I am very sorry to report that Greg Chesson, of Ahteros, SGI, Bell Labs, and most recently Google, has died after an illness. Last year he received the Univ. of Illinois Alumni Award for Distinguished Service from the College of Engineering (https://cs.illinois.edu/news/chesson-receives-alumni-award-distinguished-service). His role in the early days of UNIX development was too extensive to even begin listing here. I fondly remember hanging out with Greg at Bell Labs Murray Hill when I'd come east to visit. Back in the day, he had a featured role in a Bell Labs recruiting video, linked to this post. He will be greatly missed. Condolences and best wishes to his loved ones. Peace.
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- I worked with Greg and SGI and at Google. He was a wonderful person, always ready with interesting conversation, and with the ability to make other people feel as intelligent as he was. My condolences to his family.Aug 17, 2015
- i first saw Greg in 1975 at the El Mocambo during one of the greatest live shows i've ever scene: Wayne Cochran and the CC Riders. Greg was one of the CC Riders, playing drums. I first met Greg in 1989-ish but it took us until around 2005 (at Greenmeadow pool) to work out that we are in the same building at the same time in 1975.. oh my...Aug 18, 2015
- Jacqueline, I met you in your home when I was in CA for a wedding. Your dad took my husband and I to dinner that evening. I am a cousin, originally from NC, where I and my daughter knew your grandparents. My mom was a Chesson grandchild of the father of the grandfather (Louis) that your dad said taught him a lot. I came across your father's obit today entirely by accident, so am sending sympathy a bit belatedly.Aug 23, 2015
- So sorry to hear of this sad news. Very sad indeed.Aug 26, 2015
- So are we all who met him.Aug 26, 2015
- I didn't know Greg too well, but fondly remember a smart, personable and fun individual. On a professional note, I am forever thankful for Greg's efforts on the Open Source MADWiFi driver, which I believe had a major impact on Atheros' success. Many smart engineers looking to do something different with WiFi circa 2005-2007, used MADWiFi/Ath5k/Ath9k because it was the only thing available for free. As a result, many successful WiFi systems companies launched using Atheros' Chips. Greg was instrumental in ensuring that this subtle, yet powerful grassroots engine was in place.Aug 3, 2016
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