W. Richard Stevens passes on...

Mircea Ciocan (mirceac@interplus.ro)
Sun, 05 Sep 1999 01:17:56 +0300

To my great shock I see on slashdot.org that the man who wrote the
books that learned me most of what I know about networks and Unix
programming is gone.
I still don't have my words back, all what what I can put here is a
link to his home page and a obituary taken from a classified page.

RIP Richard
WRS home page:

STEVENS, W. Richard, noted author of computer books died on September
1. He is best known for his ``UNIX Network Programming'' series (1990,
1998, 1999), ``Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment'' (1992),
and ``TCP/IP Illustrated'' series (1994, 1995, 1996).
Richard was born in 1951 in Luanshya, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia),
where his father worked for the copper industry. The family moved to
Salt Lake City, Hurley, New Mexico, Washington, DC and Phalaborwa, South
Africa. Richard attended Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro,
Virginia. He received a B.SC. in Aerospace Engineering from the
University of Michigan in 1973, and an M.S. (1978) and Ph.D. (1982) in
Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona. He moved to Tucson
in 1975 and from then until 1982 he was employed at Kitt Peak National
Observatory as a computer programmer. From 1982 until 1990 he was Vice
President of Computing Services at Health Systems International in New
Haven, CT, moving back to Tucson in 1990. Here he pursued his career as
an author and consultant. He was also an avid pilot and a part-time
flight instructor during the 1970's. He is survived by his loving wife
of 20 years, Sally Hodges Stevens; three wonderful children, Bill, Ellen
and David; sister, Claire Stevens of Las Vegas, NV; brother, Bob and
wife Linda Stevens of Dallas, TX; nieces, Laura, Sarah, Collette,
Christy; and nephew, Brad. He is predeceased by his parents, Royale J.
Stevens (1915-1984); and Helen Patterson Stevens (1916-1997). Helen
lived in Tucson from 1991-1997, and Royale lived here in the early
1930's attending Tucson High School while his father was treated for TB
at the Desert Sanitorium (now TMC).
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Richard's
name to Habitat for Humanity, 2950 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85713. A
memorial service for Richard will be held at St.
Phillip's in the Hills Episcopal Church on Tuesday, September 7th at
12:00 noon. Following the service there will be a reception in the
Murphy Gallery of the Church. Please wear colorful clothing
to the service; Richard loved colors.

Oh God, how I wish that this is just an other sick Internet hoax .

Mircea C.
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