|Gordon College's Memorial Service for Ken
Gordon College held a beautiful Memorial Service
for Ken Olsen on Sat., May 14, 2011. Ken's family was in
Thanks to the generosity and
assistance of Gordon College, we now have posted audio/video of
the Memorial Service on our website. Click on the
following links. They are huge files and might take a lot
of time to view or download.
Here is a link to the
Program for this service, and the
map of the locations at
Here are some comments from Nancy
Kilty, of the DEC Connection Board:
The Memorial was well attended
with over 800 registrations.
Everyone who spoke was quite articulate on what Ken's
contribution was to them personally and the institutions
they served. MIT is celebrating its 150th year anniversary
and Ken has 5
inventions/contributions to science out of the 150 that they
Ken supervised volunteers at the Park St Church during his
many years helping them. He learned some things about
motivation from the volunteers. He also realized folks other
than scientists could benefit from computers.
Ken's son, James, spoke and was clearly quite proud of his
father. From both he and others, it was clear that Ken was
the same person whether at home or work, being among famous
people or in his canoe.
And finally, though we knew Ken was a humble man and
remained anonymous in his charitable gifts, his trust
foundation has made over 200M in gifts, with about 1/3 given
to education and grants to allow those in need to obtain a
college education. His stipulation was that they give back
to their communities in some way.
- Memorial Service: 3:30
- 4:30 PM at the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel
- Reception: 4:30 - 6 PM
temporary exhibits of Kenís archives and other Digital memorabilia
- We are still collecting your remembrances for our
DEC Connection Ken Olsen
Memorial page at
You can enjoy Gordon College's excellent
online videos about Ken and his legacy at:
Here is a blog entry posted by Michael Heiser following the
Memorial Service called "Workplace Culture: DEC's Role
Model" - has great remembrances of Ken's values and corporate
culture, including an image of Ken's employee badge
We have received the
tremendously sad news from Joanne Jacobs that Ken passed away on Sunday,
"Today I spoke with Betty Olsen who
asked me to use my email list to let family and friends know that Ken
Olsen passed away, yesterday in Indiana, with his immediate family all
around him. Ken had been in ill health for the last few months and was
in Hospice care. Sad time for their family now, but Ken and Aulikki had
a wonderful life. It's sad to know that they both have now passed."
Ken would have celebrated his 85th
birthday on February 20th.
Rest in peace, Ken, and thank you for all
the contributions you have made to our world, and for enriching all of
Our heartfelt condolences go to the
entire Olsen family.
former colleagues are encouraged to leave a memory about Ken Olsen on
(Please also send note for our website page of
This page for Gifts in
Memory of Ken Olsen is active on the Gordon College website.
For those visiting this site to learn more
about Ken and his values and legacy,
please see the videos and notes from our 2008 celebration at the
dedication of the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College - with
wonderful testimonial speeches by Win Hindle, Rod Sutherland, and Debra
Photograph taken at the Gordon College Tribute to Ken
Olsen in June 2006.
Links to obituaries
DVD of Digital Man Digital World is now available; cost is $24.95 plus
here to shopPBS to purchase.
Ken Olsen 1957-1989 Video about Digital - 19 min. A
comprehensive look at Digital from its beginnings in 1957. Ken Olsen has
interesting anecdotes and a twinkle in his eye as he talks.
Gordon College's tribute Videos about Ken Olsen and
A bio of Ken from
Olsen has been elected to Electronic Design Magazine's Hall of Fame in
their December 2011 issue. Click below to see the articles: