Message #1 Posted by db (martinez, ca.) on 1 Sept 2010, 4:38 p.m.
Ted Kerber, the Land Surveyor who wrote the D'zign programs for the 65, 67, 41, 42, 48 & 50 series calculators died a couple of days ago, in the arms of his wife Phyllis, after a long battle with cancer. Many of you here met Ted and Phyl (who is also a surveyor) at the San Jose and San Diego HHCs. Many more used his work. His signature was writing routines for unusual applications like the barnet's spiral and tunneling for handheld calculators - and back when there were no programs to do that at all.
I'm wrote out, so i'll just copy part of what i wrote to Phyllis here:
Ted is irreplaceable, in different ways, to all of us. Besides the thousands that used his programs daily; he was a mentor and teacher to more surveyors than i will ever know. He was a great teacher too - i've still got his red pencil all over my apprentice papers. I won't make those mistakes again, and i'll know how - because he took the time to explain why.
He was a great man and a fine human being in a line of work, and world, where neither of those is obligatory. In everything, Ted exceeded his specifications.
If you have any stories or memories of Ted, i'm sure that the family would enjoy hearing them. You could send them to email@example.com or look up the real world address at the D'zign website.
Sorry to have this bad news to give - den belillo