I just received word that Herb Grosch passed away, on January 18. I wrote about him last April, as one of the original “wild ducks” at IBM.
As was often said about him, Herb knew everybody–including Ronald Reagan, to whom he explained the workings of a General Electric computer. And everybody knew him. That is not entirely true, as a younger generation of scholars never had that opportunity. I count myself among the lucky ones to have known him, although not as well as those who were present at the creation of electronic computing.
Herb could be a real pain to have around–I have at least one or two stories that I could tell, from the time when he was a research fellow at the Smithsonian. Now that he is gone, I really miss him.
So long, Herb.