In Memoriam

An Appreciation: Jane Cahill Pfeiffer

  Jane Cahill Pfeiffer, the second female vice president of IBM, died on March 5, 2019 in Vero Beach, Florida. She was 86 years old. Jane was born on September 29, 1932 in Washington DC to John Joseph Cahill and Helen Reilly Cahill. In 1954, Jane graduated with a B.A. from the University of Maryland at […]

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An Appreciation: J. Thomas Bouchard

In J. Thomas Bouchard’s bookshelf at IBM in the 1990s, right next to a series of books on human resources policy, was a bronze statue of a diverse team pulling together on a rope. “They were diverse, and yet together,” recalled Nicholas Donofrio, then a technical leader at IBM who rose to executive vice president […]

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An Appreciation: Spike Beitzel

As a young boy, Spike Beitzel visited an uncle who lived on a high, windy bluff in Nantucket. He wondered why the houses in the small community were made of wood. “Rigid houses would have been knocked down years ago,” he recalled, drawing on the reference to talk about IBM. “We have to be flexible […]

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Jerrier A. Haddad: An Appreciation

Many college students hold part-time jobs. Jerry Haddad took a job at IBM while a student at Cornell – and embarked upon a 38-year career in which he helped lead IBM into the computer age. Haddad, one of IBM’s titans of technology, died on March 31, 2017 at the age of 94. The child of […]

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