Farewell, and Thank You.
Jim's Ph.D. advisor, Richard Newton, Dean of Berkeley's College of Engineering and legend in the EDA industry, having been one of the first developers of SPICE (a groundbreaking circuit simulator program) and involved with the founding of Cadence, Synopsys, and countless other companies including HOTorNOT, sadly passed away yesterday. There is a blurb about him on the EE Times website.
Although I didn't know him as well as Jim got to, he always struck me as an ideal role model. Super smart, but also a really really cool guy. About as undorky as a superstar engineer could ever be. Super personable, and a great mentor who was always willing to help us out when needed. For instance, when we first launched the site, and we stuck it on Berkeley's network... when we got caught, richard made sure they didn't cut us off until we found a suitable alternative. That's the kind of guy he was.. super cool.
This is a great loss for Berkeley, for Silicon Valley, and for everyone who ever had the privilege to meet and know Richard. He will be sadly missed.
Richard, thank you for your guidance and help over the years.