In Memory of Friends and Colleagues
Jeff Fox died at 62 of a heart attack some time
before 1030 PDT this morning (May 4, 2011), at his home in Berkeley. His
ex-wife Jane, who had been helping him take good care of himself, came back
from an hour's errands to find him slumped over his computer. She called for
medical assistance and immediately applied CPR but apparently it was just too
long after the event. This was a surprise as Jeff's recovery from an earlier
episode of congestive heart failure had apparently been going very well.
Jeff asked to be cremated and will share his back yard
with his cat.
Jane said that Jeff specifically did not want a memorial
or anything. We can each remember him in our own ways, together or apart as
Reported by Greg Bailey
Notice in San Francisco Chronicle
Dave Boulton died on Saturday, October 10,
"There will be a service for Dave at 1 pm on Friday,
October 23rd. It will be held in the Pacific Chapel at Skylawn. I hope each of
you can spread the word and bring as many of Daves associates to the
service I would love to have a full house."
"Skylawn is located on Highway 92 at Skyline Blvd."
"We need to have photos to place into the guest book and
put on display at the service. As Dave is being cremated the urn will be at the
service. If I have not already told you, he donated his cornea so that 2 more
people in the world will have sight."
- Dave's cousin Bette
- Memorial Invitation - 233
- Memorial Card - 243 Kb
- Send condolences to:
- Bette Daoust
- bjdaoust -at- vervial.com
The Forth Interest Group (FIG) was started by Bill
Ragsdale, Kim Harris, John James, Dave Boulton, Dave Bengel, Tom Olsen, and
Dave Wyland. They introduced the concept of a FIG Forth Model, a
publicly available Forth system that could be implemented on popular computer
Dave and Sandy Bumgarner worked at
Jef Raskin's Information
Appliance where he programmed all of the many printer drivers for the
Dave was credited with the phrase: Never trust a
computer which you cannot lift.
Dave wrote a
program for the Jupiter Ace.
Here is what Dave wrote about himself on December 9,
"I did a big push for cell phone browsers a few years
back at Openwave Systems, then I took
some time off. I'm now working up to a new generation of wireless internet
Don Colburn died on the morning of September 30,
2009 while undergoing a cardio-cath procedure to diagnose and repair damage to
A Memorial Service to celebrate Don's life was held on
Sunday, October 4th at 6pm at the Unity of Fairfax (2854 Hunter Mill Road,
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the
Here is what Don wrote about himself and his
contribution to the Forth community on July 2, 2009:
"I wrote a Forth block I/O PerSci floppy interface for
Bill Ragsdale and Bob Selzer's Jolt Computer 6502 Forth project, and in
exchange for writing two articles in Dr. Dobbs on Selzer's 6502 assembly
development system, got a copy to run on my own
"I wrote a Forth-77 standard 8080 CP/M Forth system that
was the basis for MSI Data's hand held computers. I used this to target compile
the first 68000 Forth system in 1979. This was followed by 68000 MultiFORTH,
distributed by HP on their desktop computer line. In the mid-1980s, MacForth, a
fully featured Forth system for the Macintosh sold over 12,500 copies, and
taught a whole new generation of programmers how to use menus, windows, and
"My company, Creative Solutions, Inc., went on to
develop Macintosh I/O devices. In 1995, I sold Creative Solutions, and retired.
I have had MS for 30 years now, and although confined to a electric wheelchair
(an iBot), I still get around pretty well."
"Forth encourages a scalable, interactive, incremental,
reliable, and testable engineering approach that has, and always will influence
my hardware and software designs. It has enabled me to do some absolutely
"I have recently started up a new company, 3D Metal
Parts, Inc. that repurposes 6-axis industrial robots with a plasma torch for
flexible just-in-time manufacturing of 3D metal parts."
Trace Carter, Skip's wife, died suddenly on June
6th, 2006 of a brain hemorrhage resulting from the rupture of an unknown - to
them - vascular anomaly. She ran the FIG office during Skip Carter's time as
FIG President and handled all the membership, fulfillment, and sales.
Notes from Trace's
Memorial Service at the Unity Church of Monterey Bay - Saturday, June 24th,
Min Moore, Chuck's wife, passed away January
11, 2006. In addition to being the wife of the inventor of the Forth
programming language and the mother of their son, Eric, she taught and
practiced weaving and spinning at Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay. A recent
newsletter memorializes her contributions
Bob passed away on May 5, 1999. He was the primary
organizer of the annual FORML Conference, editor of the Homebrew Computer Club
Newsletter, co-organizer of the first West Coast Computer Faire, and a past
President of the Forth Interest Group.
Lee Felsenstein reflects on
In Memory of Friends and
Colleagues on SVFIG website.