[SIGCIS-Members] Jean Sammett passes away

James Cortada jcortada at umn.edu
Tue May 23 10:21:10 PDT 2017

Oh my.  Anyone who knew her personally will stop what they are doing for a
moment to contemplate this force of nature.  Not the easiest person to work
with, but she know how to get things done and was confident.  I first met
her a few years after she published her book on software languages and was
very encouraging in picking up the history of IT.  She kept an eye on
history, saving many of her files--yes she was a wonderful pack
rat--records that I hope will become available to historians and about a
lot more than COBOL and her role in its emergence.  Her death is a sad
event indeed.  Jim Cortada

On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 11:35 AM, Dag Spicer <dspicer at computerhistory.org>

> A true legend… who just recently made it into “Glamor” magazine, of all
> things!
> Jean Sammet passed away on May 21, 2017 at the age of 88.
> http://www.glamour.com/story/when-jean-e-sammet-learned-to-
> code-steve-jobs-was-still-in-diapers
> Dag
>> Dag Spicer
> Senior Curator
> Computer History Museum
> 1401 N Shoreline Blvd
> Mountain View, CA  94043
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James W. Cortada
Senior Research Fellow
Charles Babbage Institute
University of Minnesota
jcortada at umn.edu
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