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  • Aug 26, 2011 12:31am

    I am very sad to hear about the news. I had the opportunity to work with Ken at Sun Microsystems for many years. We had many great discussions on CORBA and his ideas on how to best streamline the delivery of the technology into both the Java SDK and GlassFish. I will always remember Ken as a calm, meticulous and wonderful engineer and a special person.
    My condolences to his family and all his friends.

    Tony Ng

  • Aug 26, 2011 12:19am

    Ken was one of the most talented engineer I meet at Sun. I have fond memories of collaborating with him briefly during GlassFish v2 days. We were looking at clustering and high availability architecture and needed his help with IIOP clustering. Ken was our CORBA expert and knew what he was doing. He was a joy to work with.

    May you rest in peace. We will miss you.

    Nazrul Islam

  • Aug 25, 2011 11:48pm

    I remember Ken as calm, kind, patient. A guy with enormous breadth and depth. And who didn't need to impress anyone of that. He knew.

    I remember Ken as someone who was always there for you and Ian. People talk of priorities; he lived them.

    And I remember him as straight ahead. What you saw was what you got. No pretension, no bs, no drama, no posturing, but a little dry humor, a sense of who he was.

    What is a life? I could hear him remark on that now. A few words; a dry, droll, pithy remark, that later you realized had other meanings.

    For me, Ken's life speaks for itself.

    Jon Krueger

  • Aug 25, 2011 10:35pm

    I never had the fortune of working with Ken, and, in fact I only met him on those rare times that I was able to travel to Santa Clara for GlassFish kickoff meetings.  However, on those times I definitely got a feel that Ken was one of the good ones. 

    My mother in law passed away from cancer in November, and I was very thankful for the help of hospice care.  But I have to say that the decision to go the hospice route was very hard to make. 

    Ken, my thoughts and prayers go out to your family, I am sure you are leaving them well loved and taken care of.

    I hope your family finds peace in the knowledge that you are in a better place.

    Ed Burns

  • Aug 25, 2011 10:28pm

    I'm very sad to hear about the news.  Ken was a great person and a great engineer.  I enjoyed very much all our conversations, be them about software, music, or life.  My condolences to his family, and to all his friends and relatives.

    Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart

  • Aug 25, 2011 10:26pm

    You are responsible for making my dream come true of joining Sun
    Microsystems. You may not remember but you was one of my interviewers
    and I was extended the offer to join Sun, thank you very much for
    believing in me!

    I still remember my early days of working with you, Max, Sanjeev
    Krishnan, Harold Carr, David Heiser, Peter Walker, Bonnie Kellett, Steve
    Nahm, and every body else in the CORBA land. I really enjoyed working with you. Your calm
    & composed nature under all circumstances and amazing amount of
    knowledge is just astounding and a lesson to everybody around.

    Even though we never worked together after that but you are one of the
    finest engineers that GlassFish team has ever had and I've ever
    personally known. I've always heard great comments about you from
    everybody else as well.

    May your soul rest in peace and prayers for your family!

    Arun Gupta

  • Aug 25, 2011 8:36pm

    Ken was a such a phenomenal engineer - I used to be in awe of his technical expertise in a tremendously complicated area that he handled.
    He was a better than phenomenal human being - every interaction (mostly questions from me) were handled by him with such grace and humility. He was fun to be around with as well and I was always amazed that he had deep insights in every topic that anybody ever discussed.
    I am so sorry for your loss!- Harpreet

    Harpreet Singh

  • Aug 25, 2011 8:24pm

    I am very sorry and saddened by Ken's passing as it was way too soon.  Ken was an extremely gifted engineer, generous with his time with his fellow employees, and more importantly, he was a wonderful person.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Ken's family.
    Regards,Lance Andersen

    Lance Andersen

  • Aug 25, 2011 8:08pm

    Hi Ken,

    I remember you well. You are a special person. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!

    Tom Kincaid

  • Aug 25, 2011 7:52pm

    What a lovely way to spend time together, I'm so happy you had this special moment together. I only wish you both had more time together. Take care, you are in my thoughts. My heart breaks for you and Ian right now.

    Trish Fuzesy

  • Aug 25, 2011 7:34pm


    My heart goes out to you an Ian. No words can express the sadness and the shock...
    It was a privilege knowing Ken, working with him, and learning from him. I always admired his attention to details and technical excellence, his calm, and not accepting short-cuts. He was a fun person to be around. May his memory be a blessing.

    Marina Vatkina

  • Aug 25, 2011 7:22pm

    I'm deeply sorry to hear the news.  Ken was a wonderful person, a great colleague, and an intelligent engineer.

    It's a great loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Harshad Vilekar

  • Aug 25, 2011 6:59pm


    You epitomized technical excellence, infinite patience, attention to detail and respect towards your colleagues. You endured so many stupid and naive technical questions on CORBA from me ... thank you for that. I have learnt so much from you and I will always remember you for these qualities.  You will be missed so much

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God give them strength to bear this huge loss

    Rest in peace my friend

    -Dhiru Pandey

    Dhiru Pandey

  • Aug 25, 2011 6:59pm

    I had worked with Ken for many years and will always remember Ken as a wonderful person and as a brilliant engineer. I had the privilege to have worked with such a wonderful person like him.
    I pray to God to give his family the courage and strength to get through this tough time. 
    Mahesh Kannan

    Mahesh Kannan

  • Aug 25, 2011 6:55pm

    There is no word that can describe such a loss. I always envied Ken's qualities, especially his patience, dedication and desire to help others. I remember working with him back in Cupertino, and it has been a long and interesting ride over the years as we shared technical interests. 
    This is a very sad day for us here at Sun/Oracle. He will live in our memories. 
    Jerome Dochez

    Jerome Dochez

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