavy heart that I let you know that Jerry Bryant passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017.  Gerald J. Bryant, 77, was a long time Digital Equipment employee spending much of his time in the Charlotte, North Carolina Software Services office where he served as District Software Manager for many years. He was promoted to Southwest Regional Software Services Manager and he and his wife Linda moved to Irving, CA approximately 1984 until his eventual retirement in the early 1990s.
Jerry touched our lives in a very positive personal and professional way.  He will be missed.  I have listed below information if you want to send cards, flowers, etc. Jerry's wife's address is Linda Bryant,12852 Lebel Rd., Knoxville TN 37934.  Please pass this information on to anyone that would be interested. Services are scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017, Weatherford Mortuary, Oak Ridge, TN. 
Link to full obituary.

************************* February 18, 2017 ********************************


DEC Connection Member Kathy Caisse wrote to tell us of the passing of her friend Larry Stahl on February 18, 2017.  When Larry worked for Digital Equipment Corporation™ he was the Corporate Account - Strategic Account Manager responsible for Rockwell International's Aerospace and Defense Electronics Businesses (Space Shuttle, B1 etc.).  In that capacity one of his best experiences was meeting astronaut Gene Cernan, first man on the moon, who also recently died.

Larry's son Riley would like to hear from former co-workers and friends of his dad's (please write!) at Rileystahl562@gmail.com.  Per Larry's wishes, no memorials are planned.


************************** February 17, 2017 ********************************


Bill Prindle wrote in with the sad news that his friend, Randal (Randy) S. Dearborn, of Camas, Washington died on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. He was 63. Randy was a producer and art director in Media Services during the 1980s. 

Link to full obituary.


************************** 12 February, 2017 ********************************

Jeff when he joined DEC.

Thank you to Rich Dischler for letting us know about the untimely death of his first hire, Jeff Doyle, 55, of Holden MA. 

Holden, Mass - Jeffrey L. Doyle, 55, passed away on February 12, 2017 at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home. He was born in Carlisle, PA son of Stanley and Marie (Sheely) Doyle.

Jeff spent a good deal of the 90’s in the Large System Vax Group as a signal integrity engineer where much mentoring came from John Hackenberg. He ran many SPICE simulations and wrote software to support various aspects of circuit design for the Vax 8650 and Vax 9000.

Link to death notice.


************************** February 12, 2017 ********************************

Condolences to friends of Thaddeus I. Ware, 85, Colorado Springs, who passed away on February 12, 2017.  Thad was a Military Veteran, with 20 years of service in the United States Army, retiring at Fort Carson Military base in Colorado Springs in 1972. After his military service, he worked for Digital Corporation for 15 years, until he retired in 1991.  Link to full obituary.


************************** February 2, 2017 ********************************

Condolences to Gay Choate Keilty and Pete Keilty and other friends of Jan A. Griska, 72, of Rindge NH, who passed away on 2 Feb 2017.  Jan started with DEC in Field Service in CT. He later moved to Merrimack, where he worked in PBS (Publishing and Broadcasting). He ended his career as a Product Support Manager, his group supporting telcos using BSD and ULTRIX.  Link to full obituary.


************************** February 1, 2017 ********************************

Our condolences to the family and friends of DEC Connection member Betty J. Winberg, 91, Nashua NH. Betty had worked for Digital for 10 years and was an original Digital Retiress Assn. member (after 1990 SERP). Betty was a real go-getter and led many volunteer efforts, including co-founding the RISE program at Rivier College that provides free adult-education classes to local seniors, and work at her church. Link to full obituary.  Betty's daughter Amy Worrell can be reached for condolences at marevmd@aol.com.

************************** January 31, 2017 ********************************

From Forrest Titcomb via the Colorado Springs group: It is with sadness that I report that Allan Titcomb, badge number 618, died on January 31 after a long illness. He was an early electrical engineer and later a Senior Marketing Manager, involved with DEC 10s and 20s. Allan had many friends at DEC and will be missed. 

************************** January 16 (approx), 2017 ********************************

Our condolences to the Colorado Springs group who have lost a former friend in Kevin (KJ) Johnson, 58. Here is a quick bio about Kevin from his friend and co-worker Rick Williams: Kenneth Kevin Johnson was born on April 29, 1958. His DIGITAL/COMPAQ/HP/HPE career started in New Mexico and we were blessed to have had him in our company for over 37 years. Kevin was a man of many words. He was generous in thought, mind and spirit. I believe that is the legacy that he would love to be remembered by.

************************** January 13, 2017 ********************************

We are saddened to report that DEC Connection member, Alan J. Keiran, 87, of Longmont CO, passed away on January 13, 2017.  Alan had a military career in purchasing followed by several positions at Digital, retiring in 1992 in NH before relocating to CO.

Link to full obituary here.

************************** January 3, 2017 ********************************

Ronald Carter Ray of Midland, Texas, 78, passed away on January 3, 2017.  Ron was with the Field Service group located in CX03 for many years.  Our condolences go to his friends in the Colorado Springs group and other co-workers.  Link to full obituary here.

************************** December 31, 2016 ********************************


Condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend Carol Ann Mountfort, 76, Alamosa CO. Walt Pleimann wrote: Carol was one of our group's most outstanding contributors and a very dear  friend. She had been suffering over the prior six months and was under hospice care. Mary Perdue added that Carol worked in Accounts Payable for many, many years when we had that function at CXO.

************************** December 18, 2016 ********************************


Bill Fuller wrote in to report the passing of his friend Carroll Wright:

I am sad to report the death of Carroll Wright, 68.  Originally from Texas, he joined DEC in the Columbus Ohio office about 1973 as a software consultant.  He later transferred to corporate where he had many roles, finally ending up as a Corporate Visits manager.  He was with DEC for over 25 years, and touched many lives while at DEC.  He and his wife Charlotte retired back to New Braunfels Texas in 2012.  Link to full obituary here.

************************** December 17, 2016 ********************************


Our condolences to Brian Tierny (DEC 1972-1999), who wrote to report the sad news about the passing of his wife Deborah Swan, 61, of Spring Hill FL.  Deb worked for DEC from 1980-1995, holding various jobs in Information System Management, Helpdesk Supervisor, Operations Supervisor and System Administration. Deb helped develop and test contingency plans used for and by the Corporate purchasing group, involving hot-site locations. Brian suggests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.  Link to full obituary here.

************************** December 13, 2016 ********************************

Mary Collins reported sad news that Richard (Dick) Beaven, 80, of Sudbury MA has passed away.  Following his Army service, Dick was an electrical engineer with Digital for many years until his retirement in 2001.  He earned a patent for his work developing simulation software.  Link to full obituary here.

************************** December 12, 2016 ********************************

Condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the passing of their friend Fred (Fernando) Machado, 59, after a sudden cardiac arrest while working a Satellite Communications contract position in Germany.  He transferred to Colorado Springs with Digital Equipment in 1978. After 20 years with Digital, he worked for Stanford Telecom and ITT/Exelis. 

A Celebration of Fred's Life will be held at The Academy Hotel from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., on April 28, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.   Link to full obituary here.

************************** December 5, 2016 ********************************


We are saddened to learn of the death of Roland A. J. Belanger, Jr., 72, of Hudson MA from his wife Rachel (rrb51pine@comcast.net) and son Marc (Marc.Belanger@umassmemorial.org). Marc said that his dad started in the mill in 1969 and worked in field service, software/hardware engineering and specifically worked on boot code for the PDP-10s (tape!) before eventually moving into high performance computing, and surviving the Compaq and subsequent HP mergers. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 808, Hudson, MA 01749.   

Link to full obituary here.

************************** November 22, 2016 ********************************


Our condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend and co-worker Edna Mae McCumber, 72.  Memorial donations may be made to The Susan G. Komen Foundation for Stage IV/Metastatic Breast Cancer Research at www.komen.org.  \

Link to full obituary here.

************************** November 13, 2016 ********************************

Thanks to Joan O'Day Shanley for letting us know about the passing of her friend and co-worker Judy Crowley, 68, of Worcester MA.  Judy worked for several years in Marlboro initially managing the site's DECTemp/TAG program, and then working in Facilities as their Personnel Representative.

Link to archived obituary at the Telegram here.

************************** November 7, 2016 ********************************


Our condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend James Lee (Jim) Nicholson, 70, of Bullhead City AZ. Jim was born in Washington, Iowa, Dec 22, 1945. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam era from 1966 to 1968. After his service in the Army, he exercised his GI Bill benefit to attend technical college and obtained a position as a Field Support Engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Jim spent the next 31 years with DEC, elevating himself to the position of Principal Software Engineer. Jim was highly respected and admired by his colleagues; Jim was the "engineer's engineer", whose wisdom and common sense understanding of the technology was sought out for council on the most complex diagnostic challenges. In spite of his recognition for senior level expertise, he was always there to support and champion the less experienced interns just joining the field. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be sent to help his fellow veterans via the Disabled American Veteran (DAV) foundation@DAV.org.  

Link to full obituary here.

************************** October 26, 2016 ********************************


Rick Kunz of Poulsbo WA (formerly Methuen, Mass.) wrote to inform us of the passing of his cousin, Heinz Kunz, 75, of Zurich, Switzerland, a former DEC employee.  Heinz succumbed to injuries from complications after a fall. Rick didn't know the capacity in which he worked, but perhaps sales (knowing Heinz.) Heinz remembered his time with DEC fondly.  Rick can be reached at rick.kunz@comcast.net to express condolences.

************************** late October 2016 ********************************


Linda Gardner Crandall posted this note on the HP Connections site about the loss of her friend, Terry Retford: Last week the world lost an incredible man, my former manager at HP and a close family friend, Terry Retford, who succumbed to pancreatic and liver cancer that was just recently diagnosed. Terry was a U.K. native who spent many years in the U.S. before returning to the U.K. several years ago. Terry's career included time at Digital Equipment Corp. and Tandem computers, in Massachusetts and California, before they merged with HP. Terry was a true mentor when I was a young professional, and always treated women equally. He was one of the few people I’ve ever worked with who had both a ‘marketing brain’ and an ‘IT/engineer brain,’ a rarity. He will be missed by those who had the privilege of working with him.

************************** October 29, 2019 ********************************

Our condolences to Sandra MacKay and other friends of James Monroe Ellinger Sr., 86, of Wellesley (and Chelmsford) MA, who passed away recently. Jim was an early employee of Digital Equipment Corporation, working at several locations during his career.  Link to full obituary here.

************************** September 24, 2016 ********************************

Our condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend SMSgt. Billy Ray Lewis, 80.   Sergeant Lewis served 24 years in the United States Air Force as an Aerospace Control and Warning System Technician. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service as a crew chief in February 1972, at Quang Tri Army Combat Base in Vietnam. After serving his country, he worked at Digital Equipment Corporation as a Material Plant Manager.  There will be a memorial service on October 28th.  Link to full obituary here.

************************** September 21, 2016 ********************************


Our condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend Carole Anne Swenson Doup Hill, 75, who passed away Sept. 21, 2016.  Before she retired from Digital, Carole Anne was in Quality Control in CXO.    

Link to full obituary here.

************************** September 15, 2016 ********************************

Our member Les Figg sadly reported the death of his friend and co-worker Robert "Bob" Ambrose Brooks, 79, of Surprise AZ, after a year-long battle with cancer.  Bob was originally hired as one of six bench technicians and rose to become a Sales Regional VP for Western US, leaving Digital in 1991.

Link to full obituary here.

************************** September 5, 2016 ********************************


Our member Rolf Seichter sent in sad news about the passing of Michael Spindler, 73, who lived in the San Francisco CA area.  Michael worked at Digital in Paris in the 1960s and Munich in the early 1970s for several years, then at Intel, and in 1980 went to Apple Computer where he ran worldwide Marketing, became head of Apple Europe, and from 1993-1996 was President of Apple Computer, initially under John Scully. The PowerPC was his major success but unfortunately some failures (the Newton and Mac clones) led to his ouster in 1996.

Link to an article from lowendmac.com

************************** August 13, 2016 ********************************

DEC Connection is saddened to report the passing of our member and friend Debra Amidon, 69, of Wilmington MA.  Debra had spoken about Digital's Management Heritage at the dedication of the Ken Olsen Science Center in 2008.  Here is a link to her presentation.  She was a major contributor in Digital's Strategic Consulting Group, among other organizations. Debra was Founder and CEO of ENTOVATION International Ltd, a network across 62 countries of experts in innovation strategy and the Knowledge Economy.  She had authored several books, including The Innovation SuperHighway.  Memorial contributions may be made to MaryMac Missions, 202 Haverhill Road, Topsfield MA 01983.  Link to full obituary here.

************************** August 9, 2016 ********************************


Our condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend John Fish, 89, who was an engineering lab manager in CXO.    Link to full obituary here.

************************** July 30, 2016 ********************************

Reader Rick Hummers sent in sad news about the loss of his friend,

Daniel J. Daigneault, 62, of Groton MA. Dan worked at Digital for 30 years in IT, first in Corporate and then for Printer and Video Engineering.  Dan's wife Sandra is also an ex-DECcie in IT and our condolences go out to her as well. Memorial contributions in Dan’s name may be made to the Kidney Cancer Foundation or The National Kidney Foundation.

Link to full obituary here.

************************** 29 July, 2016 ********************************

Our condolences to the Phoenix AZ group and other friends of Arthur J. Granfors, 88, of Fryeburg ME.  Art was in Purchasing at Digital for 11 years. Thank you to Ray Sullivan and Galen Davis for this report; Ray explained that Art was key in getting the New Products Purchasing Group formed in 1977, which resulted in his getting hired into DEC to work in support of his Peripherals Engineers creating the LA180 and LA34 printers. Link to full obituary here.

************************** July 13, 2016 ********************************

Former DECcie Ann Hurd wrote us to report the passing of her husband, John C. Rodenhiser, Jr., 76, Bolton MA, on July 13th.  John joined DEC in 1964 and retired after a 40 year career with DEC/Compaq/HP in 2004.  John and Ann met in early 1982, within the first few weeks Ann was at Digital; she'd been asked by Andy  Knowles to "get Rodenhiser to do a leader board for the Marlborough PGA Senior Tour Golf Classic".  They started dating in 2000 after Ann went to Intel, and married in 2001. John had a number of sales support and engineering positions in the Mill, Marlboro, Landover MD including starting the Alpha benchmark centers and the last being manager of the Littleton MA customer demo center. Link to full obituary here.

************************** July 13, 2016 ********************************

Son Dustin sent in sad news about the passing of his father, Donald R. Metz, of Pittsburgh PA, adding: My father loved working for Digital. Growing up, I remember the pride he took when he would talk about the projects he worked on and the people that he had worked with. He held multiple patents in computer design. When we had lived in Massachusetts, my bedroom doubled as the computer room. There were many a night that I would lie awake watching my father work on our Rainbow 100 computer.  He always had a look of determination with a smile. It was his passion and pride that made me decide to work in the technology field. Thank you for having a website that allows some of the coolest and smartest people I have ever known to stay in touch. Dustin Metz      Link to full obituary here.

************************** July 5, 2016 ********************************

Jerry Bernath wrote in to share the sad news that Andy Powderly, 85, of Danbury CT, passed away on July 5th.  Andy enjoyed a successful career in Sales, retiring from Digital Equipment in 1992 as the Director of Digital Equipment Computer Users' Society.      Link to full obituary here.

************************** June 16, 2016 ********************************

We are sad to learn from two of our members, Eileen DerGurahian and Ted Sares, of the passing of Ronald Curtis Glover, Esq., 64, Framingham MA, who worked in the Legal Department at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he was Corporate Legal Counsel, and was promoted to HR, later holding a variety of HR management and executive positions. Ron served as Vice President, HR, Global IT Outsourcing at Compaq Computer after Compaq acquired Digital.  He had retired from his last executive position, at IBM, in 2014. Link to full obituary here.

************************** June 16, 2016 ********************************

Carmon Cunningham, 62, of Newton MA passed away unexpectedly on 16 June.  Our condolences to his family, friends and former co-workers. 

Link to full obituary here.

************************** June 8, 2016 ********************************

DEC Connection member Frans Vandermolen wrote to tell us sad news that friend Sherry Umina of Grantsville, Utah, passed away on June 8, 2016.  She joined DEC in 1980 and left in 1995, an contributed as a technical and product marketing manager.  She passed away after a short illness battling bladder cancer. She was 67 years old.  

************************** June 4, 2016 ********************************


DEC Connection member Anker Berg-Sonne wrote in with sad news about his friend and co-worker, Rim Keris from DEC's South Pacific Regional headquarters in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Rim passed away after a battle with cancer on June 4th. Rim spent two years in Marlboro in the EDU product line. On his return to Australia he orchestrated Anker's temporary relocation to there from 1983 to 1985.

************************** May 26, 2016 ********************************

Our condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend Janice Ann (Passehl) Cimono, 71, who passed away on May 26th. Jan  worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for 17 years and then went to work for Plasmon Corporation.  Link to full obituary.

************************** May 25, 2016 ********************************

Our condolences to friends and family of Laura Elizabeth Melling, 69, of Spring Hill, Tennessee. Laura had held a variety of admin jobs in Merrimack in the 1980s. She was also the widow of Wes Melling, who had been with Digital in the 1980s and again in the 1990s. For memorial contributions, please donate to Both Hands (https://bothhands.org).

Link to full obituary here.

Lou Greer (DEC 1980-1993) wrote in January 2017 to commemorate the lives and contributions of Wes and Laura Melling: Wes Melling and I lost touch after being the closest of friends for 25 years.  Wesley P. Melling passed away on November 24, 2005 at age 67.  His wife Laura, also a DEC employee, lost her battle with cancer in 2016 at 69 years of age.  She was living in Nashville TN.  Wes and Laura were very special folks; both are missed by many of us.  lougreer797@cs.com

************************** May 1, 2016 ********************************

We have learned the tragic news that Ann H. Ressijac, 63, Ayer MA, has been killed in a car accident.

Most recently Ann had worked as a business development manager for Prosci Change Management Corporation based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Previously, she had held similar positions at Digital Equipment Corporation in Burlington and BMGI Corporation in Denver, Colorado.  Link to full obituary.

************************** April 21, 2016 ********************************


Our member Clem Cole reports that Roger S. Gourd, 77, has passed away:

For the ex-DECies, I heard yesterday that Roger Gourd has died; rsg (aka Fossil) was the probably the best SW engineering manager the industry ever produced. His legacy is amazing. In the mid 1970s, he was Dave Cutler's boss during the "Vax SW" project ­ which would become VMS. He would leave DEC to run the SW division at Gould and come back to Boston to be the head of SW at Masscomp. He was eventually the VP of Engineering at OSF, which I believe was his last rodeo before he retired to Florida to raise orchids. Many of us that were in the business learned a great deal from him and have modeled much of our style and methods from him.
He died April 21, 2016 in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. He had been sick the past few years, suffering from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's and diabetes ­ which is a nasty combination. As our friend and co-worker Jack Burness put it: "I'll remember Roger as a vibrant, strong person." I suggest he was one of kind. He had a wonderful, albeit sometime a little warped (non-PC), sense of humor. He was demanding but also dedicated to his people and would ensure that "upper management" got it. He understood peopled truly treated us all the same. He helped us bring out our best in all we did.
The last time many of us saw him was 2010 in Boston. Jack had come to Boston that summer and a number of us got together with Roger and wife Sally at their condo in Beacon Hill. At that time, he was still the same Roger we all knew and loved. Many of us will miss him. Sadly, the industry lost a great person.

************************** April 14, 2016 ********************************

Member Alex Tellert sent in sad news of the passing of E. Lisa (Caballero) Brown, 66, of Harvard MA.  Lisa worked at Digital in the marketing community.  The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) or to Save The Children (www.savethechildren.org).   Link to full obituary.

************************** April 3, 2016 ********************************


Sadly we have learned from Walt Pleimann and Mary Perdue that Jack McCauley, 74, Naples FL passed away on 3 April 2016.   Jack was part of the Financial Management Center in the early 90's.

It is with deep sorrow that I must inform you that Jack McCauley died on April 3 in Naples, Fla. Jack was a dear friend of mine and we talked often. A very sweet and dear man who was a true gentleman. Jack had a heart attack in late March and had a triple by-pass. Complications arose and the doctors could not save him. He was born in 1941 and was 74 years old. Please send this out to your contact list and keep his wife Anna in your prayers.

************************** March 30, 2016 ********************************

Sherry Thompson Giordano wrote to inform us of sad news that our member Rita Foley, 63, has passed away after a long battle with cancer.  Rita was a sales manager at Digital and we featured her in an Entrepreneur profile in January 2012 in conjunction with her book "Reboot Your Life" and the resultant business consultancy.

Full obituary: Rita Foley, 63, died peacefully at her home in Manhattan, after a long battle with cancer. A former executive at Digital Equipment and MeadWestvaco, she served on the boards of PetSmart Ltd., the dresser Rand Group, Pro Mujer and The Healthcare Chaplaincy. She was also an author, photographer, and co-founder of ReBoot Partners. Rita is survived by her sister Patricia Di Silvio, her brother Michael Foley, her sons Michael and Nathaniel Buckley, and their father Peter Buckley. Donations to Calvary Hospice and The Healthcare Chaplaincy.        Published in The New York Times on Apr. 1, 2016

************************** March 26, 2016 ********************************

Alice Tiennette Zenon-Loggins ("Dancie"), 59, passed away on March 26, 2016 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO. Alice passed away after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer surrounded with love and family.
Alice was born on July 14, 1956 in Colorado Springs, CO. She was the youngest child of Elious Zenon Sr. and Gloria Zenon (Collins). Alice spent many years at Digital Equipment Corporation. Alice was most proud of her wedding business, Heaven's Touch, where she made beautiful flowers, cakes and wedding décor. Alice was united in Holy Matrimony to Eli Loggins Jr. on March 20, 1987 in Colorado Springs, CO.  Full obituary at this link.

************************** March 23, 2016 ********************************


Kevin James sent in the following sad news: Dale J. Roberts, 61, Chandler AZ, was a DECie in the Field Services and Networking services group out of TFO and PHX. Later with Compaq and HP. He was well known and liked in the Phoenix Field organization. The Roberts family suggests that memorial donations be made to the “AWANA Children’s Program” at Tri-City Baptist Church, 2211 W Germann Rd., Chandler, AZ 85286. (480) 245-7900 for questions.

************************** February 23, 2016 ********************************

Jim Higgins sent in this sad news: I am very sorry to report that Glenn Foley, 65, Marlborough MA passed away on 2/23/16. He was in Field Service.  He was such a good person and a very competent technician - with many friends. Glenn was a good friend and of great assistance to MESPA, where he served as technical coordinator for 20 years. May he rest in peace.    

************************** February 21, 2016 ********************************

Mary Piehler, Digital/Compaq 1984-2001, wrote: Passing on sad information on the passing of our former District Manager in Upstate NY, Gino J. Berno. Many DECcies will remember Gino from various assignments in Canada prior to moving to the U.S. in 1983.
Berno, Gino J., Macedon NY, formerly of Pittsford, NY. February 21, 2016. Survived by loving wife of 46 years, Bonnie; his children, Christopher Berno, Renata Finger, Melissa (Robert) Deignan, Nicholas (Erin) Berno; 10 grandchildren; sister, Gloria (Mario) Cherubin.  In lieu of flowers please consider donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Obituary link

************************** February 20, 2016 ********************************


Frank Ignachuck sent in the sad news of the passing of Paul V. McGovern, 77, of Ithaca, NY.  A native New Englander, he and his late wife, Lynne McGovern (Hamilton), had called Pepperell, MA, Chandler, AZ and Ithaca, NY their home over their many years together. Paul, a Vietnam Marine Veteran, was a corporate helicopter pilot and a logistics executive for Digital Equipment Corporation and Cypress Climax Corporation.  Frank relates that Paul was, in fact, Digital's first helicopter pilot.

Link to obituary.

*************************** February 17, 2016 ********************************

Our condolences to friends and family of Lupe Jimenez Porter, 89, of the DEC Arizona group based in Phoenix. 

Galen Davis sent in the sad news: Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Lupe Porter this morning. Best known to us as the facility nurse at DEC Union Hills, she was a special caregiver with a big heart and friendly smile. Read her life story and interesting nursing career here: Link to obituary.

*************************** January 31, 2016 ********************************

Our condolences to friends and family of DEC Connection member (Marion) Jean Neal, 86, of North Chelmsford MA, who passed away unexpectedly this past weekend. Donations in her memory may be made to Central Congregational Church, UCC, One Worthen Street, Chelmsford MA 01824.

Link to obituary.

************************** January 29, 2016 ********************************

Our member Lou Rubino sent in sad news of the death of his friend, Russell Harvey Johnson, 68, of Mansfield MA.  Russ started out in Human Resources as the College Relations Manager for Manufacturing/Engineering. Eventually became the Corporate Employment Manager and then became a VP HR for a number of HR functions. He spent over 20 years at Digital. He then became a VP in HR for Compaq before leaving to go to Fidelity Investments in Boston as a VP HR.  Our condolences to Lou and Russ' other friends, family, and co-workers.

 Link to full obituary.

************************** January 26, 2016 ********************************

We are saddened to learn the tragic news that a long-time member of the Colorado Springs team, Mike English, 54, died this week in a diving accident in the Cayman Islands.  Mike and his wife were there to celebrate their 30th anniversary. 

Mike's friend Don Geoffroy (don.geoffroy@gmail.com) wrote: Mike was a DEC CXO employee from 1981 until Quantum purchased the Storage Business in 1994. He was sponsored by DEC when he and his brother were training at the Olympic Training Center as members of the shooting team. Mike was a well-respected and loved individual, holding many positions ranging from individual contributor to senior operations management roles before leaving Quantum in 2004 to take a senior position at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, and ultimately becoming the Chief of Sports Performance, overseeing all OTC facilities in the country.  Memorial contributions may be made to the pending Mike English Memorial Foundation with a mission to directly support athletes pursuing their dream or the Mule Deer Foundation.    Link to obituary.

************************** January 23, 2016 ********************************

Condolences to friends of Cynthia (Cindy) Bishop Beach, 60, of New Braunfels TX, who passed away on January 23, 2016.  Cindy worked in trade shows and exhibits at Digital.  Memorial donations are encouraged to: Crisis Center of Comal County, 830-620-4357, www.ccccnbtx.org and The Sophienburg Museum and Archives, 830-629-1572, www.sophienburg.com.

Link to obituary.

************************** January 5, 2016 ********************************


Sent in by our member Sue Yarger: Condolences to friends of Bill (William Joseph) Sconce, 72, of Lyndeborough NH, who passed away on 5 Jan 2016 from a cerebral hemorrhage.  Bill and his wife Janet moved to NH in 1979 for Bill to graduate from being Symposium Coordinator for DECUS to assume the position of Product Manager for the RSTS Group at Digital Equipment Corporation. Bill worked for and was laid off from DEC, Compaq, and Hewlett Packard, at which point he revived his corporation, named it In Spec, Inc. and divided his time between software engineering and flight instruction. Bill was a devoted supporter of GPL and "free" Linux software and the Python programming language.  Link to obituary.

************************** December 30, 2015 ********************************

Condolences to her friends in Colorado Springs on the passing of (Charlene) Sue Dvorak, 1940-2015, in Garland TX.

Sue was born and raised in Colorado and worked for Digital in Colorado Springs.

Link to obituary.  Memorial donations: UT Southwestern or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Condolences may be expressed to her family via son Perry at perry.dvorak@oracle.com.

************************** December 22, 2015 ********************************

Our condolences to former Digital employee Dave Power on the death of his brother, Gerald T. Power, 61, Clinton and formerly Maynard MA.  Gerry worked in Facilities at a few Digital facilities.  Sadly, Dave recently lost his mother Sheila, another former Digital employee (obituary below), in September.

Link to obituary.

**************************  December 17, 2015 ********************************

Jim Battles reported the sad news that Joseph J. Bilello, Gulf Breeze FL, passed 17 December 2015. He was 82 years old. He supported the field service engineers at Pensacola, Mobile and Dothan, Alabama, as well as Panama City, Florida.  Our condolences to his friends and family.

************************** December 11, 2015 ********************************

Frank Digilio, 84, Sandwich MA, passed away on December 11, 2015. He started his career working at various tech firms in the Northeast and eventually ended up at Digital Equipment Corporation in 1977 where he held increasingly important positions of responsibility, which culminated in his position at DEC as the Engineering Manager of the Electro Mechanical Design Engineering Group. During his career he was also awarded several patents for dot-matrix printer devices. He retired from DEC in 1992.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Frank's memory can be made to American Cancer Society , P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Link to obituary.   Galen Davis wrote: Sad to report the passing of Frank Digilio on 12/11/15 at age 84. We remember the good times with Frank and his team from Maynard Printer Engineering. He was ""one of a kind" and avid supporter of our new product introductions and sustaining engineering in Phoenix. He might be re-engineering the Golden Gates at this time to improve the MTBF. God Bless Frank for a job "well done!"

************************** December 2, 2015 ********************************

Denis Reynolds Camp, 71, from the Colorado Springs group, has passed away. The majority of his professional career was spent as a Call Center Manager for IBM and later Digital Equipment Corporation. Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675   Link to obituary.

************************** November 18, 2015 ********************************

Dick (Richard Edward) Flutie, 76, Natick MA, passed away on November 18, 2015. Dick, an engineer, and wife Joan were the parents of football star Doug Flutie, and when Doug won the Heisman Trophy, Dick proudly displayed it in his Digital Northboro office.

Dick Flutie died of a heart attack while in the hospital.  Within 30 minutes, Joan Flutie died following a sudden heart attack. The two had been married for 56 years. "They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it," Doug Flutie wrote on Facebook.   Link to obituary.

************************** November 1, 2015 ********************************

  Our condolences to family and friends of David Plumer, who was one of Digital's first employees and worked at DEC for 30 years. David was recruited shortly before his graduation from MIT.  According to his sister Ellen Bollen, David was a "Good Will Ambassador" (sales and trouble shooting) for DEC around the world.  Here is Ellen's testimonial to her brother Dave.

************************** October 11, 2015 ********************************

Jewel M. Slaton, 92, of Ayer MA, passed away on 10/11/15.  Mr. Slaton had a distinguished 25-year U.S. Army career, joined Digital and retired from Digital in 1988.  Link to obituary.

Submitted by Mary Collins, ex-DECcie and editor of the Shirley Volunteer.

*************************October 7, 2015 ********************************

Ann (Smithson) Jenkins, 69, Westford MA, passed away on October 7, 2015.  Born in Batley, England, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Edna Smithson. Ann was educated in England and attended the Fox School of Commerce. She moved to the United States in 1966 and became a citizen. Until her retirement, she spent the majority of her professional career as the Executive Assistant to the Founder and CEO of Digital Equipment Corporation of Maynard, MA.  After retiring she volunteered at Emerson Hospital, among other activities.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.

Link to obituary.

************************** September 19, 2015 ********************************


Wendy Anne Frey Caswell (Nov. 27, 1957 - Sep. 19, 2015) has passed away.  Wendy was a hardworking, successful business woman. During her time at Digital, Compaq and Zink her hard work, dedication and drive was always evident.  For memorial donations, please donate in the name of Wendy Frey to AIDS Action Committee, c/o Lauren Little, 75 Amory Street, Boston, MA 02119.  Link to obituary.

************************** September 15, 2015 ********************************

Phyllis J. (Holmes) DeVarney, 65, of Shirley MA, died on 9/15/15.  Link to obituary.

Submitted by Mary Collins, ex-DECcie and editor of the Shirley Volunteer.

************************** September 10, 2015 ********************************


George Bourbeau, 76, of Colorado Springs CO passed away on 9/10/2015. He was surrounded by all his family as his battle with cancer came to an end. He was part of the original crew when Digital was started, badge number 681, he started with Digital right out of school drafting documents when it was with a drafting table and a pencil and left just before the move to Compaq. As he always said, "I left when the package was an actual incentive to retire/leave and do something different." He is off to his next adventure.  Submitted by Sue (Bourbeau) Scott, sue.scott@hpe.com

************************** September 4, 2015 ********************************

Our condolences to former Digital employee Dave Power on the death of his mother, Sheila Jackman Power, 86, March 19, 1929 - September 4, 2015, of Maynard MA.  Sheila worked for Digital in the Mill Copy Center from 1979 to the closure of Digital.   

Link to full obituary.

************************** September 2, 2015 ********************************

Mary Linsday Powers, 64, died September 2, 2015 in Colorado Springs. She was employed most recently at Hewlett Packard Company, Oracle Corporation and had worked several years for Digital Equipment Corporation and Holly Sugar Corporation. She was a resident of Colorado Springs since 1976.  Memorial contributions can be made in Ms. Powers name to Pikes Peak Hospice.

**************************Sept. 1, 2015 ********************************

We are sad to report the passing of Winston R. "Win" Hindle, Jr., 84, of Concord MA, our beloved Digital COO and DEC Connection Member.  (Sept 7, 1930 - Sept 1, 2015).   Link to full obituary.

Win gave a short talk about Ken's leadership, values, and management principles at the opening of the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College in Sept. 2008 that we have recorded on our website.  Link to event page. 

Link to video of Win's 13-minute talk.    Link to tribute note from Marcia Russell.

************************** August 31, 2015 ********************************

Our condolences to friends of Norm (Normand Peter) Frisette, who passed away at home on August 31, 2015 after a 6 month battle with Multiple Myeloma. Norm moved to Colorado Springs in 1978, and worked as a Technical Writer for Digital Equipment Corporation for 23 years. Donations in Normand's name may be made to Pikes Peak Hospice or Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs.

Link to obituary.

**************************August 18, 2015 ********************************

Nancy C. Oviatt (Goodman) of Louisville, CO died Tuesday, August 18, 2015. She was 67.  Nancy worked at Digital in Colorado Springs.  Our condolences to her friends.


Link to obituary.

************************** August 7, 2015 ********************************


We are saddened to learn from his son Eddy that DEC Connection member Bud (Hilton G.) LaCure, 78, Sudbury MA, has passed away following a long illness.  Bud worked for Digital for 20 years in Educational Services and was proud to have won their Instructor Excellence Award for all 10 years of its existence.  Bud was a Digital retiree.

Link to obituary.    Bud's wife Deanna and son Eddy can be reached at deannalacure@gmail.com for condolences.

************************** August 3, 2015 ********************************

Deborah Ann (Wolejko) Houston, 56, of Lunenberg MA passed away August 3, 2015.  Debbie worked in software development and quality assurance for Computervision, NEC, Apollo Computer, Digital and Racal Interlan.

Link to obituary.   Submitted by Mary Collins.

**************************July 14, 2015 ********************************

We are saddened to report that we learned from his family that DEC Connection member John B. Wyatt, Jr. of Chapel Hill NC passed away from cancer at the age of 70.  They sent us a Digital-specific obituary for their dad:

In the early, heady days of DEC, John Wyatt left his job doing night backups for a bank in Newark NJ, and came to work at the Mill in Maynard MA. It was 1966 and DEC was only 9 years old. He was given badge number 2209. John worked first as a programmer, and then went on the road as a salesman. He worked in the Maryland/DC office selling to the government and their contractors. He moved to the Research Triangle in North Carolina sold to the universities and research facilities. He went to Charlotte addressing the financial business there. Finally, he went back to his home state of New Jersey and worked out of the Princeton office.

John was a graduate of Morristown School, Morristown NJ and attended Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. He was a member of the New Jersey and the Massachusetts National Guards. He loved golf and UNC basketball, often attending games with his son.  He was born on 2/4/1945 and died of cancer on 7/14/2015.  His children can be reached at emails:

Elizabeth Killian liz_9932@hotmail.com and John Wyatt jbwyatt@gmail.com

**************************July 6, 2015 ********************************

Condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the passing of their friend, Dick (Richard Edward) Miller, 87.  He was a Colorado Springs resident for 37 years. Richard graduated from MIT Boston, was a WWII US Navy Veteran, and managed Mechanical Engineering for Digital Equipment Corporation. He was proud to be part of the team who put our first man on the moon.

Link to obituary.

**************************June 10, 2015 ********************************

Gay Choate Keilty reported the passing of her co-worker, Jo Anne Falco, 63, of Merrimack NH. Jo Anne Falco worked for DEC from the mid-1970s through 2000. She worked in several locations, including Palo Alto, California, along with Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Jo Anne worked in VMS Engineering, and in ULTRIX Engineering (work stations). She was born on October 18, 1951, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Warsewicz) Falco, and died June 10, 2015, at her home in Merrimack, NH. Link to obituary.

**************************June 5, 2015 ********************************


Mary Collins and Madeleine Kenn sent in the sad news that Allen B. Forgues, 67, of Monson MA has passed away.  Allen was a buyer while at Digital.


Link to obituary.


**************************June 4, 2015 ********************************

We are greatly saddened to report the loss of former Digital executive Dick Poulsen, 80, of Clearwater Beach FL and Canada.  Dick earned his degree from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Canada and joined a then very young company, Digital Equipment Corporation, as its Canadian sales manager. Dick ultimately led as many as 50,000 employees and contributed nearly a third of Digital's $14 billion in sales through its Field Service Organization and its regional divisions of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and General International Area (GIA). As head of Digital's GIA through the 1980s, Dick established Digital entities and partnerships in countries all around the world contributing firsthand in Digital becoming one of America's biggest and most profitable companies in the late 1980s.

Link to obituary.     Dick's son Chris can be reached at chris@teampoulsen.com


**************************May 30, 2015 ********************************

We are sad to report that DEC Connection charter member Betty (Elizabeth) Connor, 84, of Charlton MA has passed away.  She was employed by Sprague, Mostek and moved with DEC to the Hudson facility when it was opened. She took early retirement in May of 1992 two months before Margaret Stashluk, her daughter, joined DEC. Betty was a senior quality supervisor.


Margaret is also a DEC Connection member, and can be reached at stashluk@comcast.net

Link to obituary.


**************************May 21, 2015 ********************************


Phylis Elizabeth Garrepy, 88, died on May 21 in Leominster MA.  For 12 years she worked as a prototype technician at Digital in Maynard MA and Salem NH, retiring in 1988.   Memorial donations may be made in memory of Mrs. Garrepy to the Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Rd., Shirley MA 01464.  Contributed by ex-DECcie Mary Collins of The Shirley Volunteer.

**************************May 20, 2015 ********************************

Our sincere condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the loss of their friend and co-worker, Jerry Vanderwaall (Snakeman), 68. Jerry worked for Digital, Hewlett-Packard, and L3 Communications as an electronic technician on several top notch projects and government contracts. Memorial donations in Jerry's name to The Heart Foundation, (818) 865-1100, http://www.theheartfoundation.org and/or to your local Humane Society.    Link to obituary.

**************************May 17, 2015 ********************************


Tsuruno Slaton died May 17 in Ayer MA.  Yuri  was born in Japan, on May 18, 1923 and lived in the US since 1952.

She worked as an inspector for several years at Digital in Maynard prior to her retirement in 1990.

 Contributed by ex-DECcie Mary Collins of The Shirley Volunteer.

**************************May 14, 2015 ********************************

From Jerry Loporto via Pat Molloy: We are sad to report that Paul Chambers, 75, of West Boylston MA has passed away. Paul had a successful career as a Human Resources Executive at DEC and Boston Scientific.  Paul was a wonderful person who touched many of us. He was one of the early Digital hires having a badge number in the 700's and he played a prominent role in the success and growth of the General International Area (GIA). Paul was a mentor and played a very positive influence on my and many others careers. He will be missed!

 If you would like to send your condolences to Marilyn and Paul's family, Marilyn's e-mail address is: pinearden@charter.net
Link to obituary.  The family requests that donations be made in his memory to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or at www.jimmyfund.org.

**************************May 1, 2015 ********************************

  We are sad to report that DEC Connection member Clement G. (Clem) O'Brien, Jr., 73, of North Fort Meyers FL and Newburyport MA, passed away after a brief illness. Clem worked at Digital in A&SG and GIA for many years.

Clem's family requests that donations may be made to Hope Hospice at Shell Point in recognition of the outstanding care they provide at Hope Hospice at Shell Point: 15071 Shell Point Boulevard, Fort Myers FL 33908.  Link to obituary.

**************************April 30, 2015 ********************************


Our condolences to friends and family of Captain Bob Decker (Robert James Decker), of Key West FL, 12/22/37-04/30/15, who passed away following an 8-year battle with cancer.   His wife Fran fprjdecker@aol.com has sent us a lengthy but delightful obituary which tells Bob's story of high tech and sailing in a most unique style.  Click here to link to her full writeup of their adventures. Memorial donations may be sent to the MARC House, the SPCA or VNA/Hospice of the Florida Keys. 

***************************April 21, 2015 ********************************

Our condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the passing of their colleague, (Lewis Randolph) Randy Vance.     Randy attended Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, and Kemper Military School and College in Boonville, Missouri. He excelled in sports all through grade school, high school, and college. Randy served honorably in the Air Force during the Vietnam Era from 1968-1972. During his career, Randy worked as a chemist for the City of Colorado Springs and as an engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation and at Ingersoll Rand Corporation.

Link to full obituary here.

***************************April 18, 2015 ********************************


Mark Silverberg sent in the sad news that William C. (Bill) Blake died unexpectedly from massive heart failure on April 18th.  As a consummate engineer, Bill's ambition was to create computing tools that would make life on this planet better. His career spanned the technologies of high-performance computing, parallel systems, data analytics, compiler development and software, semiconductor technologies, and artificial intelligence. In addition to his recent position at D-Wave Systems, Bill's roles throughout his career included Chief Technology Officer & Senior VP at Cray Inc.; General Manager, Parallel Computing Platforms, Microsoft Corporation; President & CEO Interactive Supercomputing, Inc.; Senior VP Product Development, Netezza Corporation; and Vice President, High-Performance Technical Computing, Compaq Computer Corporation. Bill also held several leadership positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, including Alpha Systems product development and significant successes with smaller teams and customer collaborations early in his career.  Donations in Bill's memory may be made to The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037.  Link to full obituary here.

***************************April 4, 2015 ********************************


Our condolences to the Colorado Springs group on the passing of their colleague, Mark Eager.  Mark received an Associates degree from The Ohio Institute of Technology in Columbus Ohio and relocated to Colorado Springs in the late seventies. He was employed with Digital as a computer technician. Later he worked in the building and repairing of computers.  Link to full obituary here.

***************************March 18, 2015 ********************************

Barb Finer sent in the sad news that Dale C. Troppito succumbed to colon cancer on March 18th. Dale was a leading entrepreneur in technology and healthcare systems management consulting. She was also a groundbreaker in the advancement of women in the high tech industry. Dale had worked in Engineering at Digital in the 1980s and continued her career as a technical manager and computing consultant at Lotus, Wang, and The Gantry Group.

Link to full obituary here.

***************************March 8, 2015 ********************************

Our condolences to friends of Patricia Merrilyn Fuller, 72, Marlboro MA, who died on March 8.  Patti worked as Executive Secretary at Digital for over 15 years and earned her Masters degree in Marketing during the 1980s.

Sent in by ex-DECcie Mary Collins, editor of the Lunenberg Ledger.


Link to full obituary here.

 ***************************March 2, 2015 ********************************

We are sad to report the passing of Percy Glenn Jackson, recently of Atlanta GA, but worked at Digital in Colorado Springs.  Mr. Jackson was a US Army and Vietnam War veteran who earned a BS degree from Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA in 1970 and a Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in 1999. His professional career included tenures with Proctor & Gamble and Digital Equipment /Quantum Corporation. Mr. Jackson also utilized his law degree in the Colorado Springs practice he shared with his late former wife, Donita Rolle-Jackson.  Condolences may be sent to The Jackson Family, c/o Richardsons Funeral Home, 501 N.W. Central Avenue, Amite, LA 70422.

Link to full obituary here.

***************************January 17, 2015 ********************************

Joanne Jacobs sent in "sad information about a great guy, Jack Gilmore, who recently passed away on Cape Cod. I think the article certainly summarizes an amazing career before, during and even after his work at Digital! May he rest in peace!"  Some excerpts:

The highlight of his career was working as a system programmer for the MIT Project Whirlwind Mathematics Group, from 1950 to 1952. Jack wrote the first Assembly Program along with a variety of utility programs. This was the first software ever invented for commercial use and was used by air traffic controllers.  As a member of the Advanced Computer Research Group at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Computer Research Group from 1956 to 1959, Jack wrote the first personal computer operating system called "The TX-0 Direct Input Utility System" and was the logical designer of one of the first on line work stations called the MIT Lincoln Writer.

From 1974 to 1992, Jack served on the staff of Digital Equipment Corporation in various managerial and technical roles in their Office Automation efforts. He designed Digital's Gold Key Word Processing user interface in 1975, became Product Group Manager for Word Processing Systems and later as Technical Manager for the Engineering Group which produced Digital’s Electronic Mail and All-in-One Office Automation System. His last assignment was Director of Comparative Analysis before his retirement in 1992 to return to the consulting field  Jack is the sole inventor of two patents, one for Digital Equipment.    Link to full obituary here.

*************************** January 13, 2015 ********************************


We are sad to report the passing of Jon Raphaelson, 60, of Worcester MA. Before running his own consulting business, Jon was a course designer and instructor for Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq and HP.

Link to full obituary here.

*************************** December 28, 2014 ********************************

 We are sad to report the passing of Ingeborg Hill, 78, of Colorado Springs CO.  Inge worked as a document control specialist for over 25 years with Digital and Quantum computer companies. Link to full obituary here.

*************************** December 12, 2014 ********************************


Our member Jackie Awerman sadly reports the passing of her friend and mentor, E. Trent Abel, Oakland CA.  Trent (and Jackie) worked as recruiters in Human Resources in Maynard and Phoenix.  Jackie suggests that memorial contributions in Trent's memory be made to the Kidney Foundation.

************************** November 12, 2014 ********************************


Jack Burness sent in the sad news that George Wendel Berry, 69, died unexpectedly after suffering cardiac arrest.  Jack said: George Berry was a Dec-ie from 1969 until the 80s. As well as being a really nice guy, he had a very interesting life. A lot of people knew him.  Born in Dayton OH, George enjoyed an idyllic and full childhood that included the nurturing of early interests in classical music and chess. George was a member of the Dartmouth College class of 1966, where he majored in Mathematics under the tutelage of Dr. John Kemeny (co-creator of BASIC). Following graduation and service in the United States Army, George began a lifelong relationship with computers, working for Digital Equipment Corporation as a Consulting Engineer until he retired in 1986 and began devoting his life to other interests and pursuits.  Link to full obituary here.

*************************** November 10, 2014 ********************************

Jeanne Dietel sent in the sad news that Bob (Robert F.) Trocchi, 81, of Sudbury MA has passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.  Bob led the Education Computer Systems Product/Industry Group for many years.  Bob joined Digital in 1972. One of his major accomplishments during his 22 years at Digital was initiating Digital's entry into China, where an office was opened and scores of universities were exposed to Digital's products. He also initiated a grant program in the U.S. that implemented computer networking on 12 college campuses. Bob stayed in touch with a large number of colleagues from the EDU group. Early in the 2000's he was the primary organizer of a reunion that brought a large group of them from wide and afar for a revival of old friendships and happy memories.

 Complete obituary and funeral service information (Nov 13-14) are at this link.

*************************** October 15, 2014 ********************************


The Colorado Springs group reports that Marsha Bates passed away after a 3-year battle with ovarian cancer. Marsha was a long time DEC employee (4 digit badge number), starting in the field offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, then moving to the Phoenix office, and finally moving up to Colorado Springs with me where she worked at DEC for many years before retiring. Condolences may be emailed to husband Ken Bates, at macbates@me.com  Memorial donations welcome to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund in Wellesley Hills, MA or the Ovarian Cancer Fund in New York, NY.


*************************** October 4, 2014 ********************************

We are saddened to report that Stanley S. Tabol, 91, of Framingham MA, a Digital retiree since 1989, passed away on October 4, 2014 from Parkinson's Disease.  Stan retired in the original SERP and was a member of the Digital Retirees Association which became DEC Connection. 

Link to full obituary here.


*************************** September 30, 2014 ********************************

The Colorado Springs group reports that Stuart Glenn Tramell, 70, a DECcie for 30 years, has passed away after a long illness.  Our condolences to his family and friends. Link to full obituary here.

**************************** September 30, 2014 ********************************

We are saddened to learn of the death of Frank Westley Bowden (18 Oct 1936 - 30 Sep 2014).   After working on the Apollo Space Program at NASA during the1960s, Frank joined HP as a systems analyst in Atlanta and then moved into their sales division.  He joined DEC in 1973 and was a Sales Unit Manager in NJ, a District Manager in Charlotte NC, and Vice President of the South Central Area (Dallas) when he left DEC in 1994. I had the good fortune of working with Frank as his HR Manager when I transferred to Dallas in 1991, and being his friend since then. I will miss him.  Posted on LinkedIn in Digital Sales Alumni group by Richard Stahli. Link to full obituary here.

**************************** September 28, 2014 ********************************

 We are saddened to report the death of James D. (Jim) Pitts, III,  72, Amherst MA. In 1964, Jim embarked on a 29-year career with the Digital Equipment Corporation of Maynard, working his way up from programmer to senior sales manager, retiring in 1993.   Link to full obituary here.   Jim Hughes wrote:  Jim Pitts had a number of roles, but I think one of his most influential was when he ran the Boston Metro Sales District. When I first joined Digital, my brother told me about the District Managers on his team in the Northeast Region. He described Jim as the one that had the most compassion for the people and that Bob could count on him to make sure everyone understood the impact of their decisions on the people in the Northeast. He was a great guy, and we lost him way too soon.

****************************September 6, 2014 ********************************


Marilyn Goodrich wrote in with the sad news that Sarah M. Martel, age 81, Sudbury MA, died of lung cancer on September 6.  Sarah worked at Digital for 20 years until her retirement in 1992.   Link to full obituary here.

**************************** August 31, 2014 ********************************

From Ed Jaferian via Joanne Jacobs: We are greatly saddened to report the death of Ted Johnson (Theodore G.), 82, on August 31. Ted had been ill for 2 weeks after having gone into respiratory failure as a result of aspirating fluid into his lungs. He was sent to Martha's Vineyard hospital and then moved to Providence where his condition did not really improve and could not swallow. Based on the prognosis they made the decision to return him home. He went home on Friday and passed peacefully yesterday, Sunday.

Ted Johnson was an electrical engineer from Cal Tech with an MBA from Harvard. He spent most of his 25 years with Digital as the Sr. VP of Sales and Service worldwide, starting the company as the 10th employee and first sales engineer.    

Click here for full obituary. 

**************************** August 22, 2014 ********************************

We are greatly saddened to report the death of John B. Loether, 69, of Berlin, MA on August 22, 2014.  John was one of the top sales professionals at Digital and a popular sales trainer during his 20-year DEC career, followed by Compaq and HP until 2005.   Our deepest condolences to his wife Judy and their family and friends; Judy can be reached at judyloether@charter.net. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

   Link to full obituary here.

****************************August 18, 2014 ********************************

We are greatly saddened to report the passing of My-Quan Tran, 64, Boca Raton FL, on August 18, following a courageous battle with cancer.  My-Quan worked at Digital for many years in Massachusetts and Florida (Deerfield Beach).  He was an active participant in the SE Florida DEC Connection reunion chapter in recent years, and we will miss him very much.  Our condolences go to his wife, My-Hang Nyugen, and his son Vinh and daughter Vivi.

We ask that you make memorial donations to: St. Andre Dung Lac, 425 North M St., Lake Worth, FL 33460. On the memo, please write "In Memory of Mr. My-Quan Tran". All donations will be distributed to charities in the US and Vietnam.  Link to full obituary here.

****************************August 8, 2014 ********************************

Michael Bujnowski wrote in with the sad news that Linda D. Brooks, 65, of Merrimack NH, passed away on August 8th after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Linda worked at Digital, Compaq and HP with 25 years of service. 

Link to full obituary here with memorial service info.

****************************July 25, 2014 ********************************


Michael Bujnowski wrote in with the sad news that Mike (Myron E.) Sanderson, 83, Nashua NH, passed away on July 25th.  Mike worked at Digital which he retired from in 1986 after 15 years of service.  Link to full obituary here.

****************************July 15, 2014 ********************************


The Colorado Springs group reported the sad news that Fred Bell of Port Charlotte FL, a Digital retiree, passed away on July 15th.

****************************July 5, 2014 ********************************

The Digital community, and the computer industry at large, is greatly saddened by the loss of Engineering star Steve Teicher, 70, of Titusville FL, following a long bout with Parkinson's Disease. Steve was instrumental in the creation of the PDP-12, PDP-11 and PDP-11/05, and LSI-11 and MicroVAX at Digital and went on to lead efforts at Kubota, Apple, and other companies before retiring to a lecturing career at UCF in Orlando.

Sincere condolences to his wife Del Thorndike, also Digital, and their family.

****************************June 29, 2014 ********************************

Mike Blake wrote in with sad news of Ron (Ronald E.) Josephson's death on 29 June as a result of a boating accident. Ron worked at Raytheon and Digital Equipment Corp before starting his own businesses as a manufacturers rep. for power supplies, and the design and importation of power supplies.  Memorial donations may be made payable to: QCC Foundation in Memory of Ronald Josephson and mailed to: Quinsigamond Community College, Attn: QCC Foundation, 670 W. Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606.   Link to full obituary here.

****************************June 21, 2014 ********************************


Peter MacDonald wrote in with the sad news that his dad, DEC Connection member George L. MacDonald, 90, of Chelmsford, MA, who was an employee in the Facilities group for many years, has passed away.  Peter said that George really enjoyed our newsletter and still proudly kept his DEC retirement badge clipped to the bulletin board in the kitchen. Peter's work email is Leominster.ED@sunriseseniorliving.com Link to full obituary here.

****************************June 17, 2014 ********************************

Marcia Russell reports: Sadly Kevin C. Melia, 67, of Acton MA died this past week. (Kevin was a Corp VP at Digital in Supply Chain Mgt from 1973-1989). His family came in from Ireland to the wake in Acton. Bill Hanson came up from the Cape and Pete Soto was there also.  Our condolences to Kevin's family and friends.  Link to full obituary here.

***************************June 1, 2014 ********************************


Bob Schaumann sent in a note that Lou Leggero, 70, of Franklin, MA, passed away June 1st, after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kathleen, also a former DEC employee and Finance manager, and a son Jamie. Lou was a District Sales Manager in the Boston area for several years.  Link to full obituary here.

*****************************May 31, 2014 ********************************


George Hovey wrote in with the sad news that John Lyons, 64, of Dracut MA has passed away.  John was a systems analyst at Digital and Compaq for 25 years.  Our condolences to his family and friends.  Link to obituary here.

*****************************May 18, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to ex-Digital sales pro and brother Jim Hughes and his family, and friends and co-workers of Bob Hughes (9/11/40-5/18/14), Manchester-by-the-Sea MA, who passed away on May 18, 2014. Bob was a well-respected sales and marketing leader at Digital during the 1980-1990s, leading and mentoring the salesforce and later starting the Industry Marketing focus for the Financial Services industries, among other assignments.

Link to Obituary from Jim Hughes. Memorial contributions can be made in the name of Robert C. Hughes to the Alzheimer's Association. or to Bob's favorite charity, The Home for Little Wanderers.

******************************April 12, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to friends of William L. Burns, 76, of Chelmsford, on April 12, 2014. William was a graduate of Matignon High School and Boston College. He was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation for 30+ years and served in the US Air Force National Guard. Link to full obituary here.

******************************* April 10, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to wife Bonnie Sontag and friends of John Geesink, 76, of Newburyport .  Born in Groenlo, The Netherlands, on June 19, 1937, John came to the US when he was 21. After graduating from Gordon College, he studied and taught at Boston University, Harvard University and the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA. John earned a doctoral degree in applied behavioral sciences from UMass. He was a language instructor and course developer until he started his 20 year management and consulting career for Digital Equipment Corporation, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and then his own consultancy practice. John became a US citizen in 1974.  Link to full obituary here.

******************************* March 28, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to friends and family of Doug Carpenter (April 21, 1945 - March 28, 2014) of Habbardston, MA and formerly of Phoenix, AZ.  He worked in corporate information management for many years at Digital Equipment Corporation and recently worked for Geist Global. Doug was an avid golfer and water skier.  Link to full obituary here.

 ******************************* February 28, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to Colorado Springs friends of Wanda Lea Russell.  Wanda worked for many years as an electronics technician for Hewitt Packard, Kaman Sciences and Digital. She was employee #7 when Digital first opened in Colorado Springs.  Link to full obituary here.

******************************* February 10, 2014 ********************************


Our condolences to friends of Dick (Richard M.) Farrahar, 70, Bourne MA, formerly of Andover MA, who passed away on February 10, 2014 from an apparent heart attack and automobile accident while vacationing in Hilton Head Island with his wife, Kathy.  Obituary link.

******************************* February 7, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to wife Linda Arthur, and friends of Donald (Don) F. Arthur, 70, of Upton MA, who passed away on February 7 from complications of a stroke he had the 27th of September last year.  Click for obituary.

******************************* January 14, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to wife Mary and family and friends of DEC Connection member John R. Trubiano, 71, of Sudbury MA, who passed away on January 14th. John was a 30-year Digital veteran.  He focused on Quality Assurance Engineering and Management Systems and, after retiring from Digital, he was a Quality Assurance Management Consultant for 20 years. He was an American Society for Quality Fellow and co-authored the book Demystifying ISO 9001:2000. - See more at this link.  Donations may be made in John's memory to Compassionate Care ALS, Inc., P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574. For additional information, tributes and guest book, please visit www.duckett-waterman.com.

******************************* January 5, 2014 ********************************

Our condolences to family and friends of Jon Reardon, Doylestown, PA, who died unexpectedly on January 5th.

After 25 years of service, Jon retired as a Global Program Manager from Digital Equipment Corporation. Jon worked out of the New Jersey and New York offices.  He was eternally young at heart and lived his life to the fullest. Jon was a car enthusiast, he enjoyed listening to Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, going to his office at the Sands Casino, gardening, and being a member of the ski club. He most especially loved spending time with his family and friends.  Submitted by his sister-in-law, Fran Spevak, email reds0655@hotmail.com, who also worked for Digital in Princeton NJ from 1975-1980.

**************************** January 4, 2014 ********************************

We are sad to learn of the death earlier this year of Roger A. Hocking, 60, of Feeding Hills area of Agawam MA.   Roger was a former DEC product manager and financial analyst. He worked for DEC in Westfield, Phoenix, Colorado Springs and Merrimack, NH, Westfield, Colorado Springs, Phoenix, and Merrimack NH for 21 years. Followed by 14 years at Compaq and HP for a combined 35 years with his DEC badge number. He retired in 2012.  Thanks to his co-worker friend Cynthia Wilbur for the information.  Link to full obituary here.

******************************* December 29, 2013 ********************************

Our condolences to friends and family of Scott Scudamore, 63, who succumbed on 29 December to injuries sustained on a mountain-biking accident on 22 September. Scott was a retired Air Force captain who later worked for Digital and HP in support of the Govt. Systems Group.  Click here for Memorial website.


******************************* December 23, 2013 ********************************

Our condolences to friends and family of Gene Owens of Greensboro GA and formerly of Colorado Springs CXO.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army for thirteen years, where he served tours of duty in Korea, Germany and Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal for his "more than twenty five aerial missions over hostile territory" during a 20 day period in January, 1969. Cancer, which took his life at the age of 71, has been attributed by the VA to his exposure to Agent Orange during this tour of duty in Vietnam. Gene was an Engineer for Digital Equipment Corp. and later Quantum Corp. retiring from Seagate Corp. in 2010. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=harry-eugene-owens-gene&pid=168758216&fhid=5366#sthash.W83PtgDb.dpuf


******************************* November 1, 2013 ********************************

Our condolences to friends of David C. Knoll, 77, of Berkeley CA, who passed away on November 1 after a brief struggle with cancer.  Dave was a 25-year early Digital employee in Maynard during his career. 

Click here for full obituary.

******************************* October 16, 2013 ********************************

Our condolences to Colorado Springs friends of Laurie C. Reilly, 58, who worked for many years in CX03, and recently passed away after a courageous battle with ALS.  Condolences can be sent to her husband and daughter at: Jonathan and Paige Reilly, 810 Mira Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

******************************* September 19, 2013 ********************************

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Theresa A. (Hanlon) Buckley, 84, of Maynard, one of Ken's go-to assistants for over 30 years.  At Digital, Theresa's unmatched work ethic and her indomitable spirit and uncanny business sense enabled her to rise quickly from the pool of countless secretaries to receive her Masters in business at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute alongside many of Digital's top engineers and to ultimately support Ken Olsen and his senior staff as their Human Resources Manager, a formidable feat for a woman who had a very humble start in life as she grew up in Somerville, MA as one of eight children in a large Italian/Irish family. During her life and her career, Theresa always spoke her mind with brutal honesty and with plain, unambiguous language that was tempered with a humble and devout countenance; suffice it to say that you always knew exactly how she felt regarding any person or any matter she commented on.  Thanks to Marcia Russell for sending in the full obituary.  Click here.


******************************* September 14, 2013 ********************************


Our condolences to the CXO friends of Leo T. Bennett, 81, who passed away while on a vacation in Hawaii.  Leo had a long and successful career in the computer industry. When he took early retirement in 1992, he was the Director of Information Technology for Digital Equipment Corporation's disk drive manufacturing plant in Colorado Springs. After retiring, Leo continued to use his management and leadership skills in various capacities. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=leo-t-bennett&pid=167160376#fbLoggedOut

******************************* August 31, 2013 ********************************


Our condolences to friends and family of Craig Dean Zamzow, 70, New Hampton NH. Craig hired into Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Maynard, Massachusetts, where he served for twenty years as a sales engineer, corporate manager of sales training, and product line manager of Logic Products, a $25 million PC board business. His achievements led to his being named in 1983 the Corporate Manager, Marketing Programs, directing the efforts of over 5000 employees. Along the way, Craig earned an MBA in marketing and human resource management from Rivier College in Nashua, NH.  Here is the link to full obituary.

******************************* August 28, 2013 ********************************


Our condolences to the CXO friends of Emil F. Kobylecki, Jr., October 18, 1944 - August 28, 2013, who worked at Digital during the 1980s at the DEC customer support center. He went on to have a successful career as an English teacher at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. He suffered a massive stroke. He will be missed.

******************************* July 30, 2013 ********************************

Our condolences to the CXO friends of Dan Schlagel, 49, who passed away after a long battle with cancer.  His memorial service will be held on August 6th at 2:30 PM at the Calvary Church, 2101 Gay St., Longmont CO.

******************************* July 8, 2013 ********************************


Our sincere condolences to DEC Connection member Marilyn Davison on the tragic and sudden loss of her husband Michael Rogosin in early July.   Mike was Business/Commercial Sales Group Manager in Landover, MD (Washington, DC) for a number of years in the '80s. Mike succumbed to a very aggressive cancer only two weeks after his initial diagnosis.  Marilyn and Mike lived near Nice, France.  Here is a tribute page to Mike from his friends at work for Marilyn - add your own message online http://www.soligencorp.com/?page_id=125

Thank you to Jerry Bernath and Bill Taylor for sending in the sad news; Marilyn would like to hear from DEC friends; please contact her at davisonmarilyn@gmail.com

******************************* May 31, 2013 ********************************


Our condolences to friends of Robert L. Hough, 78, of Marana AZ.  Bob had worked at Digital in Colorado Springs  as a computer engineer, instructor and technical writer.

Link to obituary: 


******************************* May 26, 2013 ********************************

Our condolences to husband and ex-DECcie Dick Miller, and the Colorado Springs friends of Ellen Miller, 59, on her recent passing.  Sent in by Judy Kilgore:  I worked with both Ellen and Dick Miller in the Engineering department at CXO. She and I had kept in touch the last several years via email. I will miss her sense of humor in her emails. Dick, you are in our thoughts and prayers.  Link to obituary: 


******************************* May 22, 2013 ********************************

  Our member Bill Seaver reported the sad news of the passing of Philip G. Tays, 77, of Chelmsford MA in May.  Phil ran Engineering Services in Maynard and then worked in training.

Link to obituary:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lowellsun/obituary.aspx?pid=164940493#fbLoggedOut

******************************* May 15, 2013 ********************************

Marcia Russell reports the sad news that Vinnie Bartolomeo died: "He was a Concord native who worked for many years in IEG Internal Equipment Group at Digital. I remember Vinnie as a kind and warm person. He was always willing to help and always had a solution for the tough or difficult issues. Vinnie always greeted everyone with a welcoming smile and always had a Concord tale to tell." 

BARTOLOMEO, Vincent J. Of Concord, MA and Old Orchard Beach, ME, unexpectedly, May 15. Husband of Jeanne Bartolomeo of Old Orchard Beach, ME. Father of Kristen A. Bartolomeo of Shrewsbury, MA. Brother of Robert Bartolomeo and his wife Deborah and their son Joseph of Hopedale, MA.  Contributions in his memory may be made to Concord Rod and Gun Club, 74 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, MA 01742 or to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120 (www.ducks.org) or to Maine Dep't. of Fisheries and Wildlife, (www.mefishwildlife.com). For obituary, or to share a remembrance in his online guest book please visit www.deefuneralhome.com. Dee Funeral Home of Concord.

******************************* April 11, 2013 ********************************

Judith Ann Straub, affectionately known as "Judy," died Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Athol Memorial Hospital. Born in Berwyn, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Edward W. and Virginia (Lopez) Straub, and sister of the late Kenneth Straub. Judy moved with her family to Acton, MA in 1968, and was an Athol resident for the past 28 years. She worked many years at Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard and Westminster, MA where played on company softball teams for many of those years. Later in life she made some wonderful friends while working at the Wal-Mart in Orange, MA, and her Athol neighbors, Laurie, Gerry and their two girls, Sara and Katie, were like family. Judy loved horses, cats and dogs, and loved giving gifts to family members. She also enjoyed writing poetry and cooking, and was a fan of the Boston Red Sox and Sarah Brightman.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions in Judy's name to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, also on-line at www.diabetes.org

******************************* March 28, 2013 ********************************

RIP our friend Dave Gretton.  Dave worked in DEC Mfg in Massachusetts starting in 1976, Phoenix and Singapore and after 1998 moved to work for Compaq in Houston until his retirement in 2003.  Dave was a member of The DEC Connection.  Thanks to Chris de Hek (cdehek @comcast.net) for informing us of the sad news.
David Gretton passed away on March 28th 2013 at his home in Houston TX, at the age of 77. He was the beloved husband and father who loved to travel and enjoyed his life to the fullest. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jean and his three daughters Peri, Zoe and Nina. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association .  Online obituary and guest book are at


******************************* March 12, 2013 ********************************


Jack Richardson has reported the death of Ron Smart of Australia/USA, who was a thought leader in the Digital community for many years. 

Eulogies from Ron’s Memorial Service in New Hampshire are at this link.

Saturday, June 8, 2013 at The Community Church of Francestown NH
Jack Richardson - jrichardson@visionnewengland.org

Here is the obituary from the Sydney Morning Herald on March 16, 2013:
Dr Ronald George SMART (1927 - 2013) - Born Sydney 85 years ago to Hubert & Florence, died peacefully Upland California 10 Mar 2013. Pioneer of the Australian computer industry, friend and mentor to many, a kind and gentle man remembered fondly by all whose lives he touched. Survived by beloved wife Dorothy, sister Florence, first wife Catherine, their sons Michael and Robert, Dorothy's children Mark, Doug, Jenni, Wendy, and all their families.

******************************* March 4, 2013 ********************************


Harry Goforth of Colorado Springs area passed away on March 4th, 2013 due to lung disease complications.  Reported by Bonnie Beard of CXO group, bonnie.beard@comcast.net, who can connect with family.

******************************* February 27, 2013 ********************************

Jane Marie Tibur, 83, of Woburn MA, was a marketing representative at Digital and retired in 1992. 

Link to complete online obituary here.

******************************* February 26, 2013 ********************************

Our condolences to the CXO friends of Peter Meis, 16 June 1943-26 Feb 2013, who lived in Germany.

******************************* February 2, 2013 ********************************


Our condolences to the CXO friends of Dave Hungerford, 64, who passed away following a brave battle with bone cancer since mid-December.  He was still in Operations working for NetApp in Wichita.  Reported by Stan Manzanares, forwarded by Rob Stubblefield, who added:  I've known and worked with Dave since my early days in Co. Springs with the ATDB business. It was a small world when we ran into each other again in Wichita when we both worked for LSI. I'm glad he was able to go the way he lived.
Below is the link to the obituary on the funeral home website where you can send flowers, gifts or sign a guest book.

******************************* January 27, 2013 ********************************

Bruce Robert Anderson, 72, an avid sailor who was in the first wave of high-tech executives, died on Jan. 27 at his home in Harvard surrounded by his family. The cause was pulmonary fibrosis. Bruce was a manufacturing and operations manager for more than 20 years at Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard. In 1987, he and Dodie moved to Geneva, Switzerland, after he was asked to play a key role in setting up manufacturing plants for DEC in Switzerland, England and Germany. They returned from Switzerland in 1991.  Bruce left DEC in 1994 and joined various high-tech companies in Massachusetts and California, where he and Dodie resided for 14 years. He ended his career as senior vice president of operations at Remick Corporation in San Diego.

Sent in by Marcia Russell: I saw this notice while perusing through the Vineyard Gazette. I warmly remember having conversations with Bruce in both my mfg mill days and when I supported Geneva. He was in a key person in manufacturing world. He was the most charming and gracious man to talk to.
Link to full obituary in the Vineyard Gazette:


********************************January 25, 2013 ********************************

Our member Bob Carlin sent in this sad news about the sudden passing of his friend Christine, whose husband Michael is also a DECcie.

Christine M. (Knaup) Raspuzzi, 52 years old, of Leominster MA died unexpectedly in her home on Friday, January 25, 2013.  She is survived by her husband of 23 years Michael D. Raspuzzi, Sr., son Michael D. Raspuzzi, Jr. and daughter Nicole M. Raspuzzi all of Leominster, her parents Ferdi and Hilde (Boehm) Knaup of Rotterdam, NY, brother Michael Knaup and his wife Carolyn of Raleigh, NC, and 4 nephews. Christine was born May 9, 1960 in Schenectady, NY and had lived in Leominster since 1988. She graduated from Mohonasen High School in Rotterdam, NY and from Syracuse University with a degree in Computer Science and Psychology. She was a Software Engineer at Digital Equipment Corp for 21 years, before retiring from Hewlett Packard in 2003. Memorial contributions may be made to the Our Lady of the Lake Church Memorial Fund, 1400 Main Street, Leominster, MA 01453 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

******************************** January 16, 2013 ********************************

We are saddened to report that Ernest Burton (Burt) Brown, 84, of Wellington FL, passed away on January 16, 2013.  Burt lived in Stow and Wellesley MA before retiring to Florida post-Digital days.  Burt was an original Digital Retirees Association member following the first SERP.

Link to full obituary.

********************************January 3, 2013 ********************************


Member Galen Davis sent in the obituary for his friend Pete Stith: 

Stith, Nathan Earl "Pete" 75, of Phoenix, Arizona, peacefully entered into everlasting life on January 2, 2013 after fighting the past ten years from the affects of lung cancer. Pete was born on January 20, 1937 to Joe Nathan and Minnie Odell Stith in Wakefield, Virginia and is preceded in death by his parents and sister Shirley Denson. Nathan is survived by Linda Schwab, his constant companion of 25 years, his children Nina (Gene) McGee, sons Earl (Sabrina) Stith and Lenox (Lupe) Sims, eleven grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Raymond (Viola) Stith and Donald Stith, sister Diane Peartree as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. After graduation from high school in Newport News, VA, Nathan joined the United States Air Force from where he retired after 20 years as Avionic Inertial & Radar Navigational Systems Technician. Within three days of retirement, Nathan was hired by Digital Equipment Corp. where he spent the next 17 years as electronics supervisor and earned his college degree during that period of time. Nathan was an avid lover of golf and football, baseball and basketball. He enjoyed his weekly golf outings with his good friends, Dan, Galen, Gary and his son Earl. Years after his retirement from Digital, former employees would stop him wherever he might be, remembering him with respect and good memories. Donations may be made in Pete's memory to one of his favorite charities, The American Cancer Society of Phoenix, AZ, the American Lung Association or the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

********************************November 18, 2012 ********************************


The Digital community has lost another strong leader with the passing of Bill Heffner, Vice President  in Engineering until his retirement from Digital.  Our sincerest condolences to his family and many friends in the Digital community.  Jack Mileski sent in the sad news with this comment: "I was on the team with Larry Portner that recruited Bill into DEC and then he was my boss for quite a while. Bill was an outstanding person, great ethics, and a real credit to the unselfish culture of Digital. He will be missed!"

Click here for link to complete obituary from the Boston Globe.  Expressions of sympathy may be made in Bill's memory to the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923 or to the Brooksby Village Benevolent Care Fund, 200 Brooksby Village Dr., Attn: Beth McNelis Peabody, MA 01960. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com


********************************November 16, 2012 ********************************


We are saddened to share the news, sent in by our member Glenn Boston, of the sudden passing of Mike Mensh.  Mike was a 20 year DEC veteran.  He suddenly passed away on November 16th in Tucson AZ. Mike had a series of great assignments including a very successful stint  as the Canadian CSS Manager. Mike was the quintessential renaissance man.....golfer, tennis player, classical guitar player and an avid student of the Spanish language. 

********************************November 9, 2012 ********************************

We are saddened to report the recent passing of our member, Hank (Henri) Vezina, 67, of Brookline NH, formerly of Fitchburg MA.  Our sincere condolences to his wife, Sue, also a former Digital employee, and to their family.  Hank was a leader and mentor in the Human Resources community at Digital for 17 years as an employee and then as a consultant, and most recently had his own business for sourcing employees. - Susan.Vezina@gpj.com

Click here for full obituary link.

********************************November 6, 2012 ********************************

Barry Stone, 51, who was a DEC/Compaq employee in Stow from 1983 to 1995, and a finance manager at Compaq in Littleton from 1995 to 2000.  He died in an automobile accident on Rte. 2.  At the time of his death he was employed by Fitchburg State University's IT department.  Click here for full obituary link.

********************************September 14, 2012 ********************************

Our member Andy Puchrik announces with sadness the passing of his wife Deborah Puchrik, who was also a career Digital employee.  Deb died in her sleep on September 14th, 2012. She worked in Terminals Engineering at the Mill in Maynard and also as a Technical Sales Consultant out of the Waltham field office.  Andy can be reached at andy.puchrik@comcast.net to express condolences.

Here is the full obituary:  Deborah Engber Puchrik, age 62, of Concord MA passed away on Friday, September 14, 2012 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of Andrew S. Puchrik and loving mother of Alexander S. Puchrik.

Born in South Bend, Indiana on June 6, 1950 she was the daughter of the late Michael J. and Evelyn J. Barthelmas Engber. Raised and educated in Indiana, Deborah attended Indiana University in Bloomington earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Service. She later graduated from Indiana University with a Masters Degree in Adult Education. Deborah married and settled in Concord where for many years she worked as a Computer Engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation. Together with her husband Andy, they took great love, devotion and pride raising their only child Alex. Deborah enjoyed watching and supporting all of his sporting events including soccer and baseball. During her spare time she enjoyed swimming, photography, reading, and music.During her extended illness Deborah was always kind, positive and most of all appreciative of all the love and support her family and friends offered during these most recent and difficult years. Besides her husband and son she is survived by her brothers Daniel Engber and Michael Engber both of Indiana and her sister Deanna Engber of Texas as well as many friends and former colleagues.

Gifts in her memory may be made to: American Parkinson Disease Association, 72 East Concord St., C3, Boston, MA 02118. You can also sign the guest book at  http://www.concordfuneral.com/

********************************September 20, 2012 ********************************

Jack Richardson sent this announcement about the passing of Ken and Aulikki's daughter, Ava Memmen. 

Ava-Lisa Memmen, 60, of Zionsville died on September 19, 2012 at home with her family by her side. She was born February 1, 1952 in Boston, MA to Aulikki and Kenneth Olsen. She graduated with a B.A from Seattle Pacific University and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. Ava was married to Edward Memmen on June 23, 1973. She is survived by her husband Ed, three daughters and two grandchildren.  Ava was a long-time board member with several educational and non-profit institutions as well as the Heartland Film Festival, which she co-founded. She served as an elder at her church and enjoyed volunteering her time. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.  Ava was very instrumental, and a strong leader, in the project that became the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College.
In lieu of flowers, Ava has requested that memorial contributions be sent to the Heartland Film Festival. Donations may be sent to Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, 1043 Virginia Ave, Suite 2, Indianapolis, IN 46203 or at http://www.trulymovingpictures.org/give-now.  You are invited to go to the Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Home Guest Book page to pass along your personal message or tell a story.

********************************August 9, 2012 ********************************

Our condolences to the friends and family of JJ (Leslie Edward) Goodman Jr. - 61 yrs, of Richfield CO passed away August 9, 2012.  JJ worked in CXO in the 1970s in Human Resources for several years.  Reported by KC Cabral via Rob Stubblefield of the CXO group.

********************************July 29, 2012 ********************************

DEC Connection member Bob Moore sent the sad news of the passing of his friend and co-worker, Frank Duffy, Chatham MA. Frank Duffy worked in IT for several years at the Digital Virginia Road, Concord facility. Frank's son, also named Frank Duffy, wrote:  I want to let you all know that my father passed away last night at Cape Cod Hospital from a ruptured aortic artery aneurysm. The surgeons were able to repair the rupture, but he was not able to recover.  Condolences may be sent to son Frank and wife Marge at fduffy76@comcast.net.   Full obituary link.

********************************July 27, 2012 ********************************

DEC Connection member Galen Davis and Norm Gallant reported the passing of Bob Reed, 73, on July 27, 2012.
  Bob was DEC badge #11.

YORK BEACH, Maine: Robert "Bob" J. Reed, 73, formerly of Framingham, Mass., died Friday, July 27, 2012, after a brief illness. He was born March 7, 1939, the son of Margaret "Peg" K. (Gavin) Reed and the late William E. Reed. He graduated from Framingham High School in 1956 and Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1958. He had worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for more than 40 years.  He was an active amateur radio operator for 45 years and loved talking with people all over the world. He was a captain in the Army National Guard.  He loved his family, working around the yard, golf and keeping up with his grandsons. He will be greatly missed.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hyder Family Hospice House, 285 County Farm Road, Dover, NH 03820.

 ********************************June 17, 2012 ********************************

DEC Connection member Sue Lawrence-Longo reported the death of a former colleague, Evan Raine, 66, of Milford MA on June 17, 2012. 

Here is a link to the complete obituary.

********************************June 4, 2012 ********************************

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of DEC Connection member Joe (Jozsef) Bukkhegyi of Groton MA on June 4, 2012, reported by his wife Beverly Bukkhegyi.  She wrote:  Joe started at the Mill in 1969 as supervisor of the board shop.  He was proud of his badge number of 8152. He held many different positions at the Mill over the years. He also worked in Acton and Westminster. He also traveled to Puerto Rico during the height of the activity there. He always enjoyed running into other DEC people and regarded his years at DEC as the happiest of his life.  Joe is pictured at left a few years before his retirement from Digital in 1993. 

Here is a link to the full obituary for Joe.    You can email Beverly at CWhorses@aol.com to express condolences; in lieu of flowers please make donations to the Christian Union Church, West Groton.

Beverly also sent this special photo of Joe in the early years with Ken and Gloria Parrazzo and another gentleman.

********************************May 15, 2012 ********************************

Reported by her daughter, Jill Wadsworth: Mabel Anna RetallickSpahr, 78, passed away on on May 15, 2012 in Colorado Springs at the Springs Village Center. She was originally from New Danbury CT, but spent the last 24 years of her life in Colorado Springs, enjoying gardening and her family.  Mabel had worked at Digital on the electronics assembly line in CXO.  Daughter Jill, who also worked at Digital, can be reached to express condolences at  jleona2001@msn.com or (719) 205-4330.

*******************************April 16, 2012 ********************************


Reported by DEC Connection member Greg Hoffman:  Rick Laidlaw, 59, died at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 16, 2012.  For several years Richard and his wife Suzanne owned and operated the Cross Keys Inn Bed and Breakfast in Monument, Colorado. Prior to that he was a personnel manager with the Digital Equipment Corporation working at DEC sites in Arizona, New Hampshire, and Colorado.

Here is a link to the full obituary: http://www.tuftsschildmeyer.com/obituary/Richard-Manning-Laidlaw/Cincinnati/1066077

******************************* April 5, 2012 ********************************

We were contacted in June 2013 by Cyril, son of Jerry Kelly, concerning his father's passing at age 56 a year ago:  Hello, I am the son of Jerry Kelly who worked with with DEC for most of his life. He started in Galway the Netherlands (where I was born) made his way to the States where he worked (from Memory) in Westminster and Nashua. Dad past away over a year ago now. DEC was such a big part of his life, so when I came across this site, I thought I would spread the word to those who had not yet received word. I have no question that Dad would have wanted those who walked the halls of DEC to hear of his passing if they have not already. He met my mother while working in assembly in Mervue and had both of my sibling in Galway. I was born when he expat'd to Europe and we all made Massachusetts our home for many years. I still remember the family days at Canobie Lake Park and the occasion we were given access to the company suite in Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox fall to the Blue Jays (my first professional sports event.)

He got a great deal done with his short time on this earth.   

Link to Jerry's obituary. http://w.callahanfay.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1443075&fh_id=11638

I appreciate everyone who is hosting this site. It is so often forgotten the investment people make trying make a difference during their lives, even if it is a giant organization." Cyril.Kelly@yahoo.com  (508) 414-5791 Cell

********************************March 15, 2012 ********************************

Reported by  CXO Group:  Shirley Ann Spaid passed away peacefully on March 15, 2012. Shirley was born in Limon, Colorado to Huey and Alnore (Knutson) Bandy and graduated from Limon High School. She married her high school sweetheart, (Albert) Ted Spaid, on September 7, 1963. They moved to Colorado Springs in 1964 where Ted began his career as an elementary teacher in District 11. Shirley was employed for many years at Digital Equipment Corporation and also for several years as a teacher's aide. Shirley loved to crochet and sew, especially for family members and charities. She also enjoyed bowling and was a league bowler for over 40 years. Ted and Shirley traveled to all 50 states, Canada, and Mexico, taking great pleasure in car and train trips. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ted; her son, Ted III (Cathy); her daughter, Lynnette Contreras (Gene); and five grandchildren: Dominic, Derric, David, Kylie and Danielle. Donations to the American Stroke Association at www.heart.org are preferred. Online condolences: shrineofremembrance.com

****************************March 11, 2012 ********************************


Reported by Patti Mierzwa in 2014: Jacquelin M. Shalhoub, 62, of Mahwah, NJ died on March 11, 2012 losing her valiant battle against cancer. Patti said of Jackie:  She was the Facility Manager for the Saddlebrook/Piscataway/Princeton area back in 1987. I just recently found out about her passing. I was in shock. She passed in 2012 at age 62. She was a phenomenal manager and individual and had a tremendous impact on my career path. Link to full obituary here.

********************************March 7, 2012 ********************************


Reported by Donald.McFadden@hp.com: Keith R. Norman of Colorado Springs: Keith Norman, a good friend of mine and former DEC-ie, has passed away here in Colorado Springs. Keith came to Colorado Springs around 1983 from the Central Region Support office in Rolling Meadows, IL to join the U.S. Area LCG Support Group under Gerry Abdella at the Chestnut St. facility. Later he moved over to the Storage CSSE group at CXO1 and went on to hold a management position in the engineering team that developed the Genesis call management system, among other service delivery products. Keith left HP in the early 2000s to take a consulting position with PwC and has been retired for several years now.

********************************February 15, 2012 ********************************

Harry (Henry A.) Schroeder III of Colorado Springs

Henry A. Schroeder was a man of great fortitude, a man who instilled great knowledge and wisdom in everyone around him. A man whose smile was one of the warmest and most inviting things a person could see. A man who was unafraid to tell you what you were afraid to hear. A man who was loved by his children, his family and his co-workers. A man who left the world on February 15th, 2012, and far too soon.

Donations may be made to two organizations about which Harry was passionate: Genny's Hope Foundation and Patrick Henry Elementary in Colorado Springs.

********************************February 2, 2012 ********************************

Former DECcie Barbara Bulleit, now of NC, reported the unexpected death of her former husband, Roger L. Towne, 78, of Acton, who had a wonderful career in Digital Educational Services:  I would like DECconnect members to know that Roger L. Towne passed away on February 2, 2012. Roger worked his entire career, 26 years, at DEC in Educational Services, starting as the 5th US and 12th world-wide Ed Services employee. Roger was renowned for his knowledge of DEC's education business and his acumen in managing that business. He will be missed.  Roger's son, Roger J. Towne, can be reached at roger_towne@yahoo.com; Barbara Bulleit can be reached at bjbulleit@gmail.com to express condolences.


Link to full obituary.

********************************February 1, 2012 ********************************

Barry Nestor has reported the February 1 death of Jeff Maxwell, 58, who worked for Digital in the Northeast.  Jeff worked in logistics for DEC and most recently was part of HP's Material Escalations Group in Andover.     Link to full obituary.

********************************January 23, 2012 ********************************


We are saddened to learn of the death of DEC Connection member and Digital retiree Tony (Angelo L.) Crugnola, a technical writer at Digital in Marlboro in the 1970s-1980s.  Our condolences to Tony's family and friends.

Link to online obituary.

********************************January 6, 2012 ********************************

(LeRoy F.) Lee Kearns, 66, passed away unexpectedly on January 6.  Lee lived in Amherst NH and worked at Digital in Littleton MA for over 20 years.  Condolences to Geri Kearns (Florida) and their sons Ethan and Seth. You can email Geri at geri@gerikearns.com.

Link to online obituary.

********************************December 21, 2011 ********************************

We are saddened to learn from Marcia Russell of the passing of long-time Digital Engineering manager Carlton Davenport.  Our condolences to his wife June, their family and friends.  Here is a link to his obituary from the WorcesterTelegram.  Donations may be made in Carlton’s memory to Old Sturbridge Village (www.osv.org), Jacobs Pillow (www.jacobspillow.org) or to a local public broadcasting station.

********************************October 12, 2011 ********************************

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Boston-area philanthropist and DEC Connection member Mort Ruderman, 75, on 12 October 2011.  Mort was the first Digital salesperson to the medical market, and went on to co-found MEDITECH, the successful hospital information systems company.  He did very well and became a venture capitalist and mentor to young business persons.  Mort established the Ruderman Family Foundation to donate to charitable causes including medical research.  Mort's son Jay Ruderman did a short interview with Mort which is posted on YouTube.  In the first 10 seconds, Mort credits his early professional success to Ken Olsen "who just let him run".

Link to obituary written by Jay Ruderman.  Donations in Mort's memory may be made to the Alpha-1 Association and Gateways – Access to Jewish Education.

********************************October 7, 2011********************************

Member Mark Silverberg sent in this sad news about Billy Larson: William J. "Billy" Larson, 67, of Leominster, died Friday, October 7, in Health Alliance Leominster Hospital, after an illness. He was born June 28, 1944, in Concord, son of the late William and Doris (LeSage) Larson. He graduated from Maynard High School in 1962.  Mr. Larson worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for over 24 years as an event and trade show manager. He served in the United States Air Force Reserves, and was a former member of the Maynard Lodge of Elks Lodge 1568. Billy was a dedicated family man, who enjoyed every moment he spent with his children and grandchildren. He loved the beach, especially York Beach, and was an avid sports fan, with much enthusiasm for the Red Sox. He leaves his wife of 37 years, Cynthia J. (Belliveau) Larson; his son, Matthew Larson of Leominster; his daughter, Amy Beth Rose and her husband, Michael of Gardner.  Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

********************************October 2, 2011********************************


Our member Bill Seaver reported the death of his neighbor, Winifred "Wini" Sadler Ferguson, on October 2, 2011 in Concord, MA.  Wini was a Corporate Librarian in Marlborough and other locations for many years.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Concord Land Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 141, Concord, MA 01742.

Link to full obituary.

********************************September  2, 2011********************************


We are deeply saddened to learn that our member and friend, Alexandra (Sandy) Zimany Day, passed away on Friday, 2 Sept. following complications from an aneurysm and subsequent strokes.  Sandy was a 29-year Digital retiree who contributed in several organizations, including Software Services, Laboratory Data Products, and Pharmaceutical Industry Marketing.  Sandy and her husband, Art Day, lived in Stow MA and in NH.  Here is a link to the complete obituary.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Stow Fire Department at 16 Crescent Dr. Stow, MA 01775, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where the staff put forth a huge and exceptional effort to help her get well, Development Office, One Medical Center Dr. Lebanon, NH 03756 or to Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, 110 Chapin Road, Hudson MA.

********************************August  27, 2011********************************

A kind young man who corresponded in cyberspace with Pat Villani about  the FreeDOS project sent in his obituary.

Pasquale “Pat” Villani, 57, of Freehold Township, NJ, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2011, at home. Mr. Villani was born in Nocera Inferiore, Naples and had lived in Woodhaven, NY, before moving to Freehold Twp in 1990. He was an Electrical Engineer for Vonage in Holmdel. Pat earned his master’s degree from the Polytechnic Institute. He was a Parishioner for St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church and a former member of the M.A.R.S., He was a member of A.R.R.L. and also I.E.E.E. Mr. Villani was the author of two books including “FreeDOS Kernel,” and the holder of numerous patents. He also wrote several articles on Computer and Electrical Engineering Designs.

Pat joined Digital in 1995 and contributed to project areas such as the kernel license manager, installation cloning and various areas of installation for Tru64 UNIX.   Link to full obituary.   

Link to speaker bio at a 2000 NY Unix conference.

********************************August  19, 2011********************************


Neal Hittner, Quality Assurance Engineer at CX02 (Colorado Springs) died of an apparent heart attack in his home in Florida. A memorial service was conducted in his home town of Madison, Nebraska.

*******************************August  12, 2011********************************


Charles W. (Bill) Newell, age 79, of Acton passed away peacefully on Friday, August 12, 2011 at his residence.  Born in Arlington on November 22, 1931 he was the son of the late Joseph S. and Maria (Dwelley) Newell. He was the husband of Janet Haynes Newell. Mr. Newell was raised in Lincoln and graduated from Weston High School in 1950. He attended Boston University before enlisting in the United States Navy where he was stationed in Iceland before returning home in 1953. In 1956 Bill and Janet married and settled in Acton where he owned and operated Newell and Avery Real Estate for several years. Bill later began a long and distinguished career with Digital Equipment Corporation as a Field Service Manager throughout Europe. He was responsible for opening and cultivating numerous office locations until his retirement in 1985.  During his spare time he enjoyed carpentry work, classical music, his 1914 model T Ford, ballooning and flying his piper cub airplane. Besides his wife he is survived by his sister, Naomi Newell of Acton. He was also the brother of the late Joseph and Frederick Newell. Gifts in his name may be made to: Handel and Haydn Society, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

********************************August  6, 2011********************************


Robert C. "Uncle Bob" Carney, of Galena CO, Saturday, August 6, 2011 at St. Ann's Hospital. Born December 16th, 1937 in Erie, PA to Charles and Minerva Carney. Graduated from Mt. Vernon High School of Alexandria, VA and Pikes Peak Community College of Colorado Springs with a degree in electrical engineering. He received his masters degree in electrical engineering in Erie, PA. Worked at Digital Equipment in Colorado Springs until his retirement. Moved to Galena in 2001. Uncle Bob loved cooking, gardening, his computer, his John Deere tractors and anything electronic. who worked on PC Design Team in Colorado Springs.  Friends, if they wish, may contribute to the American Cancer Society in Uncle Bob's memory.

********************************July 12, 2011********************************


We are saddened to learn that our member, Stephanie Tedesco, 84, passed away on July 12, 2011.  Steph was a lifelong resident of Groton MA, and worked at Digital for many years before retiring in 1993.  Steph's daughter, Carol O'Sullivan, sent an obituary with the sad news.   Carol can be contacted with messages of condolence at carolosccod@comcast.net.

Here is a link to Stephanie's obituary, with a (somewhat grainy) photo.

********************************June 9, 2011********************************


Mike Zaremba: Mike was a 56 year old resident of Colorado Springs, originally from Brooklyn, NY. He suffered a brain aneurysm and passed away Thursday June 9th in California, while away on business.  At the time of his death, he was Vice President of Technology Operations and Support Services at Blackhawk Network. Earlier in his career he had worked at DEC in the CXO Colorado Springs facility.  Donations in Mike's memory may be made to the Jane Goodall Foundation, www.janegoodall.org, or contribute to your local zoo's gorilla exhibit. That was one of the causes he supported in life. Click here for full obituary.

********************************May 29, 2011********************************


Sent in by our member Joanne Andrews, who was Sharon's best friend:  Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sharon Kapenas.  A DEC/Compaq employee for more than 17 years ( ’81 – ’98), Sharon passed away at her home in West Townsend, MA, on Sunday, May 29, 2011.  Donations in her memory may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

********************************April 18, 2011********************************

Our condolences to the Johnson family, many of whom worked at Digital, on the death of Dane Lamont Johnson.  Dane was born May 29, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois. After moving to Hudson, MA in 1975, Dane attended Hudson High School (Class of 1977) where he played football and was a shot putter for the track team. He began working for Digital Equipment Corporation in 1979 and through many corporate changes, he remained loyal and worked his way up to become Third Party Logistics Manager at the Intel Corporation in Massachusetts. Dane departed life on April 18, 2011, after a brief illness.  Dane is survived by his parents, Tyrone Johnson of Albuquerque, NM (tjoh727570@cs.com) and Willia Dean Johnson of Goodyear, AZ; his fiancé Heidemarie Riendeau, his son David Cardona of Framingham, MA; his sister Lela Johnson and her husband Ronald Harper of Lisle, IL, and his former wife, Margarita Johnson of Clinton, MA.  Link to complete obituary.

 ********************************April 11, 2011********************************

Our member Joe Beaumont requested to inform former friends and co-workers of the passing of his wife, Sarah E. Whittemore, 51, of Hollis NH (formerly lived in Lunenburg, MA and Ayer, MA) in April 2011 following a brief and courageous battle with cancer.  Sarah had badge # 98521, and was an Executive Administrator when she left on 12/19/99, which was exactly 20 years from her hire date of 12/19/79. She had worked in various Finance groups as well as in Harvey Weiss' organization. Link to complete obituary.

Joe can be reached at  jbeaumont40@aol.com to express condolences.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a memorial donation to one of Sarah's favorite charities which included: The Shriner's Hospital for Children, The Susan G. Komen Foundation, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

*********************************March 22, 2011********************************


From our member Nancy Kilty: Our condolences to friends and family of Dick Dyer, who passed away from a massive heart attack.

*********************************March 22, 2011********************************


From our members Marcia Russell and Jack Mileski:  I am saddened to inform you that Peter Briggs. 66. of Stow MA has died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday March 22, 2011.  Peter Briggs was an Information Technology systems consultant who began his employed at Digital in 1973 working in Corporate Manufacturing. He was responsible for the generation and creation of critical applications databases that managed and controlled the product information throughout worldwide Digital.   Our condolences go out to Peter's wife, Sandy Briggs, their family, and to his many Digital friends.


In Memoriam:  Kenneth H. Olsen

20 Feb 1926 - 6 Feb 2011

A public memorial service was held at Gordon College on May 14, 2011, and Digital_Man/Digital_World,  a PBS documentary about Ken Olsen, is available. Friends and former colleagues are encouraged to leave a memory about Olsen on www.gordon.edu/kenolsen.

Link to our KO Memorial Messages page on our website


**********************************January 17, 2011********************************

Our condolences to the family and friends of Charles R. (Chuck) Blasi of Bedford MA, 72, a Digital retiree. Beloved husband of Jane (Kelly) Blasi; devoted father of Suzanne Bombardieri of Westford, Daniel Blasi of Boston, and Eileen Blasi of CA and their spouses. Retired from Digital Equipment Corp. Served in U.S. Army.    Link to Boston Globe obituary: 


**********************************January 7, 2011********************************

sent in by Maureen Cicione Burness - Mary LaSalle worked for DEC for a number of years. Sad news. She will be missed.

Our condolences to the family and friends of Mary LaSalle, 70, of Colorado Springs. Mary has been a Colorado Springs resident since 1972. She was employed in human resources with several companies in the community. Mary loved Colorado and considered herself to be a native. She was a sensitive and loving soul. Link to  obituary in the Gazette. 

**********************************January 6, 2011********************************

sent in by Rick Shick -  Allan (Al) Clarkson Greist, 70, passed away on January 6th. Allan grew up in North Haven, Connecticut, an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Yale University and moved to Colorado Springs in 1965 as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. After retirement, he worked in the computer field at Traffic Data Systems, Safetran, Digital Equipment Corporation and Skyline Products until he retired in 2004.  Link to  obituary in the Gazette. 

**********************************December 16, 2010********************************

Submitted by Dwight McShane.  William (Bill) Holdway, 66, of Greeley CO, passed away.  He was born June 5, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland. He entered the U.S. Navy after graduation, serving from 1962 to 1969. He received his technical training through the Navy. On Oct. 18, 1969, he married Linda Michaud. After they married, they moved to Morrisville, Pa., where he started his 30-year career with Digital Equipment Corp and raised their family. They lived in Annapolis, Md., for five years, then in 1978 moved to Colorado Springs. Click for full obituary: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=William-Holdway&lc=4184&pid=147323008&mid=4481821&locale=en_US


**********************************December 15, 2010********************************

David J. Bouffard of Westford, MA, passed away on December 15, 2010 after a year-long battle with cancer.  Click here for entire obituary.

Contacts: Jane Bouffard - jb@stettner.com (cell: 978-303-7788), Mary Beth (DiRico) Russo - russo.marybeth@gmail.com, or Chick Ciccarelli - John.Ciccarelli@umb.edu

**********************************November 29, 2010********************************

Sir Maurice Wilkes with the Witch computer at the National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park, in 2009. (Photograph: John Robertson in The Guardian)

Submitted by Sam Fuller: Notice from the Computer Laboratory of Cambridge University


"It is with sadness that we announce the death of Sir Maurice Wilkes on November 29th, 2010. Sir Maurice, 97, one of the pioneers of British Computing, was Head of Department from 1946 until 1980. His contributions have been immense and long lasting, and he will be sorely missed."


Following Maurice Wilkes' retirement as Director of the Computer Lab. At Cambridge University, Gordon Bell invited him to come to DEC and for much of the 1980's Maurice was an employee of DEC and a valued colleague to many of us.  He is certainly one of the true pioneers of computing and it was one of the unique pleasures of working at DEC that many of us got to meet and know Maurice Wilkes.                  Click here for article about Sir Maurice Wilkes from The Guardian.

**********************************November 24, 2010********************************

Member Laura Burke reported the passing of Duane R. Dickhut from pancreatic cancer.  Duane was a VP  within Digital's Semiconductor and Personal Computer Business Unit. He was born Jan. 5, 1946, in Milwaukee. He retired and moved to Las Vegas in April 2004, where he and his wife started ComputerPros, LLC. Duane was an avid photographer who had a passion for photographing sunsets as well as being an audiophile for all genres of music. Duane is survived by his loving wife, of 41 years, Cynthia A. Dickhut; son, Chris D. (Ann) Dickhut of Milford, Mass; daughter, Jennifer (Ian) Saiki of Portland, Ore.; and two grandchildren, Becca and Cameron. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to The Hirshberg Foundation for PancreaticCancer Research.

**********************************November, 2010********************************

Our condolences to friends and family of Jack Del Brocco who worked in Phoenix AZ in the 1970s+.  Jack passed away during November 2010.  He had been battling leukemia for some time time.  Jack is shown here at a recent AZ Reunion. Sent in by Galen Davis and Dave Gretton.

**********************************November 2, 2010********************************

Our condolences to friends of Richard Duke from Colorado Springs, where he had worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer.  Here is a link to the obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=richard-kay-duke&pid=146443292

****************October 11, 2010*********************************


DEC Connection member Laura Harrington wrote to tell us of the passing of her husband Thomas Q. Harrington, 62, of Townsend MA.  Thomas worked as a manufacturing engineer in the Westminster facility and retired after 25 years from Digital prior to the Compaq merger.  See full obituary at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bennington/obituary.aspx?pid=145981738#fbLoggedOut

You can email Laura at harringtola4@live.com to express condolences.  Memorial contributions may be made to Mass Lions Eye Research, C/O PDG William T. Murphy, PO Box 6050, New Bedford MA 02742-6050.

**********************************October 2, 2010********************************

Our condolences to friends of Dick Rifflemacher from Colorado Springs.  Here is a link to the obituary:


**********************************September 30, 2010********************************

Sent in by Maria Schustak: Steven Douglas Schustak, devoted husband and father and long-time New Jersey resident, passed away in Maitland, Florida on Thursday, September 30, 2010. He was 53 years old. Steve graduated from West Orange High School, Class of 1975, and from Fairleigh Dickinson University with Highest Honors.   Photo from Steven's LinkedIn page: 14 years at Digital in Sales in NJ from 1983 to 1997, then at Compaq until 2001.

**********************************September 27, 2010********************************

Pat Molloy sadly shared the news of the unexpected death of friend Ron Bunker, and provided this Digital background: Ron was employed by DEC from 1971 – 1998. He started in Canada, and I know he was in sales and sales management there. He came to the US as North American Sales Programs Manager for A&SG, and took on ever increasing responsibilities with A&SG, including starting the entire DECDirect phone and catalog business, the first one in the industry. He was a District Sales Manager for the Target Sales Force, responsible for the Northeast. He then went to GIA where he held a number of positions, including Product Marketing and Managing Director of Sales & Marketing for the South Pacific Region (SPR). He moved back from Sydney to become VP of Worldwide Sales Operations, and then returned to Sydney as Managing Director of SPR, a position he held until he went to Citibank as Managing Director in 1998.

(left: Ron and wife Misty) Ron was a mentor to so many people he worked with, as well as a wonderful and loyal friend. I was fortunate to be his friend for 34 years. The world is a smaller place with him not in it.    

Link to obituary with memorial information.

UPDATE: Eulogy 1 from memorial service in Australia on Friday Oct. 15 - Mary Smith

         Eulogy 2 from memorial service in Australia on Friday Oct. 15 - Roy Gori, CEO Citibank

******************************September 24, 2010**********************************

Eileen White, now of Attleboro MA and wife of DEC Connection Member and Digital retiree Bob White of Framingham MA, wrote to tell us this sad news:

I just wanted to let you and all the DEC Retirees that my husband Robert B. White passed away on September 24, 2010 of renal failure. He worked as an Electronic Technician in Hudson, MA.    Memorial donations may be made to the Crohn’s Disease Foundation.  Here is a link to his obituary.

***************September 15, 2010**********************************

The family of Susan F. (Pelton) Appel of Hudson MA, a DEC Connection member, sent her obituary notice only days after the Mill Reunion.  At DEC, Sue was marketing professional.  Sue succumbed to ovarian cancer after a year-long battle.  Here is the link to the obituary from the Worcester Telegram.  Donations in Memory of Sue may be made to: Boston Ronald McDonald House, 229 Kent Street, Brookline, MA 02446.  Her family invites you to feel free to leave messages on Sue's blog at www.nanasuemom.blogspot.com

***************September 12, 2010**********************************

Submitted by a DECconnection member friend: "Sadly, Kent St.Vrain died on September 12, 2010, after battling cancer. I don’t know exactly how long Kent was at DEC, but I think it was about 16-18 years. He held a number of senior sales and marketing communications positions, including VP of the ADP Account. He was a dear friend to many of us, funny, irreverent, passionate in his beliefs, and an inspiration to all who knew him."  

Here is a link to the obituary.

***************July 16, 2010*********************************

Suzanne Skinner and David Gretton sadly report the recent death of David B. Cotton.  Dave had a long Digital career in Engineering Product Management, including Terminals Engineering for LA3x family printers and VIPS (Video, Imaging and Printing Systems). He was a very kind person who will be remembered fondly by friends and associates, many of whom he mentored during their careers at Digital. Click for obituary.

***************July 2, 2010*********************************

Friends of John P. Shanklin, who worked in Colorado Springs, report that he has passed away. John worked in the Engineering Operations Group for many years at Digital. He is survived by his wife "Cookie" and two daughters.  The family suggests that donations be made to Pikes Peak Hospice and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Link to obituary.

***************June 25, 2010*********************************

Dave Price reported the sad news that Roy Shiderly, who was a marketing manager for Ultrix in the Systems Software Base Product Marketing Group (SSGBPM), has died.  Link to the obituary.

***************June 11, 2010*********************************

Friends of Elizabeth Ridder, who worked in Colorado Springs, report that she passed away from cancer on June 11. She is survived by her husband Hans Ridder and 2 girls, Isabelle and Margaret. To extend your condolences to the Ridder family their address is 7906 172nd Place N.E., Redmond, WA 98052  -- Tammy Sandefur

***************May 21, 2010*********************************

Jacqueline Jackson, former Occupational Nurse at the Woburn facility in the 80’s died after a long illness on 5/21. She was a dear friend and will be missed.  -- Barbara Coleman Menefee

***************May 18, 2010*********************************

Friends of Bertha Williams, who worked on the RL line in Colorado Springs, report that she has passed away.

***************April 24, 2010*********************************

Reported by Ron Slayton: Nan(nette) Andrews Amish passed away on April 24, at the age of 58, after contracting pneumonia. Nan was born in Rochester NY and lived in El Granada CA for 11 years before moving to Half Moon Bay CA. She is survived by her sister, Roberta Guild and nephews, David and Daniel Guild. She will be missed by many friends on both coasts. Nan was a graduate of Brighton High School, Michigan State (BA) and The University of Michigan (MBA). She was a business speaker, teacher and consultant for over twenty years, and was past president of a chapter of the American Marketing Association, founder of the Nandrews Group, and active in the National Speakers Association. She taught at the University of San Francisco, Boston University and for the US military. In lieu of flowers, Nan requested that people send donations in her name to Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem MA 01970. 

****************April 23, 2010*********************************

Vic Valente and Dave Gretton report the passing of their friend, Steve Anderson (Stephen Gary Anderson), on April 23 after battling with stomach cancer.  Steve used to work in Jim Melvin’s group supporting the Far East manufacturing folks.  Link to obituary.

****************April 21, 2010*********************************

Sam Duncan sent in an obituary of his friend John H. Hackenburg.  John was an electrical engineer who worked for Digital for 25 years. 

Link to obituary.

****************April 7, 2010*********************************

Bill Barrows of Colorado Springs has passed away.  He was in Security/Locksmith. Our condolences to his family and many friends friends from CXO.

His obituary can be viewed at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=william-barrows&pid=141426435

****************March 3, 2010*********************************

J Victor "Vic" Hamburger, age 64, of Westborough, Massachusetts, passed on March 3, 2010. Worked at Parker Street and beyond.  link to full obituary.  Sent in by Bill Gordon.

****************February 7, 2010*********************************

John Francis Mucci, of Bolton and Stow MA, and of LDP and GSG while at Digital, passed away on February 7, 2010 at the age of 68. John was a charismatic, energetic, and brilliant man who will be missed by his two sons, Philip and David, Evelyn Neuberger (his partner since 2001), sister Germaine Dietz, brother Robert, and many friends and extended family.  He was predeceased by his wife Patricia in 2000.  Please see full obituary for memorial donation suggestions.  Link to full obituary from the Stow Independent.

Career Summary: John graduated from Penn State and earned a PhD in high-energy physics from Carnegie Mellon.  Shortly after he did post-doctoral work at Brookhaven National Lab. He joined DEC in 1967 as an engineer and moved to marketing in Laboratory Data Products and managing the Government Systems Group. Following his Digital career, in 1986, John joined the startup Thinking Machines in Cambridge MA and served as VP of Sales, Marketing and Technical Research.  He left in 1993 to form a new company, Continuum Software, serving the high-end technical computing market in business and web analytics.  He then co-founded SiCortex, the first green supercomputer company.

****************January 23, 2010*********************************

Carol Hymes wrote to tell us of the passing of her husband Bob Hymes.  Robert E. Hymes, 66 of Venice, FL and Acton, MA died January 23, 2010.  He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol Hymes; a daughter, Diane Matuzak and her husband John; a son, David Hymes and his wife Jennifer; a brother, James Hymes; and three loving granddaughters.  Bob worked in sales at ATG. He enjoyed his job and cared for those with whom he worked. He wanted to be remembered as a good father, good grandfather, and a good friend. He loved to cook and spend time with friends and family. He was loved deeply and will be missed dearly.  Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association.

****************November 13, 2009**************************************

Jim Higgins wrote to tell us of the passing of DECconnection member and friend, David W. Starratt.  Dave Starratt was a business unit manager at DEC, where he worked for 23 years (1969-1992). In 1995 he formed and directed Spatris Communications. Dave passed away from leukemia in MA in the fall of 2009. His quick wit and wry sense of humor will be missed. He had requested no obituary and no memorial service.

**************** November 10, 2009 ***********************************

Mark Lawrence and Rob Stubblefield of the CXO community reported the untimely passing of Phil Precord, as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic motorcycle accident.  Phil was a member of the GSC Storage ProActive team at HP's Rio Rancho Temporary site in Albuquerque. He leaves behind his wife Sherry, who is also employed at HP, as well as a son and a daughter. We offer our deepest condolences to Sherry and her family, and to Phil's CXO and Albuquerque HP friends, during this difficult time.

**************** October 17, 2009 ***********************************

Ed Schmidt, 59, of Amherst NH died Oct. 17, 2009, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. Following a career in electronics and computer technology at Kodak and Digital Equipment Corp., he founded EDI Ltd., a creative consulting company that he owned from 1993 until his retirement in 2006. Link to full obituary.  Sent in by Bill Gordon.

***********************October 11, 2009*********************************

OSSIPEE -- Dieter Vogelsang, 65, died Oct. 11, 2009, at his home after a brief illness with his family at his side. He was born in Platendorf, Germany, Jan. 30, 1944, to Martin and Ellen (Teffel) Vogelsang. As a young man, he moved to United States and settled in Hudson for many years before retiring to Ossipee. He owned and operated New Hampshire Precision in Nashua until pursuing his career in engineering at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he worked for 25 years.He enjoyed hunting, woodworking and spending time at home with his family, friends and pets. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who was cherished by his family.Members of his family, in addition to his mother of Westford, Mass., include his beloved wife of 39 years, Michelle (Beaulieu) Vogelsang of Ossipee; a son, Keith Vogelsang of Derry; a daughter, Christina Vogelsang of Ossipee; a granddaughter; a brother, George Vogelsang of Westford, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

************* September 17, 2009 *************************************

Jim McCarthy reports that John Forde of Sudbury, former MicroVAX and Storage Systems Product Manager, passed away on September 17, 2009 at home surrounded by his family. Survived by his devoted wife of 30 years, Sharon of Sudbury and his son Christopher of Jacksonville, Fla. Naval Air Base. John was a graduate of Boston College and was a Navy helicopter combat Search and Rescue pilot in Squadron HC-7 in Vietnam. He worked for Digital Equipment for 23 years. Donations in memory of John may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Prostate Research, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445.   Link to obituary in Boston Globe.

************* September 14, 2009 *************************************

Sharon Saegesser wrote to tell us about the passing of her husband, Mickey, member of the original Digital Retirees Association.

Mickey L. Saegesser, 67, passed away on Monday evening, September 14, 2009, at Renaissance Rehabilitation Center in Muncie. He was born December 7, 1941 in Shumway IL, the son of Charles and Lillian (Beals) Saegesser. Mickey married Sharon (Shepard) Saegesser, on June 20, 1965, in Christopher, IL. Mr. Saegesser was a veteran of the United States Navy serving his country from 1959-1962 and worked for a NASA contractor at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas during the Apollo moon missions. He took an early retirement from Digital Equipment Corporation in 1992 after an eighteen year career and then worked for various computer software companies until taking full retirement in 2001.  After retiring, he and his wife achieved their goal of visiting all 50 states, getting their final state, Alaska, in June of this year. He was a member of Union Chapel and enjoyed volunteering his time for church activities, including printing and preparing bulletins, working with the car repair group, and helping with maintenance and repair projects. He also enjoyed working in his yard and spending time with his grandchildren. Mickey was an avid do-it-yourselfer and was known to be able to fix anything that was broken. Family always said that he could have put Humpty Dumpty back together again had he been given the chance.  Survivors include his wife, Sharon; two sons, Marc (wife Vivian) Saegesser of West Chicago, Illinois and Brad (wife Jodie) Saegesser of Tawas City, Michigan, and one daughter, Susan Allen (husband Paul) of Muncie, Indiana, and grandchildren.  Memorial contributions can be made to the ALS Association of Indiana at 6525 East 82nd Street, Suite 115, Indianapolis, IN 46250 or on-line http://www.alsa.org/donate/.

************* July 24, 2009 *************************************

We are sad to report the death of Andy Knowles, former VP of Digital's Components Group, from complications following heart surgery, on July 24th. 

Link to Boston Globe obituary.

**************** July 11, 2009 *************************************

Jamie Lianides wrote: My mom, Jennie Lianides, who worked for Digital for a good many years, passed away on July 11, 2009.   Link to Worcester Telegram obituary.  Jennie was a DEC Connection member.  Condolences may be sent to Jamie at jamie.lianides@gmail.com.

**************** July 8, 2009 *************************************

Cole C. (ccsquared2@netzero.net) wrote to inform the group of the death of Dick Strait. Dick worked for many years in the Hardware Support group at CXO3 in Colorado Springs.  Funeral was July 9th.

**************** May 31, 2009 *************************************

Rob Stubblefield reported the sad news of the sudden death of one of the Colorado Springs alums, Sam Walter, who had just attended the CXO annual reunion on 24 April.  Sam is 2nd from left in this reunion photo.

Samuel R. Walter passed away on Friday, May 29, 2009, after a short illness. He was born to Wayne and Angel Walter in Kearney, NE, on January 21, 1946 and spent most of his formative years in Pueblo, CO. He served 4½ years in the U.S. Air Force before starting his college career at the University of Northern Colorado where he earned a B.S. in mathematics. He then taught high school in Morenci, AZ, for 3 years before returning to Colorado to obtain an M.A. in mathematics from Colorado State University. He spent his professional career working for several companies and retired from Quantum Inc as a senior data base administrator in 2008. Sam is survived by his wife, Anita, his son, Christopher (Renae), his daughter, Lindsey (Shawn), and grandsons. Sam loved spending time at the cabin, riding dirt bikes and teaching others how to ride. At home, he could be found in his shop building everything from entertainment centers to cradles.

**************** May 11, 2009 *************************************

After battling pulmonary fibrosis, Al Avery, Equinix co-founder and co-inventor of the neutral Internet exchange, has passed away. Avery passed on peacefully with his family at his side. His work at Equinix helped the Internet grow, and make the data center operating company home to the mission-critical infrastructure of more than 2,300 customers today. Avery retired from Equinix in 2003, and had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and had recently received a lung transplant.

Avery and Jay Adelson started Equinix in 1998 while working together as facilities managers at Digital Equipment Corporation, where they developed the idea for a neutral Internet exchange - a physical place for networks to exchange critical information. In the basement of the research and development department, they came up with plans that would later become the Palo Alto Internet Exchange or PAIX. In creating Equinix, Adelson and Avery brought together several guiding principles - equality, neutrality, and "eliminating the middleman." Their business vision was to pair major networks with interconnect content companies in data centers built not just for co-location but for exchanging traffic. Submitted by Maria Lombardo on 5/15/09.

**************** May 11, 2009 *************************************

James MIKE Holland died September 3, 2008. He started in Maynard with Al Bissel's group, then went out to Colorado Springs, CXO. He had a passion for Digital that stayed with him even after lay offs. He respected Ken Olson when he was pulling cable with rest of them during a big show in Boston. -- sent in by Mike's wife, Cheryl Holland, swmboo@msn.com, 5/11/09.

**************** March 29, 2009 *************************************

Joanne Jacobs and Ed Jaferian sent note about passing of Dennis Burke, who worked in Commercial Business and left Digital in 1980. Dennis Burke: After several years of living with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Dennis died peacefully at home, Sunday night, March 29th, with his family gathered around his bedside, in Ross, CA.  The Burkes (Patty, Peter, Paul, Amy and Jesse). 

**************** March 29, 2009 *************************************

Sent by husband Edward Steinfeld: Betty A. Steinfeld, 70, of Westford, Mass., died March 29, 2009 at home, surrounded by her family. A graduate of Morningside College, she spent much of her career editing technical publications for Digital Equipment Corp. and her daughter's publishing company, and was an award-winning indexer. She lived for many years in Westford, Mass. She was born in Whiting, Iowa, to Elsie (Merritt) and Archie Stubblefield. Family members include her husband of 45 years, Edward; daughter, Carol and her spouse Daniel Harper of New Bedford, Mass. Info: Carol Steinfeld, 978-760-0034, or carol@carol-steinfeld.com.

**************** March 2, 2009 *************************************

We are saddened to report that Aulikki (Mrs. Ken) Olsen passed away on March 2, 2009. The DEC Connection has sent condolences to the family, from our members.  Link to Mass High Tech obituary report.

Eeva-Liisa Aulikki Olsen, 84, the wife of Digital Equipment Corp. co-founder and long-time president Kenneth Olsen, died earlier this week, according to published reports.
Most of the time, Aulikki kept her distance from the business. But that doesn’t mean her behind-the-scenes role was unimportant. For instance, when Olsen sought startup funding from American Research & Development, the nation’s pioneer venture fund, General Doriot, its president, insisted on meeting Olsen’s wife — to take the measure of the couple and ascertain whether she would support an entrepreneur bent on challenging the computer industry.
Aulikki reportedly charmed the general and his key associate, Dorothy Rowe, helping to cement a cordial friendship that lasted another 30 years. And, according to the authors of The Ultimate Entrepreneur, a book which profiled Olsen and Digital at their peak, in the late 1980s, Olsen pursued his future wife, Eeva-Lissa Aulikki Valve, a Finnish exchange student he had first met through a mutual friend, with the same determination he later brought to building the second largest computer company in the world. Despite the brevity of their acquaintance while Aulikki was in the U.S., Olsen put his graduate school work on MIT’s Whirlwind computer aside long enough to fly to Europe and track down and court Aulikki. Olsen had to support himself by working in a Swedish ball bearing factory and then, when the two decided to marry, he had to get special permission from the State Department because of Finland’s ambiguous position in the cosmology of the cold war. They were married on Dec. 12, 1950, with Aulikki’s father, a Lutheran minister, officiating.
The two were married for 59 years had three sons, one of whom predeceased her. According to the obituary In the Indianapolis Star, she was born on Sept. 1, 1924, in Lahti, Finland, the daughter of Juho and Hilja Valve. She was a member of the Lotta Svaard, the women’s auxiliary of the Finnish Army in the 1939 Winter War with the Soviet Union. She later attended Valparaiso University. She died on March 2.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Project Mercy, 7011 Ardmore Avenue, Fort Wayne, Ind., 46809. Arrangements by Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center, Zionsville, Ind. Condolences may be sent to: www.flannerbuchanan.com.

******************************* January 11, 2009 ********************************


Our condolences to friends and family of Michael Hayes, Parker CO since 2002, who passed away on January 11, 2009 from heart disease complications. He received full military honors and is buried at Ft. Logan cemetery in CO.  His wife Diana can be reached at Diana L. Hayes, 22309 Pebble Brook Ln, Parker, CO 80138 and son Michael L. Hayes can be reached at mlhayes83@yahoo.com and www.linkedin.com/pub/michael-hayes/6/302/7ab

**************** December 12, 2008 *************************************

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Clarence N. (Nick) Ruse of Cape Canaveral, and formerly of Rye, N.H., died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. He is survived by his spouse, Sharon (Curtin) Ruse; son Kevin Patrick Ruse and his wife, Jessica; and grandson Connor Nicholas Ruse. The family appreciates the loving support of friends and family. There will be no services at Mr. Ruse's request.

**************** December 10, 2008 *************************************

Irwin (Jake) Jacobs:  Irwin "Jake" Jacobs, 71 passed away on the morning of December 10, 2008 at home in Naples with his wife Joanne by his side.  Under the wonderful care of AVOW Hospice, Jake lost his third and final battle with cancer.  Jake was born in Worcester, MA to Matilda (Kraut) and Meyer Jacobs. He is survived by his loving wife, Joanne (Haddad) of Naples, FL and Centerville.

Jake graduated from Classical High School in Worcester MA and Worcester Polytech (WPI) Class of '60 where he received his BS/EE. Jake was active within WPI Alumni and a member of the Alden Society. His generosity continued with Dana Farber Society in Boston for their efforts in his first battle with Non-hodgkins lymphoma in 1988.

Jake worked for many years with Digital Equipment Corporation and resigned as a Senior Vice President in 1982. He held many positions within the high technology industry and retired as President of DataViews Corporation in 1997. He was invited to join the board of Hologic in 1988 and served for 20 years. HOLX has grown in it's wonderful endeavors for women's healthcare and it is a tribute that Jake was very proud to have shared in.

Once Jake retired, his interest turned to music and he decided he would play a "happy instrument" by taking up the banjo at the age of 60. He joined the Marco Island Strummers and the Bonita Village Band and played many wonderful gigs and was instrumental in "marketing" the group while he created another wonderful circle of friends.

Donations in Jake's memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute on line at www.dfci.org - to WPI Alumni foundation at www.wpi.edu - or to AVOW Hospice and the wonderful nurses who helped Jake find his journey home. 

**************** November 19, 2008 *************************************

Walter (Wally) Easley: Walter Harold Easley, known as "Wally" to many of his friends, was born on April 22, 1945 and died on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, after a short, but brave fight against lung cancer. He has been a resident of Nashua, N.H., for 25 years. He worked at Control Data Institute, followed by Digital, Hewlett-Packard and most recently at SDI. Obituary and photo from the Nashua Telegraph: http://tinyurl.com/5zusmk

**************** October 30, 2008 *************************************

Penny Smith: I am sorry to say my mother, Priscilla (Penny) Posk Smith of 89 Summer St, Maynard MA passed away September 7th. Working at DEC for over 30 years was a big part of her life, of which she had many fond memories. -- Monica Baker, Templeton MA

(Webmaster: notes of condolence may be sent to her daughter Monica, mlbaker2068 @ comcast.net.)

**************** October 23, 2008 *************************************

Irving Burg: Reported by Jack Richardson and Bob Rennick: I am very sad to have to tell you that Irving Burg passed away yesterday afternoon at Pikes Peak Hospice, after a year-long illness. Irving was the original renting agent and facility manager of The Mill in Maynard when a couple of young engineers came looking for space to start a "digital equipment" company.  When DEC finally bought The Mill, Irving became an employee. He later managed the DEC facility in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Colorado Springs facility until his retirement in 1989, when he was flown to Maynard for his exit interview with Ken Olsen.

He is survived by his wife Marcia, who was the Food Editor of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and a nationally syndicated food columnist for many years before retirement, their sons Elliot and Larry Burg, and grandchildren.  The family has requested that any donations in Irving's memory be directed to Pikes Peak Hospice. Please pass this on to those who worked at DEC with Irving, or who worked alongside him and Marcia at their many volunteer activities, or who participated with them in their many social and recreational activities. Thanks, Bob Rennick   bob5benj@aol.com, 719-633-2663

**************** September 3, 2008 *************************************

Sergeant Major Ronald Thomas "Tom" McLellan, age 78, of Acton, Massachusetts, passed on September 3, 2008.  Worked at Parker Street, Acton Nagog, Chicago, and Marlboro. His wife, Laura, also had a long career at Digital. Link to obituary.

(Sent in by Bill Gordon.)

**************** August 27, 2008 *************************************

Al Bertocchi passed away suddenly yesterday morning, August 27.  I have no particulars at this time, but I wanted to pass the word along.  Al resided in The Pinehills master planned community located in the town of Plymouth, MA.  Ironically, The Pinehills, which consists of 3,000 acres of land, was once owned by DEC and was sold to Pinehills LLC in the late 90's.  (Sent in by Mike Babini.)

**************** August 18, 2008 *************************************

Sad news reported by Pat Baker about the death of Al LaChance, of Shrewsbury MA from his daughter Melissa:

Dad died late Saturday night very unexpectedly from a massive heart attack. Thanks, Melissa LaChance Bircks

**************** June 18, 2008 *************************************

The HP Connection printed a Tribute to Jim Derby of Hudson MA in their July 27th e-newsletter.  Jim was the executive driver for Ken Olsen and Board Member Dorothy Rowe and managed the Executive Auto Service program and a fleet with 10 drivers.  He was a very popular guy and will be missed by family and friends.

**************** May 31, 2008 *************************************

We just learned of the untimely death of DEC Connection member Dave Symmes on May 31, from a heart attack.  Dave had recently celebrated his 40th anniversary of service to DEC/HP. Our condolences to out to his family and many friends.  Click here to read the tribute to Dave in the 26 June 2008 HP New England Initiative e-newsletter.

**************** May 30, 2008 *************************************

Dick Soeldner wrote in to the sad news about two former DEC friends: Two of my former co-workers passed away recently - both former DECcies from years ago:
in April, Marge Krause, worked at the Mill back in the late 50's or early 60's, from complications of cancer; in May, Jim Goguen, worked at several different DEC locations in (I believe) the 70-80's, from a brain tumor.

**************** May 2, 2008 *************************************

Member Paul Coviello wrote in to report the passing of Bill Shively on May 2nd in Concord NH.  Bill had worked in NIO, the Salem NH manufacturing plant, and the old Derry NH plant.

**************** April 15, 2008 *************************************

We were saddened to learn that Richard (Dick) Hustvedt, husband of Audrey Reith (another DECcie), passed away recently.  Dick was one of the premier architects on VAX/VMS with Dave Cutler.  He had a very serious automobile accident in 1984 and had been in re-hab and a nursing home ever since. - Reported by our Board Member Jack Mileski, who also worked with Dick at Scientific Data Systems in the 1970s. 

Boston Globe obituary: Richard I. Hustvedt Of Concord, MA, April 15. Beloved husband of Audrey R. Reith. Father of Richard Eric B. Hustvedt of Cambridge & Marc S. Russell Hustvedt of Los Angeles, CA. Brother of David Hustvedt of Boulder, CO. Veteran of the US Army. Mr Hustvedt was a renowned computer software engineer, having been employed by Digital Equipment Corp in Maynard, MA from 1974 onwards. He was one of the original architects & developers of the VAX/VMS Operating System, DEC's flagship product for many years. Contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice. For obituary & online guestbook visit www.deefuneralhome.com Dee Funeral Home of Concord 978-369-2030 Family Owned Since 1868. Published in the Boston Globe on 4/20/2008. http://www.wickedlocal.com/concord/news/obituaries/x544087089/Richard-I-Hustvedt

************************** April 14, 2008 ********************************


Allison Preece,a 10-yeear DECcie, wrote to us on the 10th year anniversary of her father's passing: 

"My father, Royston C. Preece, Reading MA, originally was from Bristol, England. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Royston came to America to work at John F. Kennedy’s Hideaway. He later worked and retired at DEC as a senior consultant engineer, co-founded the Digital Credit Union & had a brick with his name engraved on it in Maynard. Royston was a brilliant man, with no ego at all. He devised the duplex printer & spent a great deal of time in Marlboro at the bubble's testing site. When I'd visit him at the mill, I'd routinely get lost thruout the winding hallways. His coworkers would tell me if I had just this much - showing two tight fingers spaced a bit apart - of his brilliance. And they'd tell me - it's like a party when Royston is here. A lovely, gentleman who I miss dearly." Allison can be reached at allison_preece@yahoo.com Full obituary here.

**************** August 24, 2007 *************************************



James F. Cost, 77, of 18 Gates Lane, Northborough, formerly of Sudbury and Dartmouth, died Monday, August 13, 2007 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington following an illness. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Adrienne Cost; a daughter, Cheryl Cost of Grafton; a son, James H. Cost and his wife, Donna, of Lancaster...Born in South Amboy, N.J., he was the son of the late Fred and Hattie (Drumright) Cost. James was a veteran who served in the Navy during the Korean War. James attended Drexel College in Philadelphia where he received his B.S. in Engineering. He went on to receive his M.B.A. from Lesley College in Cambridge. James was a Professional Engineer and worked for Digital for 13 years before retiring in 1992. He was a recreational pilot and loved to tell jokes and make people laugh. He was a Mason and member of the H. Howland, Jr. Lodge AF & AM located in New Bedford, MA. James was a volunteer at the Northborough Senior Center. He loved his family and will be dearly missed. For condolences sent to his spouse email address ahc0544@charter.net - sent to us by daughter Cheryl at Cheril999@aol.com.

**************** June 7, 2007 *************************************

It has been some time since I first notified all of you about my father Charlie Newall’s passing back in Sept. 12th, 2006. I wanted to forward an update to all of those DECies who did contribute to the church bell tower project my father was working on at the time of his death, and something his wife Linda felt would be a great way to remember him.

Once again my fellow DECies have come through and shared your fellowship, and I know my father would be so proud of all of you that contributed something in his name. The Star of the Sea Church in Marblehead MA received approximately $4,000 dollars from DECies from around the world, even from those who did not of know my father, but because he was part of a culture that recognized all those who were part of something much bigger.

I know he is smiling down on all of you who cared so much to remember him. For my father and me, I would like to personally thank everyone, and say God Bless you for caring so much. The name Digital Equipment Corporation may no longer exist in the computer world, but the culture, friendships, and comraderie that it created will live long into the future. My thanks to all. Scott Newall – Marketing Manager, MLO snewall@verizon.net

**************** March 17, 2007 **********************************

We sadly report that one of our members, John Duffy of Gettysburg PA, passed away at the age of 64 on March 15th. If you wish to contact his family, son Alec can be reached at alecnathan@yahoo.com.

*********************************  November 25, 2006 *********************************
Barbara J. Weinbrenner, age 67, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1978 and formerly of Billerica, Massachusetts, died on November 25, 2006 after a most admirable battle against cancer. She was a retired secretary. She married Harry E. Weinbrenner on October 7, 1967 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Harry Weinbrenner passed away on September 24, 1996.

**************************  October 25, 2006  **************************

 Geri Herreid, Peder's wife, wants to inform former friends and co-workers of his death.  "When my husband passed away four years ago, I wanted to send notification of his passing, but didn't know how.  Peder H. Herreid worked for DEC in various capacities from 1975-1993.  Probably, the most fun time in his career was when he was a manager at the DEC plant in San German, Puerto Rico.  The company sent the entire family (with 5 children) to live there for almost 3 years.  We had such a great time.  The other DECie's were like family. Thanks!

Wisconsin phone:  262-594-3082, Email address:  grherreid@wi.rr.com

************************** October 4, 2006 **************************

We are saddened to report the death on Sept. 12th of Charles Newall, PWB Andover, who worked in Andover. Charlie's son, Scott, also a DECCie, reports that his dad passed away following a heart attack.  Scott writes: "My father, like me, loved working at Digital. When I took home his personal effects from the hospital the other day, his retiree DEC badge was still in his wallet. That's how proud he was. He still has pictures of friends and co-workers from DEC still hanging over his desk. He would often say that the years he spent there working at Digital were the most rewarding of his career.

 If any of his friends and colleagues would like to remember my father, or would like to make a contribution in his name, he was working diligently to raise money to restore the church bell tower from years of weather damage. So we are trying to continue his hard work by raising funds to finish the repairs. His widow is Linda Newall, 36 Central Street, Marblehead, MA 01945 781-631-6904 His Church is - Our Lady Star of the Sea, Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945 (Attention) Father Steel."

Our sincere condolences go out to Scott, Linda, and the rest of Charlie's family. Scott can be reached at snewall@verizon.net.

**************************  June 27, 2006  **************************

In Memoriam: Richard Harrison of Ayer, DRA Chapter 1776 Member

We are saddened to report the passing of Rich Harrison.  Click on this link to see the obituary.  

**************************  June 1, 2006  ****************************

      In Memoriam:  Alan Kotok, Digital Consulting Engineer for 30 years

Alan was a highly respected Corporate Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation for more than thirty years, and holds several patents. He was the chief hardware architect of the KA-10, a 36-bit time-sharing computer introduced in the late 1960s.  Most recently he was the Associate Director of the World Wide Web consortium, working for Sir Tim Berners-Lee at their M.I.T. headquarters in Cambridge.
Alan was a kind and interesting person with diverse recreational interests. He was an expert bridge player; he was fond of early music, and was also an expert on the construction of early pipe organs in various countries.  He had a wide range of technological interests, from steam locomotives to telephone switching systems.    See the Wikipedia profile online for more.

Here is a link to the Boston Globe article about Alan's life and contributions to technology.

 **************************  April 2, 2006  ****************

Ernie Glenn Jan 14, 1937 – April 2, 2006 Ernie Glenn, Jr. 69, passed away April 2, 2006. He leaves to cherish his precious memories, his wife, Annette of 22 years, his son Darryl Glenn and his daughter Kim from Springfield, OH, six grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Ernie retired from the U.S. Air Force after almost 22 years of service to his country. He then went on to work and retire from Digital Equipment Corporation where equal opportunity employment was one of his most passionate causes. Eric was also an avid community leader who dedicated numerous hours to revitalizing the Elks Club Lodge #473. Ernie and is wife also owned and operated two local clubs, The Shadow Glenn Lounge and the Alumni in Colorado Springs, CO. Ernie also taught history at the Tutmost Academy and District 11 Schools and classes at Peterson Air Force Base. Ernie is known by many throughout the Colorado Springs community as a compassionate and giving person and will be greatly missed.

******************************* October 2005 ********************************

Sent in by Bob Schaumann in June 2014: Condolences to friends and family of Gerry Felski, who was with the Corporate Sales Training Group in Merrimack, NH (MKO). Gerry was the manager for the SELL (Sales Excellence Learning Laboratory), working for Chet Bowles. I am a bit fuzzy on the dates, but I believe that Gerry worked from 1983 to around 1997, a victim of the corporate downsizing. Gerry passed away in October of 2005 and is survived by his widow, Kathy, and daughter, Karen, and son, Matthew.

**************************   September 5, 2004  *******************

Jack's friend and co-worker, Janice Kendall, sent in the obituary of her manager and friend John "Jack" L. Harrigan, who passed away in 2004.  Jack was 79 years old and lived in Pawleys Island SC at the time of his death.  Janice says that she worked for Jack at the Maynard Mill as his secretary in the Board Shop and later when he was the Plant Manager back in the 70s.  Jack had an impressive academic career including Princeton, followed by serving in World War II, then earned degrees from Yale and Harvard Business School.   Jack worked for Digital for 28 years before retiring to SC..  Link to full obituary.

**************************   August 4, 2004  *******************

In 2023, Bill Gordon sent in a just-discovered obituary of a former manager, J.D. (Jim) Mills, of Menlo Park CA, who died tragically in a bicycling accident in 2004.  Bill  worked for Jim when he headed up in in-house software services (ISWS) group at Parker St.   Link to full obituary.

**************************   1998  ****************

Reed Murray was a DEC employee for 20+ years before he passed away in 1998 in Maryland. He worked on tape storage units among other products. Sent in by Benjamin Murray, Reed's son, in May 2020, who is looking for more info about his dad.  Email Ben at mellamoben@gmail.com.

 **************************  September 24, 1996  ****************

Harry Weinbrenner of Colorado Springs (CXO) passed away on September 24, 1996.

**************************  October 23, 1995  ****************

Amos Hamburger, age 54, of Lancaster, Massachusetts, passed October 23, 1995. Worked at Parker Street and beyond. Programmer, database specialist, and technical instructor.  Link to obituary.  Sent in by Bill Gordon.

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