[TUHS] RIP Dennis Ritchie

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Thu Oct 13 23:36:25 AEST 2016


As you now realize, Dennis left us 5 years ago after a long illness.  The
Labs had a wonderful memorial that I was lucky enough to be able to
participate.  The theme of the event was "Simply Genius."   My words are
that he was a remarkable person and I'm so glad to have known him.

BTW: I suspect your mistaking of the timing of his demise as being more
recent would have made him smile.   Just as he did when he discussed
Harvard never actually conferring his PhD due to a bureaucratic issue (a
number of people have tried to get this corrected even after setting up a
chair in honor but so far I do not believe the administration has relented).

Anyway - I agree that he was simply a genius.   We all lost a great man and
magnificent human being when he left us, and I miss talking to him.


On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 1:43 AM, Paul Osborne <pao at mogwog.org> wrote:

> Wired is reporting this morning that Dennis has passed away.
> :(
> Paul
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