Loren Ross Mahannah
I am sad to report the passing of one of my best friends and former Boole employee, Loren Ross Mahannah.
Ross started at Boole and Babbage at about the same time I left, in 1979. I got to know him a few years later when we both worked together at Masstor. It wasn't until about 8 years ago when I needed some help with a problem, that I discovered what a true friend and incredible human being Ross was.
Since Ross was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just a few months ago, his brother Steve has been staying with Ross at his home in Belmont.
Since Ross's father died a few years ago, Ross had his mother move in with him and among other activities they did the New York Times crossword puzzles almost every day.
Ross enjoyed playing chess and his expertise was a factor in my getting more serious about it a few years ago.
Ross had always researched health/fitness literature, exercised regularly and always tried to eat the right foods. He loved life and frankly didn't think it was fair for him to be aflicted with this disease for which there is no known cure.
Ross and I went to see the musical Caberet and to the symphony together earlier this year before he had been diagnosed. Before the play, we even had dinner at Coco's (where many of us ate lunch almost weekly in our Boole days.)
My last email to Ross was to send him the links to the Boole Reunion pictures.
I'm sure Ross's brother Steve will continue to monitor Ross's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For anyone who wants to send a card, Ross's address was:
1114 Ross Street
Belmont, CA 94002
I will miss Ross, my true friend, very much.