[Openmcl-devel] Alice Hartley

Michael Hannemann mrh3 at pobox.com
Thu Feb 20 16:18:46 UTC 2020


I had a number of great interactions with each of them over the years, 
starting back in the early 90s when I was a student and didn't know what 
I was asking for or who I was talking to. I was never penalized or 
dismissed for that, and they always seemed thoughtful and kind.  Many 
thanks to all of them for that, and thank you for this memory.


regards,

Michael



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Jeremy Jones wrote on 2/20/20 9:01 AM:
> One of the reasons MCL continued to be so good was the quality of its 
> developers. After Apple acquired Coral it hired Alice Hartley and Bill 
> St. Clair to join Gary Byers on the MCL team. The three of them did 
> fantastic work adding CLOS and all the other ANSI CL features as well 
> as porting it to the PowerPC. All three continued to work on MCL when 
> it was spun off to Digitool in 1994. Unfortunately, it wasn't a 
> commercial success, and Digitool couldn't pay them, and MCL 
> died.Thanks to Gary it was resurrected as openmcl. He negotiated the 
> open source rights in return for dropping his claim to significant 
> back salary.
>
> Gary, Alice, and Bill are some of the finest hackers I've ever known, 
> as well as being fantastic, humble, kind, human beings. Gary, Bill, 
> and I (as well as Gail and Andrew and many others) continued to work 
> together at Clozure for many years. When I look back at the the 36 
> years since Coral was founded, I'm most grateful for the amazing 
> people that I've known and worked with.
>
>
>
>
> On Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 7:32 AM Toomas Altosaar 
> <toomas.altosaar at fi.abb.com <mailto:toomas.altosaar at fi.abb.com>> wrote:
>
>     While on the subject of lost souls, it only came to my attention a
>     few weeks ago that Alice Hartley passed away in 2017. I don’t
>     recall that being mentioned on the list, so I am including a link
>     to her work:
>
>     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_K._Hartley
>
>     Alice worked with MCL users, taking requests and unselfishly
>     working away to provide solutions. She was of tremendous help to
>     my efforts in speech technology, process automation and quality
>     control systems.
>
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