peter at world.std.com
Wed Sep 26 22:46:07 AEST 1990
Tom Strong died a few days ago, after a battle with
lung cancer and a brain tumor.
In 1982, when the USENIX Association moved to the Bay
Area from New York, Tom was part of the management
company retained to manage the office (he was the
Strong of Penny, Penny and Strong). When the Association
decided to actually hire a staff of its own, Tom stayed
on and acted as Executive Director for several months
prior to the appointment of Jim Ferguson in 1985.
>From 1982 through the July/August 1990 issue, Tom has
been the Managing Editor, the Production Editor and
the typesetter of ;login:. Every USENIX workshop
proceedings from Graphics 1985 through Mach
(which has not yet appeared) passed
through his hands. Computing Systems from its inception
through 3.3 (which is in the mails) was set by Tom.
Through my three years as Executive Director, I worked
closely with Tom: membership renewals, election materials
(for the 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1990 elections), manual
and tape order forms -- even the most trivial printing
was treated with a seriousness and care that was lavished
on major efforts like the journal.
Tom was an outdoorsman who would periodically appear in
my office with a fish; it was he who established the
opening day of trout season as a USENIX holiday.
The Association (and the UNIX community as a whole) will
miss Tom. So will his widow and family to whom I, on
behalf of the many thousands who knew Tom's work, offer
Peter H. Salus
The difference between practice and theory in practice is always
greater than the difference between practice and theory in theory.
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