Member NewsBytes - listed alphabetically by last, first name - also see Member Profiles

Member Name


Abbany, Zul

DECconnection member

10/7/22: We have a thriving Digital "Old Timers" group in Calgary, run by Dave Boone.  Please email him at deboone@telus.net to join the group.

11/28/19: Zul will be relocating to Calgary in Alberta, Canada over the next few months.

11/21/13: Zul's Carolinas reunion in Raleigh NC was a great success! 40 ex-DECcies attended. Next reunion in 2015. See the Carolinas Chapter page for report and photos. zabbany@nc.rr.com

7/13: Zul is organizing a reunion dinner for all DECies in Raleigh NC for Sept/Oct. Email him to sign up.

2011:  Zul has left Stromasys, and can now be reached at zabbany@nc.rr.com

10/09:   Meet Zul Abbany and Stromasys, Inc. - a virtualization company that keeps DEC products alive for our loyal users. Zul organized our Carolinas chapter and hosted its first meeting in October 2009.

Abrams, Reesa

DECconnection member

1/13: What does a good parent do? They put out the food and the toys with good instructions and if successful the kids make a huge mess. My partners and I have all been on the net for >4 decades and we are not going to retire, so we started DiskCorp.com with a mission to deliver technology solutions that optimize service supply chains and maximize asset value of returned electronics by extending product and component lifecycles through environmentally sustainable services. rabrams@diskcorp.com

Ahlborn, Klaus

DECconnection member

2/15: Klaus Ahlborn joined DEC Connection: I started with DEC in Germany 1980, leaving HP 2002. Now at BERIS Consulting, Leader Base Solution & Services, delivering Application Management Services for Customer Volkswagen in Germany, Wolfsburg. klaus.w.ahlborn@t-online.de

Alessio, Bob

DECconnection member

12/11: Bob Alessio is a DJ host of "VIVA Italia" - an Italian song fest on WCUW 91.3 FM in Worcester MA on Sunday afternoons from 12-2 PM EST. It can be listened to on the Internet on www.wcuw.org.

11/11: Congratulations and thanks to our member, Bob Alessio, a 30-year Digital veteran, for joining our DEC Connection Board. Bob stays very busy with his interest in Music, Adventure Sports, and as the Producer/Programmer of a Radio Show. His memories of Digital: Best-In-Class Founder, Company, Colleagues, Products and Services!  alessiobob@aol.com

Amidon, Debra

DECconnection member


9/16: We are saddened to report that Debra passed away on August 13, 2016.

2/13:  In September 2012, I hosted the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship [WSIE] in Boston which convened 600+ from 50 countries: – www.thewsie.org

Integral to the planning were some other Digital players, such as Jack Mileski, Nancy Kilty and Anker Berg-Sonne. Joel Schwartz, now at EMC2 helped underwrite the Boston Harbor Cruise for our ENTOVATION Network guests – 23 from 16 countries. In preparation, we convened a Boston Innovation Tour for 52 CEOs from Northern Italy: http://www.entovation.com/mailing/E100-En-Route-to-Boston-A-Global-Innovation-Landscape.htm [scroll down for links including their video]. It is fun to see Boston through the eyes of our international visitors. You may be surprised to know how many times DECWorld was referenced, including the QE2. Made quite an impression! debra@entovation.com

Alvarado, Sara

2011:  Sara is now employed as a recruiter.

05/09:  Sara Alvarado is a senior recruiter, trainer in Resume Writing, Networking, Behavioral Interviewing, and researcher, now living in Phoenix AZ, with 25 years of Recruitment in hi-tech, DEC/Intel, Aerospace and Healthcare industries.  Sara participated as a speaker offering advice in our 2009 Jobs-Finding Concall.

Anderson, Curt

DECconnection member

9/21: I am doing well in Colorado and loving it.  My wife and I moved here (Broomfield) from the Houston area about 3-1/2 years ago.  I'm staying busy playing lots of tennis, biking, and working for the Colorado Rockies during the baseball season. Sorry to miss all the upcoming Maynard fun events.   Please pass my regards to Jack Mileski and some of my old OIS comrades.   Curt6305@comcast.net

Anderson, Will

DECconnection member

9/21: Will Anderson retired a few years ago from his career started at Digital as a software development manager, and splits his time between coastal Maine in the summer and Vermont in the winter(!) with his wife Juliana.  wcanderson@verizon.net

Armknecht, Ruth

DECconnection member

9/22:  We are sad to report that Ruth passed away in September 2022.

12/20: Being in Georgia just isn’t the same as the old times when my first location was on Parker Street and a short commute to Concord.  Now I’ve become a Southerner but still talk New England!  rarmkn9561@gmail.com
  Have started to spend the winter with my daughter Beth, also an ex-Dec, in Atlanta. She said her friends call me a "college student": I leave on a trip, come back to do laundry, then leave again...this year it has been Antarctica, Easter Island, Costa Rica, Panama, and London is coming up in March.

Arnett, Bob

DECconnection member

2/13: Bob Arnett (DEC 1984-1998) - Just completed 10 years as CIO at Cobb EMC in Marietta, GA. Won an international CIO of the Year award in 2008 and Georgia CIO of the Year in 2010. Enjoy attending the Atlanta (Southeast) Region DEC reunions and have hired two former DEC employees to work at Cobb EMC (Byron Finley and Patty Yost).

3/11:  Bob Arnett (at Digital from 1984-1999): is CIO of Cobb Electric Membership Corporation in Marietta, Georgia. Bob was recently promoted to Senior VP, and was awarded the 2010 Georgia CIO of the Year Award by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. See this announcement in TechLinks, the CIO e-zine by clicking here. To reconnect with Bob, send an email to ba.arnett@gmail.com. Congratulations, Bob!

8/10:  Bob Arnett writes that he has served as CIO for Cobb Energy in Marietta, GA for the last 7+ years. He has received multiple professional awards: the 2007 Utilities CIO of the Year by EnergyBiz Magazine, and awarded Best CIS implementation in 2008 by CS Week Conference and Electric Power & Light Magazine. Way to go Bob! Congratulations!

Ashworth, Cori

DECconnection member

2/11: Cori Ashworth (cori@careercontinuum.com) writes: I am now a career and management coach, working with local and remote clients and organizations. My website is www.CareerContinuum.com.

Austin, Tom

DECconnection member

4/19: Tom Austin writes that he is launching a new research and advisory service (TheAnalystSyndicate) at the end of June 2019. Already have 19 contributors. For an early peek, see https://www.thansyn.com. If you have an analyst background (IT and business) and are retired or soon to be, and want to keep up your involvement in the industry, drop me a line at tom@thansyn.com.

Awerman, Jackie

DECconnection member

11/20: Has it really been forty-six years since Bill Hanson (Of Blessed Memory) hired me? Yup! I still knit whenever I can and there's chicken soup (with matzoh balls, of course) in the freezer! Thinking about taking my Twiddle Muffs for Alzheimer's Disease Victims national. Interested in helping? Holler! Jackie  yarndances@yahoo.com

4/19: Join me while we build THE TWIDDLE MUFF NATION! Twiddle Muffs are warm hand-holders with attachment for Alzheimer's Disease Patients.  
1/16:  Jackie joined Digital in 1974 working in Human Resources in Bill Hansen's organization at the Mill.  She later worked in Arizona, Santa Clara, and Arizona again.  She says:  "a bunch of DECmemories... regards to all." She is now working as a Knitting Therapist..."joy thru Knitting and Story Telling" and also provides smoking cessation support. 

Azibert, Susan

DECconnection member

9/17: Susan wants to let technical folks looking for work in the Nashua area know that there's a technical networking group out there that may be helpful - see the Nashua Tech Net Group on Linked In, run by Steve Munyan. They have regular networking meetings, bring your business cards and a resume.

7/17: I was employed at DEC-Compaq-HP from 1976 to 2005, mainly in Nashua, NH. Then I worked as a Project Manager for Philips Healthcare in Andover, MA from 2006-2012, and as a Program Manager for Verizon in Lowell, MA from 2013-2017. I fully retired in June and I am living with my husband Henri in Windham, NH. Contact: sazibert@aol.com

Babetski, Will

2/14: Recently completed Solar PV Installer Boot Camp + NABCEP Entry Level Exam Prep course from Heatspring Learning Institute. Now a Solar Energy intern at the Wind Sun Institute (windsuninstitute.com) in Kingston, MA, providing green solar energy systems to residential customers in southeastern Massachusetts.

3/13: Currently evaluating career options and opportunities after taking early retirement from HP after 17 years with DEC/COMPAQ/HP in the Storage division. For those looking to vacation on Cape Cod this summer, we're renting our vacation home in Orleans, MA. See listing at http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3515239



Balfour, Fred

DECconnection member

1/20: Fred & Sharon have moved full time to Ithaca NY, near three grandchildren leaving two grandchildren behind in the Boston area (wailing and gnashing of teeth). Fred is toying with a radio journalism career with local community radio station: WRFI: Watkins Glen & Ithaca. He's focusing on healthcare and the pending NY Health Act which would institute a single-payer insurance system for NY state (much like the fire department which is also a single payer system). Save billions of dollars and hundreds of lives and thousands of medical bankruptcies.  fred.balfour@gmail.com

10/17: Fred wrote that he is auditing a class at Ithaca College in the school of journalism on independent media, history of. Turns out the classroom was donated in 1989 by none other than Digital Equipment Corporation!

3/16: Fred Balfour writes that he and wife Sharon have enriched their retirement by relocating from their 33-year home in Newton to homes near their two daughters and 5 grandchildren in Freeville NY (Ithaca) and Somerville MA. In addition to grandchild time we've enjoyed travel to visit other family and friends, and we participate in book clubs and civic activities.

Barclay, Jim

DECconnection member

8/15: After 35 years of DEC/Compag/HP I decided to return to public safety; a vocation that complies with the Digital Way.   ema@royalston-ma.gov

Barletta, Nick

DECconnection member

3/12: I am a Rockport Rotarian and attend weekly meetings, listen to Celtic and Patriot games, a member of Town Committees, enjoy working in my yard and the outdoors, visit the local coffee shop, try to keep up with local news, enjoy my family. nbarletta@comcast.net
3/11:  From Nick Barletta, MA: I was fortunate to have worked for DEC and retired from the Mill in Maynard. It was a long drive commuting from Rockport every day, but the experience of working for DEC and Ken Olsen was memorable. I retired from being a Rockport Selectman for 39 years, but still keep active in local affairs. Also, I wish to say hello to my many DEC colleagues and friends.

Barnes, Walt

DECconnection member


9/15:  Former DEC Field Service Logistic Administer between 1969 and 1973. Since then has over 41 years of leadership and managerial experience in REO disposition.  To learn more go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/nareob     nareob@yahoo.com

Barnett, Tom
DECconnection member
4/23: Busy assisting my wife teaching online Reiki workshops.  Also exploring our new home area of Asheville, NC after living in MA and NH and working at DEC/Compaq/HP for 32 years. tombarnettnh@gmail.com
Barrett, Tom
DECconnection member
Happily retired.  Volunteering as a CASA  (Court Appointed Special Advocate), advocating for the best interests of children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Busy skiing, golfing, boating and playing pickleball.   tombarrett800@gmail.com

Barton, Regina

DECconnection member


3/11:  Regina Barton, So. CA, writes: It is hard to believe that I have now been retired for 19 years, which is longer than I worked for DEC (16 years). At the LA office, we did have a couple of visits from Ken (of blessed memory) and I never forgot him. Since: we have been living in Leisure World in Laguna Woods for nearly 11 years and there's so much to do here that there's no time to be bored! We are involved with our community and social life and are very grateful that we can still help and enjoy all the activities. I still have contact with quite a few of my DECcie friends from the LA, Orange and San Diego county offices. omaopa56@gmail.com

Battista, Chris


1/17: Chris has returned to the East Coast to New York.

8/11:  Chris Battista (1976 WFO to 2000 MRO) writes: After spending 30 years in Stow, MA I am moving to Portland, Oregon to be closer to my extended family. We have been visiting for several years and have enjoyed every trip. It would be nice to find a few DEC folks in the Portland area. I can reached at my new/old employer, Hewlett Packard chris.battista@hp.com

Bauer, Ernie

DECconnection member

2/13:  Madaline and I are traveling in the southwestern US this winter. We are pulling our Airstream with a Chevy Silverado. We are currently attending a rally with other Airstream owners in Blythe, Ca and plan to explore Palm Springs next month. We'll be heading home to Westford MA in mid July or so.
Camping at Blythe, CA 92223     Cell: 978 399 3183  ernie.bauer@me.com

Beckman, Debra

DECconnection member

4/17: New DEC Connection member Debra Beckman writes: I worked from 88-94 in Birmingham, AL as a senior consultant and moved to Palo Alto, CA in 94. Left Digital shortly thereafter and am now in Tennessee working for an insurance software company. I have many lovely memories of my time at Digital and enjoyed very much working with everyone there. debrarbeckman@gmail.com

Beirne, John E.

DECconnection member

3/12: Nothing to report other than I'm happily (very) retired. beirne@comcast.net

Belanger, Wayne

DECconnection member

2/13:  I worked for DEC for 18 years from 1977-1994. Right now, I am working as National Sales Manager for a software company named Exact Software. I manage a team of 13 sales people and am always looking for potential new hires. I can best be reached at w.belanger@comcast.net or 603-718-2347. I would love to hear from ex-DECCIES that I may have worked with in past years.
Wayne Belanger, 5 Dora St. Nashua, NH 03060/603-718-2347

Bennett, Su

DECconnection member

2/13: I worked at DEC from 1977-2000 mostly at NIO- Salem, NH Manufacturing in Finance.
Currently working at Polycom in Andover MA as an Inventory Control Analyst and am working with lots of old DECies, and sometimes we reminisce about the good old days !!!  

Bento, Tony

DECconnection member

10/23: Started in the Model Shop in the Mill. Then Power Supply Engineering. 32-Bit Advanced Development Group, Mid-Range Advanced Development, Mid-range Engineering, Alphaservers and Storage Essentials Engineering Support. Outside of a brief stint in the Engineering Model Shop at the Mill on 5-3, I've been in various Engineering Groups all 42 years until retirement.  antonym@duck.com

Berg, Pamela

DECconnection member

01/11: I worked for DEC from 1980 until 2005, after Intel’s take over. I currently work for BAE Systems, which is a military contractor out of the Nashua NH area. In one of our company communications newsletters in Oct 2010, they announced that they had just retired 3 VAX servers that had been dutifully running in NH for all these years! How proud I felt. Now that is a wonderful example of a quality product! dollcollector@charter.net

5/10: I worked at the Semiconductor plant in Hudson MA from 1980 until about 2005. I will remember my time at Digital forever fondly - I worked with the greatest group of brilliant engineers and technicians. If you were willing to work hard and had the ambition to excel, Digital gave you every opportunity. I loved working at Digital and miss it to this day. (Now, Pam is employed as an IC Designer.)

Bergart, Jeff
DECconnection member

11/23: Of all places, I bumped into Thorton Ash in Jasper, Banff, Canada last month (I didn’t know he lived in the next town over from where I live in Acton, MA).  Once back in the USA, we went for coffee and I shared my collection of Digital Finance Newsletters (1985 - 1996), Profiles of the "Financial Excellence Award recipients, Finance Development Binders, and myChatham Bars Inn Finance Conference (1979) picture.  Lots of fun reminiscing!  We both have such fond memories of DEC - especially in the early years.
I was at DEC for 22 years (1976-1998).  I have lots of various old financial budgets and reports, LRP's, Finance Training topics (e.g. New Product intro, Cost accounting, etc).  I also have a number of product and project management binders from my US CSS days.

Is there any place/persons interested in these?  Might make for great background information for a MBA thesis on DEC.
See photos at this link.    jeffbergart@gmail.com

Berg-Sonne, Anker

DECconnection member

and Board member

7/22:  Anker has joined the volunteer Board of DEC Connection.  Thank you, Anker!

3/21: Anker Berg-Sonne** writes: Since Kirsten and I discovered that used Porsche Boxsters from the early 2000s are relatively inexpensive and bought one, I have gotten into cars in a big way. We bought another Boxster 2 years later so we could have a his and hers and a year ago I bought a Caterham/Lotus 7. I am very active in the Porsche Club of America and have been on the regional board now for over 3 years. I have also joined several Lotus 7 clubs and participate in lots of activities in all of them. My latest hobby is Sim Racing where you sit at home in a racing seat with a steering wheel and pedals wearing a virtual reality headset racing against other fans also sitting in their homes. It is a hoot and as exciting as real racing, but a lot cheaper and a lot less risky to wallet, limb, and life! And yes, with the pandemic, we miss traveling very much. We hope to take one of the Porsches up to the top of Newfoundland this summer. bostonsearover@gmail.com

4/17: Anker and Kirsten Berg-Sonne write: We are doing what we can to enjoy retirements as much as we possibly can. Driving and travel are our shared passions. We became aware of the astounding depreciating curves of luxury cars and last year bought a 2004 Porsche Boxster convertible as a toy car and traded Anker's Subaru Forester for a 2009 Mercedes convertible. In October of last year we visited South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, and we spent February in Key Largo to soak up warmth as we have for the last 20 years. In June we plan to take the Porsche to Nova Scotia and in July we will be in Denmark for a wedding. In August Anker and his oldest daughter's family are going to watch the total solar eclipse in Oregon. We are still in decent health even though Kirsten is going to need a second knee replacement soon and Anker just had both eyes operated for cataracts, with good results. bostonsearover@gmail.com

10/15:  Retired in March of 2015 and really enjoying it. Spending time traveling to exotic destinations and enjoying my many hobbies.

Bernath, Jerry

DECconnection member

12/15: I just received a email from Romeo Giussoni who worked for Digital in HK when I also was there. He now lives in Switzerland as does his son who recently went to Italy and the Ferrari plant. Read what he said AND LOOK AT THE FRONT OF THE RACECAR! bernathbibi@gmail.com

From Romeo: Christian was visiting this week in Modena, Italy the Ferrari factory and its museum. (Photo at left.) Another century that was, DIGITAL was alive and kicking ... and sponsoring Ferrari.

2/11:  Jerry Bernath (bernathbibi@gmail.com), former Digital sales exec now retired in FL and his boat BiBi, writes: "I am having smooth sailing in the Bahamas, but right now I am at anchor here in George Town, Exumas. You can Google the place and see what it is like. In 2 weeks there will be a cruising regatta here that lasts for 13 days with lots of events -- boating, trivia, Texas Hold'm, Bocchi ball, baseball, golf, etc. I am The Golf event chairman. We build a 9 hole course on the beach and play the event before the Tide takes the course away! It's lots of fun. I shall be back to Florida late April." Jerry s/v BiBi   (updated from 1/10)

Berube, Ned

DECconnection member

08/09:  Ned Berube sent in the photo of the newly dedicated Carlisle Veterans' Honor Roll/Memorial. "This is a project I worked on for over two years with the Carlisle Honor Roll committee to help replace the old wooden bulletin board honor rolls that were fast deteriorating. We had some 300 people attend the dedication."


Blizard, Gail

DECconnection member

9/14: Worked for DEC, CPQ, HP from 1978-2010. Currently retired/partially disabled but enjoying life with my wonderful husband of 39 years.

2/13: Currently retired after 32 years working for Digital, Compaq, and HP, and a long illness. Bob and I have been married for 37 years, have two grown children, and are currently on our way to Tucson, Arizona, where we will be until the middle of April. We hope New England will have Spring by then. Despite my physical limitations we are enjoying retirement immensely and are so busy we wonder how we ever found the time to work!  r2g2blizard@gmail.com

Bonsavage, Maria

DECconnection member

3/21: In September of this year I will celebrate 40 years of living in Georgia after moving from MA. In April I will celebrate 8 years of retirement. Up until the COVID pandemic I enjoyed lots of travel and activities in the 55+ condo complex where I live about 45 miles outside of Atlanta. maria@bonsavage.com

Brimer, Rick

DECconnection member

3/18: Rick Brimer is celebrating his third year as President of the Bull Creek
Foundation, after retiring from Dell as a Sales Manager. Rick left Digital in 1995
after 13 years in Software Services, the last five as Manager of Software Services in
Austin, Texas.

Brister, Bob

DECconnection member

10/14: My last position with DEC was a product safety incident investigator working in the EHS group at Powder Mill Rd Maynard. Was with DEC for 21 years. I started as a Field Service Eng. at Parker St Maynard and then moved to the Stow building when it opened in 1982. I am now working as a Product Support Engineer for Philips Healthcare in Andover, MA. I’ve been with them for 14 years. robert.brister@philips.com

Britt, Margaret

DECconnection member

6/17: Dr. Margaret Britt (Corporate Finance Training and the F.D.P. Program; 20 years at DEC, 1974-1994) has retired from teaching in the Master's of Business Administration Program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio. She is living in Lakeland, Florida where she enjoys many activities and especially the warm weather.  meje7@aol.com

2/15:  Dr. Margaret Britt will be retiring from teaching in the M.B.A. Program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University at the end of July, 2015. Margaret is looking forward to retirement in her residence in Lakeland, Florida. Much of her college teaching focused on the excellent business practices of Digital Equipment Corporation (1974-1994) where she worked for twenty years before her tenure in higher education at three different universities.

Brouillet, Don

DECconnection member

7/21: After a 47-year career with Digital, Compaq, HP, and others, I retired last year.  We moved to Texas in 1998 and enjoy the warmer weather (except the 95/95 days).  My wife Kathy and I are now in the process of building an organic farm in Navasota TX.  dbrouillet@yahoo.com

Brown, E. Lisa

DECconnection member

1/13: Former Human Resources Manager at DEC. Retired from HP as Director of HR for Global Services. Currently engaged in volunteer work with Quest, local Food Bank and mentoring young professional women with 3Plus International Women. Would love to hear from those I worked with in the past at brown.lisa790@gmail.com

Brownson, Bob

DECconnection member

2/16: Bob Brownson writes that he is very busily retired, but missing the action. :)

3/12:  After working for 57 years I have ceased the monthly commute to Asia and have started doing some different activities around locally. If there are any hikers out there you may be interested in my website, www.wander-stock.com I craft canes, walking and hiking sticks. I am also doing volunteer work as well as enjoying travel that is not so geared to a business timetable. bobbrownson@gmail.com

Bruce, Ed

DECconnection member


6/11:  With 33 years of successful experience in technical and promotional communications, Ed Bruce is looking for work as a writer or editor in eastern MA or southern NH (edward.bruce@verizon.net or 1-978-486-4584).

Bujnowski, Michael

DECconnection member

12/20: Thank you DEC Connection for keeping the remembrance of the good Digital life going. What a ride!

1/11:  From Michael Bujnowski: Don Goduti and I are teaching a course about PCs to seniors in the Bow NH area.  mbujnowski@comcast.net:

Burgos, Luis
DECconnection member

5/17: I have relocated to Massachusetts. Made it through the acquisition of DEC to Compaq, and Compaq to HP before getting laid off. Back at HPE again for round 2! lburgos@charter.net

Burness, Jack

DECconnection member

2/22: We are sad to report Jack's passing on 20 January 2022.  See memorial page.

1/16:  Jack Burness, now of Colorado Springs, sent photos of the renovation of the Maynard Mill, which will morph over the coming year into "Mill and Main."


demolition of a Mill building                concept drawing of "Mill & Main"

2/13: Jack writes from Colorado Springs:

For those that remember Moonlander on the GT40, it was created 40 years ago, just about on February 1, 1973. With the “final” and much used version being created on February 25, 1973.

But thanks to Rick Naro you can play it right now. On your iPad (sorry, it doesn’t work on an iPhone).  It is amazingly like the original.  Just download the app Moonlander Classic by Paradigm Systems from the appstore. It’s free. And amidst the credits and FAQs there are interesting tidbits of information, including the original source code...       forums@burness.com

Byers, Hugh

DECconnection member

1/11:  I was the owner/founder of a DEC hardware/software OEM in the late 70's and early 80's and a programmer of every DEC processor (except the 3, which I did see once.) My current interest is to see if there is some DEC aficionado or collector who can read/transcribe some DECTapes for me. hugh@ingeniouspartners.com

Caisse, Kathy

DECconnection member

3/17: I will be retiring this Friday, March 31st!  It is bittersweet for me because I love my job and the people that I work with... I have been with True North Hotel Group for the past 12 years.  It's been an amazing experience working for Marriott and Hilton brand hotels.  Looking forward to enjoying more family time and this new adventure in my life...     katrina76594@gmail.com

Cambal-Hayward, Cathy

DECconnection member

3/20: Cathy Cambal-Hayward writes: I am now a Real Estate Broker in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, with the Masiello Group. cch@masiello.com

Carlin, Bob

DECconnection member

2/13: I'm working for CGI Technology Solutions which is a global firm of about 72,000 employees. I'm in the Project Management Office out of their Andover Mass office supporting two of US Business Units related to client engagements procedures, reporting, and occasionally working on a client engagement. bob_carlin@yahoo.com

Carr, Diane

DECconnection member

2/10:  Diane Carr retired from HP in December 2006. Have enjoyed the last 3 years without concalls and meetings. Have uploaded hundreds of old family photos, slides and negatives and created DVD shows with music and captions to share with my brother and sister. Expect to move to The Villages, Florida, within the next year or two so; have also been busy re-painting the inside of the house in Shrewsbury in anticipation of putting it on the market.

Carroll, Mike

DECconnection member

3/17:  I am still with HPE but will be moving to DXC effective April 3, 2017 as part of the ES spin & merge with CSC.  Outside of work I am enjoying Grandparenthood with our 3 grandchildren. dvc2276@gmail.com

Carthy, David

DECconnection member

08/09:  David Carthy, an Israeli member of DECconnection, has his own consulting company. He wrote in suggesting we check out this nice reminder of what we are and were on You Tube: DEC - A Glimpse of the Future, 1994. david@carthyconsulting.com          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1l6aBgX5UY

Chapman, Kathy

2/12: I'm a patent attorney at the Naval Research Lab, working on software patents. Wouldn't be able to do this job without my engineering experience at DEC. But more than that, DEC taught me how the workplace should be, it was a paradigm shift kind of place, the rest of the world will eventually catch up, I hope. chapman.kathy@gmail.com

Chen, David H.

DECconnection member

2/13:  I am getting ready to retire from the business that I helped start in internet advertising analytics. Target date is June, then a trip to Africa and after that, we'll see.  david.h.chen@comcast.net

Chen, Robert

DECconnection member

4/19: New member Robert Chen at ASA Computers wanted to recruit six VAX/Alpha OpenVMS technical people in different parts of USA to be consultants to our company. We are an authorized partner with Stromasys (Geneva) and are converting legacy VAX/Alpha to x86/Windows platform. rchen@asacomputers.com

Church, Pauline

DECconnection member

12/09:  Pauline Church has moved from CA to MA (Maynard area) and is looking for a job in Purchasing. If you know of any openings please let her know at churchp@aol.com.

Clockedile, Art

DECconnection member

1/15: Art Clockedile, badge #40, sent in a photo of his 25th Digital anniversary award, received in 1984.

Click here to see it on our online museum page.      clockedilea@charter.net

Cole, Mary

DECconnection member

8/15:  Eagle-eyed Mary Cole forwarded a link to Steve Kallis' Digital film Library on www.archives.org. Along the Shorelines of the Skies is an industrial film showing how a PDP-8 is used to calibrate instrumentation used in space probes. Also a PDP-12 application tracking pulsars is featured. The 50-year anniversary of photos from Mars and Mariner occurred in mid-July. mary.cole@comcast.net, skallisjr@juno.com

2/15:  Remember the famous story about Grace Hopper and the first computer “bug”? Well, here’s Grace’s first actual, real bug. The year was 1947 if you believe Wikipedia.
A bit of history floating around on the internet:
(Notice she was working on arctangents, sines, and cosines… wow, huh?)

Mary Cole

10/14: Mary Cole wrote in with a link to an essay by Isaac Asimov in Technology Review that brought to mind her Digital days. - How do people get new ideas? She says: Well, this is a great essay about DEC. It is exactly the wonderful atmosphere we had for so long. And I’m sure it underlies the creativity of the company. All those great consultants who lead group meetings helped facilitate creativity.

11/13: When I saw this I was reminded of all the long hours and many weekends we all worked in the computer industry at the dawn of the era. It brought back a lot of good memories. Hope it does the same for you!

2/13:  Mary Cole sent video links to some old Digital humor...
also she found an old Digital Business Opportunities UNIX folder which is pictured in our Promo Museum mary.cole@comcast.net

2/10:  I'm working on the business plan for a medical device company doing surgical instrumentation and trying to help two different groups of friends find ways to make their dreams come to fruition. One needs financial backing and has a patented technology that can change the face of wireless communications, stop the carnage from texting while driving, and end all unauthorized use of cellphones within restricted areas (see www.quietcell.com). The other effort involves helping a great lady named Teresa Martin down on the Cape get a children's book published. I see the potential as similar to Andre Norton's award-winning works. It's good to have people and things to believe in as well as challenges that keep the blood flowing. Best wishes to all.

Coleman, Tom

DECconnection member

11/22: I am now retired and living in a gated golf community in Englewood FL.

I was regional sales manager for DEC's Far East Region 1983-87 based in Hong Kong. Our management team leased a 45-foot Chinese junk as a personal investment and named it DECADENCE.  Hong Kong has many offshore islands with excellent beaches and great seafood restaurants. We were growing revenues 30 to 40% a year and the business pace was frenetic. Our management team and our families enjoyed our nautical outings almost every weekend.  By far the best work environment ever and a memorable 4 years. tom930c@gmail.com

Conaway, Jack

DECconnection member

4/17: Retired in 2007 to spend time with my wife while she was struggling with cancer. Have lived in the same house for 44 years. Busy with changing it to accommodate a boomerang family, local volunteer work, maintaining the gardens and chopping wood for the stove. Will be fun to having 2 grandsons running around the house. Best, Jack jack.conaway@gmail.com

08/09:  Jack Conaway, who worked at DEC in product line and marketing groups from 1979 to 1993 (ESG, CAEM, CIM, Auto Industry) completed 800 miles on the Appalachian Trail on May 28, 2009 from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Bald Mountain, Virginia. He abandoned his thru-hike of the AT after contracting giardia and losing 31 pounds. Jack, who is retired had his 67th birthday on the trail in Georgia. He is recovered now and looking forward to his next adventure.

Conley, Chuck

DECconnection member

5/13:  New DECconnection member Chuck Conley writes: I joined DEC in 1967 (Badge 3902); started out doing PDP-8 programming, worked in Home Office SW Support, DECUS, and IS (now it would be called Information Technology), mostly in OPVAX Order Processing and the NARS (Accounts Receivable) system. Fully retired in 1997, I am enjoying retirement with many interests and activities. nepacer@aol.com

Cooper, Sandra

DECconnection member

2/12: My retirement years have been spent traveling Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee in our 36' Winnebago - Adventurer. We mostly stay at State Parks and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. The Alaskan tour/cruise, last year, was the best cruise we have ever taken. So, I guess we are always looking for new adventures.  If DEC Connection organizes a cruise I would love to hear about it.   slcooper@tampabay.rr.com

Cormier, Charlie
DECconnection member
7/23: Hi! Enjoying Florida retirement living for ten years now along with Ellen, spouse of 37 years. NotEntirelyDim@gmail.com

Corsi, Giorgio

DECconnection member

2/11: Giorgio Corsi (giorgio.corsi@wanadoo.fr) writes: "I am currently living in Vienna, Austria but commuting regularly to France and Italy. I am enjoying my retired status and I also do some consulting on HR issues with companies in Switzerland, France and Italy. We plan to be back to our place in France by the end of 2013 when my wife will also retire. Together with my wife we set up a consulting boutique that we called GHRICO (Global HR International Consulting). We mainly focus on personal coaching for senior executives (via phone or internet), post merger/acquisition integration and issues resolution, and company reorganization and restructuring.

1/10: I moved from Geneva to Vienna in March last year, I continue with my Human Resources consulting activity.

Cossette, Angela

DECconnection member

12/20: Angela J. Cossette is a new DC Connection member. Angela started work at Digital in 1963 and took the SERP in 1992.  Managed DECUS for several years and also worked for Software Services and Field Service Administration. She also developed the Gold Key Program for Distributors and Resellers.  fourkids10grand@aol.com

Costello, Bill

6/11:  In response to an internet story concerning a recent Pentagon tradition of paying weekly homage to injured veterans of war, Bill Costello makes the following suggestion: One thing that I do, and many ex-DECcies could do, is to stop at a funeral home to pay their respects to the fallen. I'll stop at any veteran's funeral in my county from WW II to today's wars. The families will appreciate it & it only takes a few minutes. Most newspaper obituaries will identify the deceased as a veteran. MSgt Bill Costello, PA ANG - 171st ARW/MSC  Bill.costello@ang.af.mil 

2/10:  Bill Costello (PTO: '84 to '96) left I/T (IBM Co.) in '02 and have been working for a component of the USAF since. Bill is now working as a contracting official for the PA Air National Guard (USAF) and is also teaching college part-time. Last June Bill was one of our featured speakers for our Member-Helping-Member Concalls in his area of expertise, getting jobs with the federal government, and how to do business with the federal government. Bill would also be happy to give advice on getting college teaching positions - write to him at William.costello@bc3.edu.
05/09:  Bill Costello, former sales/marketing pro in I/T for 23 years (Moore, DEC, IBM, E&Y and an IBM Partner) changed his career path in 2004 to work for the federal government as a civilian contracting officer in the Pittsburgh PA area.  Bill was a featured speaker in our 2009 concall series for how to find jobs in a challenging economy; his expertise is government employment and contracting.

Cox, William

DECconnection member

3/12: I left DEC in 1995 (just before my group was sold to Oracle) to join Sybase. I am still at Sybase, which was recently purchased by SAP. whcox53@gmail.com

Cozma, Mary

DECconnection member

11/22:  Mary organized a reunion for PTO (Pittsburgh) DECcies on October 1st.  71 co-workers and friends attended and had a terrific time.

7/13: I am now working with a fantastic small business out of VA in the Pittsburgh area supplying IT infrastructure and contractors. This is a Service Disabled Veteran small business and staffed by 86% veterans. Most of them with TS and SCI clearances. This is almost as good as being back at DEC!!! Feel free to give me a call if you have any interest or just questions.  mjcoz5@verizon.net, 571-441-0814.   Mary also co-organized the Pittsburgh PA Chapter for DEC Connection.

3/12:  Mary Cozma says please contact her for network products --in most cases I can get DEC alumni special pricing. I am a Strategic Account Manager and focused on Business Development. I can be reached at 724-873-6557 (office) or 412-656-9005 (cell). www.BlackBox.com for our website. Check out the cold front datacenter cabinet door that saves approx 50% of energy costs to cool the datacenter. Mary.Cozma@blackbox.com

Crawford, Linda

DECconnection member

April 2013:  Linda is our  Featured Entrepreneur.

2/13: I am currently a Gluten-Food Allergy-Toxin Coach specializing in working with clients nationwide who are struggling with food allergies/or toxins (in the home related to allergies) that need information, education or support through this difficult challenge in their lives. I work with clients through an online, private website, by phone or face to face, if local in Orange County, CA. I also am a Southern Cook and work with clients who need help in shopping, cooking and eating delicious, healthy, allergy-free dishes. Offer a VIP Day where I take you on a grocery shopping tour, do kitchen setup, cupboard clearing, menu planning and cooking classes in your home! My goal is to work with you to face and embrace your food allergies so they don\'t control your life. You control them through education and knowing what to do so you can live your best life. To Your Health! Linda

Dancy, Marion
DECconnection member
10/23: Marion Dancy Cullen writes: Marion Dancy and husband Terry Cullen split their time among Fort Lauderdale, FL, Tiverton, RI and a power catamaran for cruising, currently in Boston for the summer. Terry sold his business in 2022 so now both are "retired" but very busy. Marion rows regularly on the Charles River.  mjdancy@gmail.com

Dandrade, Rob

DECconnection member

11/20: Rob Dandrade writes: I have thoroughly enjoyed retirement since 2012. My wife and I have been involved with our children and grandchildren. I have been active in our community, church and non-profit, Blackstone Heritage Corridor. I enjoy fresh-water fishing, hiking and photography. robert.dandrade17@gmail.com

Darnton, Geoffrey (UK)

DECconnection member


9/21: Have a great time at the Maynard dinner and visit. I wish I could join in, but at the moment travel from the UK is still too restricted, so I send my apologies I can't be with you. On August 8, 2021, my companion book to the one below was published: Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).  See details here.

5/20: On the 8th August 2020 (the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Nuremberg Charter) a substantially updated version of one of my books 'Nuclear Weapons and International Law' 3rd edition will be published.  gdarnton@darnton.info

Davis, Galen

DECconnection member

3/13:  Galen Davis .... formally known as DEC badge #307. Retired 1962-1992 from DEC while working in San Diego, then retired again from Intel, 1993-2003. Volunteer activities in San Diego included SCORE business counseling and museum docent on the carrier USS Midway.
Now living in Phoenix with wife Diana we recently celebrated our 50 wedding anniversary. Four adult children, eight grand children, one great granddaughter. Retirement hobbies include golf, camping and nature photography. Samples of my nature photography can be found on Shutterpoint.com:

In Arizona I've joined with other DEC Arizona alumni to hold semi-annual lunches in Phoenix on the first Saturday in April and November. We find 50-75 alumni twice a year to network and share updates, etc. Our next lunch is this April 6th. For details (or to get on our e-list for Arizona alumni events) write me at: GalenDavis@aol.com
Thanks to the "DECConnection" for excellent communications, with our DEC family, and keeping the DEC network and spirit alive. Our company was more than a job to many of us, it was an unforgettable and productive working experience.

Davis, Rene (Corinda)

DECconnection member

2/13: I retired from Digital, where I worked in the Market Data Center in Marlboro and Maynard for many years.  Now at age 89, I keep very busy with my African Violet Club, a Sewing/ Craft group that raises money to support our Senior Center. I also volunteer for two months every year in two of Sudbury's kindergarten classes and I believe this will be my 13th year!  I keep in touch with my four grandchildren and two great Grandchildren. This is my life now since my hubby of 61 years passed away.   sivade@msn.com
Davison, Marilyn
DECconnection member
7/23: After spending 8 years in the Boston area, in late 2022, I moved back to the south of France where my late husband, Michael Rogosin and I had lived for many years. I work for MIT mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs in the Sandbox program and with their partnership with UM6P in Morocco as well as with Change Labs, a mid-Eastern program mentoring start-ups in Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine. My experience at Digital and Arthur D. Little gave me great background for the very diverse mentoring programs that I am currently involved with.  davisonmarilyn@gmail.com

DeSimone, Bill

Sadly, Bill passed away on March 27, 2019.

2/13:  William DeSimone writes: I am semi-retired and work part time providing marketing services on a contractual basis. wadsystems@comcast.net

Detsky-Weil, Faye

DECconnection member

8/15: I left DEC in 1986 after six years, having worked at Parker Street in Maynard, MA in the Tax Department and Educational Services. My family and I moved to San Diego, CA. In 1989, I joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), then headquartered in San Diego, as an Instructional Designer. After close to 14 years, I went to work for L-3 Communications for nine years. I was active in the school systems and on the local community planning board. I acquired an ABA-approved Paralegal certificate and have been serving as an Ethics Commissioner on the San Diego Ethics Commission. I trained to become a California-registered volunteer Medicare Counselor and now volunteer at Elder Law & Advocacy as a Medicare Counselor for the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP). I also volunteer as a legal assistant for the Nursing Home Rights Enforcement Program.  detskyweilf@gmail.com

Diaz, Tavo (Octavio)

DECconnection member

3/21: We are saddened to report that Tavo passed away on January 30, 2021, aged 72.

11/15: Tavo is organizing a Holidays SPS + Digital Services Alumni Reunion folks - December 10, 2015 in Marlboro MA.  See website home page for details.  tavo@tavodiaz.com
8/15: Started at Digital in early 1974 and survived the Compaq and HP mergers until retired (non-voluntarily) in 2009. The years at Digital shaped my life with incredible positive experiences.
5/15: Tavo writes: I'm happily retired now, enjoying time do work on house projects, play golf 2-3 times week and having lunch with friends every other day. Waiting for the spouse to also retire make our retirement plans come true.
4/13: What else can I say about my DEC life, not only I have longtime best friends from DEC, but it was instrumental on helping me solidifying my relationship with my now wife, a New Yorker, 36 anniversary 3 weeks ago, who I met in Mexico City while she was on vacation. While I was a world traveler before joining DEC, internship in France in 73 for a year, joined DEC in 74, being in GIA took me to so many places on the world and allowed me to meet people that I’m still in contact with. It also made my kids world travelers. Probably it helps that we go back to Mexico every year, but we also took them to Japan and Hong Kong, and we traveled to Peru and Chile. We are starting to have Internet video meetings with the old time GIA guys.

Dieter, Ralph

DECconnection member


Ralph Dieter wrote in on Tue, 29 May 2012: I note that today is the 20th anniversary of our SERP. I wonder how many remembered?  k1rd@k1rd.net

D'Olimpio, Peter

11/10: From Peter D'Olimpio, PMP: I am a current HP employee, and I started with DEC in 1981. I saw something a year or 2 ago that I totally forgot about until now. While on a project, I was able to get a tour of what was left of the data center on Taylor Street in Littleton, MA (a former DEC location). While touring the floor, I saw something that I could not believe. I saw a small row of old DEC VAX machines still in use! After the initial shock wore off, I took my phone and quickly snapped the attached photo because I knew no one would believe me! The data center is closed now, not sure what happened to the machine? So here we have it, a DEC product that you just can’t kill!!!! Figured the members would get a kick out of it. peter.dolimpio@hp.com

Drake, Bill

10/15:  Bill Drake has retired; before leaving Digital, was a Senior Sales Exec in the Research Triangle Park NC office.  billdrake@earthlink.net

Dubie, Ellie

DECconnection member

7/12:  I worked at DEC from 1976 until 1994; and after taking a few months off I started temporary work at Fidelity Investments. My temporary position grew into a permanent position within a year at the World Trade Center in Boston. My position there was as an Electronic Publishing Specialist -- in 1997 I was promoted and moved to Merrimack, NH as a Senior Electronic Publishing Specialist. At Fidelity, my position included many things -- from typesetting, to graphic design, etc., on Annual and Semiannual reports and prospectus' reports. I interfaced each day with business partners who were legal specialists and accounting managers, which was a great life experience that I enjoyed very much. By spring of 2011, I decided to retire as my commute of an hour to work and an hour home was taking a toll on me. My retirement was in June of 2011. edubie4@comcast.net

Duchemin, Ray

1/11:  Greetings to all my former DECcie friends. I am currently working as a senior software engineer at AT&T in Tampa and recently published my first novel (MindLink) under the pen name of Raymond E Dyer. I would love to hear from any of my old friends at red0107@gmail.com.

Durant, Judy

DECconnection member

3/21: DEC retiree Judy Durant is still a Realtor in Bradenton Florida, finding snowbird and retirement homes in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. She has 24 years of experience and all the tools to find anything from entry level condos to houses. Check out
her website ([www.judydurant.com](http://www.judydurant.com)) to see the area and what kinds of properties are there.

6/11: The Real Estate market has risen from the ashes in Florida. I'm having my busiest year in a long time and there are some great Real Estate values here now. Come on down! Peter and I live just south of Tampa Bay (Bradenton/Sarasota area) - really a beautiful spot on the west coast.

Durant, Peter

DECconnection member

11/22: Pete Durant sent us a story of his hiring: In 1967 I’d been managing a memory test group at Honeywell when some DEC people I knew recommended I interview there. I set it up and set off to the Mill at Maynard to interview. I had a nice, but short, chat with the manager of the new PDP-11 development group, and then he said, “They tell me you’re a good memory guy, so why don’t you spend this time to pick out all the test equipment you will need for the work, and when do you think you could start”? Does the style sound familiar? Only at DEC! I spent 23 satisfying years there, until the special early retirement program in 1999, which my wife and I both took after we both worked the last 5 years in England." pvdurant@gmail.com

2/13: I'm retired, playing golf, biking and cooking for my wife Judy who is working 24/7 as a successful realtor
(judy@judydurant.com). SW Florida is a great place to retire, and we love it here. We're near Sarasota, the cultural capital of West Florida. Would like to be closer to children (MA and CA) but...
Regards, Pete Durant 

Earls, Alan

DECconnection member

3/21: Alan Earls, a contractor in the ASAP co-marketing program at Marlboro in the 1990s has just co-authored (with Dr. Bob Krim at Framingham State) a new book, Boston Made: From Revolution to Robotics, Innovations that Changed the World. available online and at local bookstores. The book covers 400 years of "innovation culture" and includes the story of core memory, invented by Ken Olsen mentor, Jay Forrester (also a DEC boardmember) in the early 1950s. Earls previously wrote Digital Equipment Corporation and Route 128 and the Birth of the Age of High Tech for Arcadia Publishing. More information is available at www.BostonMadeBook.com. alan.earls@post.harvard.edu

2/11:  Alan Earls (alan.earls@post.harvard.edu) writes that he is taking his interest in tech history into a new part-time position as Director of Development at the Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, MA. [Ed. note: Alan published a definitive work about Digital in 2004.]  See Members in Print.

12/09:  Alan Earls recently published an article about DEC, mentioning Gordon Bell's and Harlan Anderson's new books:


Emerson, Will

4/11: Will Emerson, Sudbury MA: Currently self-employed as a Multi-Disciplinary Habitational Technician (in other words - I'm taking care of the house while my wife, Mary-Lee, continues with her highly challenging position in the healthcare industry ). I am seeking to return to the insurance industry as soon as possible. Also, we're eagerly anticipating the Jimmy Buffett concert in June followed with a week in Waldoboro Maine come July. will_emerson@verizon.net

Enright, Marce

DECconnection member

5/21: Marce continues maintaining the web site www.nejazz.com. However, when Covid19 hit a year ago, all music venues were forced to close. Musicians began streaming their music on-line over the internet. Some of these have been added to our calendars, while we look forward to the resumption of in-person, live Jazz. marce@nejazz.com

5/20: Marcelle Enright, 84, badge 128686: still alive and kicking. I have a website (www.nejazz.com) that shows people where to find great LIVE Jazz or Big Bands (Like our Compaq Big Band) in New England. But with this nasty Covid-19 virus, all the musicians are out of work. It's heartbreaking! I sincerely hope our lives get back to normal in the next couple of months.
2/16: Marce Enright writes: 80 years old last June, I still maintain the New England Traditional Jazz web site at www.nejazz.com. Check it out! Happy Birthday, Marce!  
3/12:  Marce Enright, at 76 1/2, is still encouraging people to get out and support Traditional/Dixieland Jazz anywhere in their neighborhood, or the world! If you're visiting New England, you'll find them on her calendar, updated daily, at www.nejazz.com

Evans, Jim

2/13: I am currently working at Oracle in Burlington, MA as a SPARC server qualifications engineer.  n1hts@comcast.net

Faucher, Cathy

7/17: New member Cathy Faucher of Nashua writes that she is interested in renting out her waterfront Cape house in Falmouth. Available summer weeks are August 6 and 20 (Sunday to Sunday) as well as Sep and Oct rentals. Contact: cfauch3@gmail.com

Ferguson, Ian

DECconnection member

11/20:  Just joined DEC Connection.  Love that you're periodically reminding us of the best years of our lives working for one of the best companies that ever existed. Later I ran 4 companies with all the lessons I learned from DEC. Reading your newsletters over the years it's clear many of us share the same feelings about the amazing culture we all participated in. We all learned many of the same important skills and attitudes. imferguson@sympatico.ca     Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00A8XSOGQ

Ferrara, Ray

DECconnection member

9/17: Ray Ferrara writes that he is now working on a technology that will make the semantic web a reality - one where you can "google" one or terms and get back real data sets and not just web pages that have one or more of the terms on them.

2/12:  Does any one know where Ken Gordon, the former head of DSTAR, is located? I have run across a new type of database that is self-defining and want to discuss it with him.  rferrara@rbmtechnologies.com

Field, Liz

2/13:  I am still a massage therapist (since ending my technical writing career in 2001). I also am an artist and a quilter (and a grandmother). Some of my art is on my web site: http://home.comcast.net/~ejefield16/index.html             ejefield16@comcast.net

Fierro, Guillermo Barrera

1/14: Guillermo Barrera Fierro, Miami FL writes: I like to stay active. After I sold my dot.com back in 2002 I have been studying the market for new opportunities, and many have come true. I am open to working with interested parties.  gbfierro@gmail.com

Figuerido, Bob


1/10: Retired from HP in 2002 after 22 years with Digital and Compaq working in Real Estate Construction. Worked in Boston for Jacobs Engineering until July 2008. Presently working 3 days a week at Shepherd Engineering in Worcester. Registered Professional Engineer is 11 states and presently a Board Member on the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Filgate, Bruce

DECconnection member

4/13:  Bruce has completed some fascinating civic projects in recent years:
Mapped and updated Boylston’s Old Burial Ground

Updated/typeset and indexed Boylston’s Historical Series in LaTeX

Continuing to use computer and electronics knowledge consulting/writing/researching.

Finer, Barbara

7/17: Regretfully, TechSandBox closed its doors on 7/31/17 due to lack of funding. During our tenure we helped over 50 start-ups in the MetroWest area.

1/16:  Barbara Finer writes that Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Polito visited TechSandBox, the innovation hub in MetroWest during January. Among the luminaries attending the proceedings was Rose Ann Giordano, former Digital VP, Board of Advisors to TechSandBox, and DEC Connection member.
5/14: Barb is very proud to announce that TechSandBox has been awarded a Mass Tech Collaborative Planning Grant.  Congratulations to Barb and the 60+ volunteers at TechSandBox!
10/13: Barb Finer is excited to announce that Governor Deval Patrick attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Hopkinton location of TechSandBox! on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. 103-105 South St. Hopkinton, MA. Info: www.techsandbox.org or barb@techsandbox.org.
July 2013: Barb is our Featured Entrepreneur.
2/13:  I was a DEC employee in Large Systems engineering (DEC-10/20). We’ve started a physical incubator/innovation center in MetroWest (35 towns by definition) to support entrepreneurs in science and tech startups who live and/or want to start here. We have start some meetups to introduce ourselves, the concept and also get volunteer committees going. Any entrepreneurs in the region and other key stakeholders, please come to a meeting to check us out. www.techsandbox.org is the main site and the Calendar has links to the meetups. 

Fletcher, Dick

9/19: Dick Fletcher sent in a photo of a handsome print of the Colorado Springs Facility which he received at his 1992 retirement. See photo here.  fletcher488@msn.com

Foley, Rita

3/16:  We are sad to report that our member Rita Foley passed away on March 30, 2016 at age 63 after a courageous battle with cancer.

3/11:  Rita Foley, Brooklyn NY, wrote that she retired from being President of a $1b global packaging business 5 years ago in order to dedicate herself to giving back. Today she spends a third of her time on non profit work (she is on the board of Pro Mujer International and The Healthcare Chaplaincy). The second third is for serving on corporate boards so she can provide donations to those non profit initiatives. She also leads Crenshaw Associates board services practice. The last third is for fun. Under the fun category, Rita loves to travel and she has just co-authored a book Reboot Your Life. Energize Your Career & Life by Taking a Break, available April 2011. Visit www.rebootbreaks.com for workshops and more information. Congratulations, Rita! photo of book above right. rvfhome@aol.com      See Members in Print.

Foster, Kim

DECconnection member

3/21: After graduating from NH Technical Institute joined Digital Equipment Corporation; worked in manufacturing, Corporate Support and Western Region Support for 34 years – had a great time – traveled the world and the country. Worked for TSA (Transportation Security Administration) for eleven years as a lead officer at San Jose International Airport – met lots of great people. Retired at 66. Life is Good!  fosterklf@yahoo.com

Fox, Mary

DECconnection member

1/20:  Moved to the Seattle area in August 2019 to be near our son Keith and our two beautiful granddaughters. Enjoying retirement, golfing, gardening and babysitting. Still have very fond memories of my 30 years at DEC, Compaq and HP. Taking the HP early retirement package in 2005 was the best decision I ever made. Special thanks to the DEC Connection board volunteers for keeping this site going. golfingmary@gmail.com

9/11: I recently retired from my second career in Healthcare IT at Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, VA. Now enjoying golf and travel. golfingmary@gmail.com

Fraser, Linda

06/09:  Linda Fraser has recently kicked off a business venture. Website is http://www.packagedroi.com/

 - I am looking for an energetic person with sales background and experience in Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution who would like to partner with me in growing this business. Contact her at 603-672-3400 or voyager2349@comcast.net

Fraze, Jay

DECconnection member

3/17: I've been in Denver, CO for 20 years after moving from the East Coast. Currently I am on the Board of the Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce and Director of Membership & Sponsorship recruiting. jfraze1@gmail.com

12/15:  I worked in Sales for the DEC Financial District in NYC. Now I live in Denver, CO. On the Board of the Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce and work there part time recruiting new Chamber members & sponsors. Also on the Board of the Cherry Creek Theatre.

Frazier, Carole

11/20: Carole Frazier writes: I worked at four Digital facilities AND LOVED EVERY ONE. People who worked at Digital stayed until they had to leave because of age or illness. We all loved Ken Olsen and Digital. I loved Digital and everything about it. My boss was Renate Baptiste, an outstanding boss. Ken Olsen used to visit each facility and talk to his employees in cafeterias, just to find out how and what we all thought. There will never be a company/exec better than Digital or Ken Olsen. carolejfrazier13@gmail.com

Freedman, Edward

10/16: I started at DEC in the Mill for Software Development Methods & Tools, moved to Spitbrook with Technical Languages and worked on BLISS and VMS Debug. Later I joined Mid-Range Systems doing Advanced Development on Parallel Architectures & Algorithms. Then moved to Digital Semiconductor's Alpha Engineering (Architecture, then Applications) in Hudson, Shrewsbury, and Marlborough. I left in 2001, went back to grad school to get a degree in Bioinformatics. Went on to develop software for genomic science at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. I now teach Bioinformatics at Harvard and consults independently. In my spare time, I am president of the Greater Boston Chapter of the Association for Computer Machinery (GBC/ACM), and occasionally produces events for the Cambridge Science Festival. edward.freedman@acm.org

Friedman, Cindy

7/17: Tim Horgan wrote in with some exciting news about another former DECcie: Happy to report that former DECcie Cindy Friedman was sworn in as a Mass. State Senator. She becomes the 13th woman currently serving in the Massachusetts Senate, representing the 4th Middlesex district that includes Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Woburn, and parts of Lexington. Cindy was an Engineering manager while at Digital. Click for Boston Globe story. Congratulations Cindy!

Friedrich, John

2/12: I am currently with Dell’s Nashua Design Center (NDC) [formerly ZKO2] functioning as a Global Supplier Quality Management Sr. Advisor A.K.A. Supplier Quality Engineer. Joined what was the EqualLogic a start-up in the iSCSI storage array space in 2007 and was quickly acquired by Dell. Nice to see the rest rooms still had the chalkboards in them. This year they may call me a Global Operations Engineer, and responsibilities shifting accordingly. Connections on LinkedIn and Facebook.    johnfriedrichjr@gmail.com

Fuller, Clifford


3/12: Clifford Fuller: Currently retired in Milford. Working at DEC was MUCH better. A note to members: If you live on or near Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Surftones have rehearsals each Monday evening at 7:30 in the Unitarian Church on route 6A in Barnstable. They love to have visitors and also are looking for new Chorus members. Barbershop style singing. I live a little too far away to attend myself, but ENJOY. cfuller49@msn.com

Fuller, Royce

2/11:  From Royce Fuller (roycefuller@verizon.net): "I have been retired for 7 years from Bank of America, which I joined after Compaq selected me for outplacement. My wife and I own and manage 3 multi-family rental properties in Maynard and Acton as our "retirement jobs" and I enjoy golf, skiing and travel for my recreation. I am happily anticipating a grandson, due any day now, to join my 5 other grandchildren."  Updated from 1/10.

Fuller, Sam

1/11:  I am the CTO and VP of R&D at Analog Devices, Inc. I now work on IC's that have an ASP of about $10 and have the performance and capacity of some of the PDP 11/70's or VAX 11/780's that sold for $250K or more back when I joined DEC in 1978. sam.fuller@analog.com

Gaskill, Wayne

DECconnection member

1/21: Mary-Jo and I are doing fine living in the Tampa, Florida area.   We have been retired for 15 years and I love helping others in the community and church. We still do boating in the Florida way, which is a smaller boat so we can scoot around the area waters.  We have two grandchildren who are twins in the DC area.  Life is GOOD!  c.wayne.gaskill@gmail.com

2/13: I am retired and do some volunteering for the local Church here in the Tampa area. I also help a few friends with their boats and have make it a point to hit the gym every morning. Of course I have the never ending honey-do list that I enjoy. Capt. Wayne Gaskill

Gavin, Barbara

DECconnection member

3/17: I am now happily retired!  bar1005@yahoo.com

Germanowski, Glen

 2/13: (DEC 1980-1992) – The company where I was serving as General Counsel was acquired in December of 2012 and as a result, I am now in private legal practice, working with high tech companies, particularly in the areas of employment law, contracting, and privacy and data retention. After DEC, I spent 16 years as an attorney and VP/Associate General Counsel at Sybase, Inc. I can be reached at 978 228 9482.

Gilchrest, Lucille

4/13: My husband Bob and I have been wintering in Boqueron, Puerto Rico for the last 8 years and love the warm temps and beach waters. We have made many friends from all over, and I am on the Board of International Friendship Club, a non-profit organization that raises money to support women/children/animal shelters on the island. Back home in North Waterboro, Maine, we live on Lake Arrowhead, and enjoy fishing, our 6 grandchildren who come from Maine, Virginia, and California, and work 2 days a week on the boat ramp monitoring for invasive milfoil. Bob serves on the water committee and I help out with fundraising. We try to keep active and love to travel. We are planning a European river cruise this year for our 50th anniversary. Life is Good!!rgilchrest@roadrunner.com

Ginac, Linda

05/09:  Linda Ginac is Founder and CEO of The Ginac Group, a leading career development and education company headquartered in Austin, Texas, and a trailblazing volunteer in many professional and charitable organizations. www.ginacgroup.com    Linda was a speaker offering career advice to fellow DECcies in our concall series "The Ultimate Job-Finding Concall" in May, 2009.  linda.ginac@ginacgroup.com

Ginger, Ron

DECconnection member

12/11: I am retired to the coast of Maine. I still do my boating, completing a 2000 mile run from Ottawa Canada to Maine, via the Great Lakes a few years ago. I'm also still into technology, active in computer control of machinery. ronginger@roadrunner.com

Girouard, Jaye

8/10:  Retirement just wasn't for me so I have a lovely part time job working at Cavium Networks in Marlboro. I'm helping them with their college program, which is perfect for me. I also have 3 grandkids who take up

some of my time. Just got back from London/Paris! Awesome. justjaye40@yahoo.com

Gleason, Kristy "Woobie"

7/17: Kristy "Woobie" Gleason of Nashua NH writes that she is now working in Configuration Management at BAE Systems. woobiesluv2hug@gmail.com

Glorioso, Bob

DECconnection member

6/12: I am chairing our Ham Radio Club's 24 hour emergency exercise as part of a national emergency drill June 23 and 24. We will be operating 4 radio stations on emergency power at the Concord Rod and Gun Club near the Concord Rotary. We will set up in the morning, go on the air at 2PM, operate until 2PM on Sunday the 24th and be on our way home by 4PM after packing our gear and tearing down about one-dozen antennas!

2/12: Dee and I are spending the heart of the winter at our little condo in Florida before returning to Stow to sing in the Sounds of Stow Festival Chorus and Orchestra's winter concert on March 18. Thanks to some of the technology we pioneered at DEC, I am able to keep up with my BOD and technical consulting work while watching Manatees swim by.   Bob & Dee Glorioso, Riviera Beach, FL.  rglorioso@comcast.net

1/10:  I am mostly retired but enjoy consulting for entrepreneurs and sit on the Boards of Boston Green Goods that has several e-tailing websites, including www.Allergybuyersclub.com and www.greenandmore.com, Boston Logic that creates websites and does on-line marketing for the Real Estate industry, and B'aires, a wholesale distributor of fashion accessories from South America, www.welcometobaires.com.

Goldenberg, Ruth

10/10:  I have retired from high tech and have been focusing on healing people rather than software. I'm a Reiki volunteer at Emerson Hospital in Concord MA and Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor ME. I've just completed a two-year program in Biodynamics Craniosacral Therapy and am intending to grow a healing business. goldenruth@gmail.com

Goodwin, Dave

DECconnection member

Here is a link to Dave's thesis on Digital's demise.

2/10:  I am an ex-DECcie from the UK. Currently I am working part time for the UK Government in IT. At the same time I am studying for a PhD at the University of London, looking at the downfall of DEC and the potential that was there at the ed. I should finish my theses in about a year from now.  dave.goodwin@gmail.com 

Goodwine, Martha

2/13: I'm still at HP, working for the Global Financial Governance and Compliance team. I continue to work at home (17 years now) and stay in contact with colleagues via regularly scheduled training days, functions, and f2f (face-to-face meetings). I've been offered early retirement 3 times but continue working to keep all my animals (2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 horse) living in the manner to which they have become accustomed! I feel extremely blessed and valued!  m.goodwine@hotmail.com

2/10:  Martha Goodwine (formerly named Smithwood '78-'85, Phinney '85-'04) writes that she is now a Senior Financial Analyst/Worldwide Risk Compliance (Policy and Compliance) for Hewlett Packard. Martha has put in 32 combined (Digital/Compaq/HP) years with the company, and is now a telecommuter working from home in Hollis NH (her management based on the west coast). 

Gould, Fred

DEC Connection member

2/13: I recently joined Facebook after I dropped my landlines and felt that I needed some channel to allow folks to find me. I have been able to connect with former DEC colleagues around the world by using Digital GIA search on Facebook and have found many of our former GIA people in Australia, Japan and South America that I have not connected with in 20 years. Fred Gould #115  veloman@roadrunner.com

Greer, Lou

DEC Connection member

12/11: The City of Greenville, SC has asked me to chair the host committee of the 2012 Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (www.mcla.us) championship tournament. We beat out San Diego and Denver to become the host city for the event that will take place here on May 14th through the 19th. The MCLA includes club lacrosse teams from 212 colleges and universities from across the country. The Division I champion in 2011 was Brigham Young; they beat Arizona State in the final.

7/11:  It's about ten years since my age dictated that retirement is about the only job I was not overqualified (or in reality not too old) to obtain. I have stayed pretty active as a high school lacrosse referee and coach, but the past couple of months have offered me the opportunity to use the skills and finesse I learned as a member of Deb Nichols' Program Team for DECworld 1992. I was a leader of the Greenville, SC team that got our city selected to host the 2012 and 2013 Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) national championship tournament. Little Greenville was chosen over San Diego and Denver. The MCLA is an organization of 200+ college club lacrosse teams, including Boston College, UCLA, Michigan, Brigham Young, and many others.

I am now co-chairman of the organizing committee that will prepare for and execute the tournament ... the largest event of its type that Greenville has ever hosted. Our job includes the overseeing of the renovation of our stadium. You may have seen our ancient stadium; it was the one used for George Clooney's movie Leatherheads. Although I am not getting paid for my efforts, it is great to feel the same enthusiasm for a task that I did when I was with Digital 18 years ago.
Lou Greer, Digital 1980-1993.

1/10:  Recently remarried (9/22/08), Dee and I are living in retirement between our homes in Greenville, SC and Natchez, MS. In February we're hoping to establish a small DECconnection group in the SC Upstate. We would welcome a visit from any DEC alumni. We have a Red Sox-affiliated baseball team that plays on a field with the dimensions of Fenway ... including the Green Monster.

Gunn, Dale

DECconnection member

5/17: Left HP/EDS in November 2008 having worked there since 2000 after being laid off from Digital in November 1992. Retired from corporate work force in 2009 turning 66. Now working with top financial coaches Orrin & Laurie Woodward, Chris & Terri Brady, and Jerry & Polly Harteis helping build communities of people to get out of debt, make more money, and pay less tax through LIFE Leadership.  dcgunn@gmail.com

Hall, Bernie

DECconnection member

10/16: Photo at left of Bernie with Harry Manuel and Nancy Kilty at the Oct. 2016 Mill Reunion. Bernie and Harry were the winners of our "Lowest Badge Number" contest.

1/13:  I drove by the old Digital Parker Street facility (PK1, PK2 & PK3) today and was shocked to see two of the buildings (PK1 & PK3) demolished! The site is slated to be rebuilt as a shopping center.  I took these photos standing at the end of the pathway between the old DCU building and what used to be PK3. It was the best of times!           behall5@hotmail.com 
On the left is a pile of PK3 rubble, frozen pond near the center and PK2 off in the distance

Ham, Ron

1/21: Ron Ham writes: My two sons and a grandson put together our Ham Ancestry thru 1800. This effort included the four of us on a two week visit to Poland. It was great! We actually knocked on the door of The old Ham Farm. (In fact, it is a tree farm and saw mill that has been in continuous operation by a Ham (actually Cham) since 1850. Really cool. rjham@aol.com

Hamilton, Karen

7/21: We are very sad to report that Karen passed away on June 4, 2021.

1/17: Karen Hamilton wrote in with a unique item of Digital memorabilia - a RECIPE book! You’ll never guess what I just came across! _Look What We’ve Cooked-Up! Digital’s Delectable Dishes_. Recipes submitted by the employees of Digital Equipment of Canada Ltd (Kanata). Couldn’t find a date on it, but it does have a recipe for Nanaimo Bars – one of the best reasons to visit Canada! Yum!
Karen was kind enough to give us all the recipe!   

1/13: After a number of years of retirement I’m now working at the Clinton Senior Center in the kitchen. We provide 5 nutritious meals a week at a nominal fee. karenhamilton@verizon.net

1/10:  Still living in Clinton; still working 3 days a week at Massachusetts Youth Soccer Assoc as the CORI admin. A member of Eastern Star in Maynard; of Clinton Fish & Game; and clerk this year of the Clinton Historical Commission. Do the publicity for the Lancaster Garden Club of which I'm a member. Cancer-free 5 years this past October. New titanium hip set off the metal detectors to and from my recent vacation-- a Caribbean cruise.

Harotian, Diana

DECconnection member

7/21: I am living in Ashland, MA and still working. I am currently at Cisco Systems in corporate information security compliance as Transformation Manager for x-org compliance initiatives.  My daughter Liana lives in Los Angeles and will be having her wedding in Mendon, MA this autumn, rescheduled from 2020!  consultdia@aol.com

3/13:  Diana is now a full-time LLD Program Teacher in Sudbury School District. In addition she is a Realtor at ERAKey Framingham, MA, and continues management consulting locally through her company ManEDGEment Solutions.   

Harris, Bill

DECconnection member

11/22:  I joined DEC in 1980 as Canadian MIS Operations Manager, in 1982 moved to SWS Manager of the Canadian Customer Support Centre. When Canadian HQ moved from Kanata to Toronto built and managed the Application Centre for Technology. Moved to Marketing as Canadian Small System Market Manager then Client Server and Strategic Technology Marketing Mgr. Eventually moved to the PCBU, ran the Canadian NT Wizards program. When Compaq acquired became Commercial PC Group Manager then Storage Product Manager. Great times all! Still have lunch every other Friday with other ex-DECies, still going strong for 25+ years! Wrh@cdnharris.com
Hart, Kevin4/23: Kevin Hart sent in a photo of his DEC Hockey League jacket! There's a special memory for lots of guys. We've added it to our online promotional museum on the website - click here to view. Kevin says: I have this jacket from 1987. I was at DEC from 1977 to 1992.
 Lots of memories.

Helliwell, Dick

DECconnection member

4/17:  Dick Helliwell writes that he has moved to Carson City, NV, not far from his previous home in Dayton, NV since 2015, and is still working remotely for DataDirect Networks, Inc. rph@alumni.stanford.edu

2/13:  Dick Helliwell is a firmware architect at DataDirect Networks Inc.  He develops firmware for high-end storage controllers. 

9/12:  Dick Helliwell has been working as a Firmware Architect at DataDirect Networks, Inc. in Colorado Springs since his retirement from HP in 2007.

Herbert, Carolyn

2/13: I do like to take part in your get-togethers and enjoy hearing where others are and what they are doing.  I am retired and will move to Vermont sometime this year. I spend my time doing volunteer work with the Harvard Council on Aging and The Harvard Womens club. Enjoy oil painting on wood and canvas . Also have a small business of framing with a product of a wedding invitation and mirror. Thanks for your updates. cherbert14@verizon.net

Hernandez, Gail

10/15: I'm offering consulting with firms who need help with their trade show programs. I offer strategic planning and logistics management and will be accepting new clients starting December 2015.  I can be reached at 603-654-2130 and via email at tradeshowmaven@yahoo.com

6/13:  I'm Gail (Georges Smith) Hernandez, and although I'm currently a corporate trade show manager, I'm looking for contract trade show consulting projects starting July 2, 2013. I also sell Premier Designs High Fashion jewelry for fun and profit. Since 1994, I've been offering my trade show marketing skills to large and small businesses as The Trade Show Maven. In addition to strategic planning I offer booth staff training and logistics assistance. As a Diamond-Level CTSM professional (Certified Trade Show Marketer), I advise other trade show and event professionals with their certification and also am a career advocate for anyone seeking employment (that means I try to give good advice!) I welcome the opportunity to talk with anyone interested in improving their trade show or event program.

Hering, Sally

2/13:  Sally has built a successful real estate career, and has moved to Naples FL - Contact her at sahering@msn.com

4/10:  After leaving DEC/CPQ in 2000 I have worked as Sales VP for Ernst & Young Technologies, Park City Solutions and Atlanticon focusing on Healthcare Tech and Consulting Solutions covering most states. I am currently seeking my next career opportunity and would like to reach out to former DECee's to network! I continue to reside in the Ft. Lauderdale area for 30 yrs now and love it!

Heuberger, Reinhard

8/12:  Hello, it's been a long time ago when we were in contact. A lot has happened in the meantime and a new project with more than 2 years of development is completed. The DEC RL01/RL02 disk simulator is up
and running. More details, including a video can be obtained from my homepage www.pdp11gy.com

The idea behind my project is as follows: General, a Hardware has a life cycle but the Software never can die.
When the children of our children are grown, they have the opportunity to remind themselves of the DEC software and they can also run too real. I was just the beginning and maybe find someone to enhance and develop the project. A sponsor would be a great help. Finally, it is a question of money and time. Anyway, have fun with my video, It is a beautiful reminder of the DEC time.  Best regards from Munich/Germany. 

2/10:  Reinhard Heuberger in Germany has posted a note looking for RL02 disk drive design information - please reply if you can help him with his vintage DEC PDP-11 Computer hobby. Reinhard.Heuberger@gmx.de

01/09: Reinhard, our new member, is a guy with the fastest PDP-11s in the world!


Higgins, Jim

DECconnection member

7/20: Jim Higgins, MA writes: As time goes on I understand more and more the hurt experienced in the collapse of DIGITAL and the unceremonious ousting so many thousands of us experienced. For so many years both DEC and IBM were touted in the literature as “employee-centric” and seemingly safe from massive layoffs. I communicated with a former IBM professional , who said she and her department's laid-off colleagues were deemed “surplus”. Despite the negative concluding experience at DEC, I cherish the memories of years of collaborative efforts with my colleagues. It was, in many ways, magical. Thanks to the DEC Connection for helping to keep the memories alive. higginjames@gmail.com

5/16: Jim Higgins and his wife moved to the Cape last year and they are very busy with various retirement activities. He reminisces: My years at Digital were some of the best years of my career. I keep in touch with about 30 former colleagues in the U.S., U.K., Switzerland and Australia. I value those friendships greatly I appreciate the opportunity to keep up on general news via DEC CONNECTION. We all shared a truly unique environment at a special place. It's difficult to explain the unicity to others, and it probably will never be recreated.
2/13:  Jim Higgins is retired in Harvard with his wife, Nadya. He is involved in volunteer activities as well as an occasional marketing consulting engagement.

Hoffman, Greg

2/13: I continue to work with Intermap Technologies (www.Intermap.com) in their Denver, Colorado based Corporate Headquarters office as the Director of Human Resources. Our company uses location based information to create unique market point solutions that help enterprises and government agencies solve their location based information challenges.

2/11:  From Greg Hoffman (ghoffman@intermap.com): I was a member of the HR group in DEC Colorado Springs Operation from 1987 to 1993, joining Quantum Corp. in 1993 when they purchased the major portion of the disk drive business from us. I am now working with a small high technology Geospatial company in Englewood CO as their HR leader. The DEC network continues to amaze me... I wonder if Ken ever really understood the magnitude of what was created here! 

1/10: Appreciate the work that you guys are doing to keep the DEC connection alive and well. I'm currently working with a high tech mapping company headquartered in Denver, CO as the lead HR guy. Having fun and looking forward to a successful 2010.

Hovsepian, Vartkes

DECconnection member

5/17: Currently living in Westford with my wife Nina who has been working 12 yrs at DCU. I am Community Services Director at New Horizons Senior Retirement Community in Marlboro. Enjoy tennis and hiking in my spare time.

1/12: After many years in hi-tech, even after working for DEC, I made a career change into consultative selling. I recently began a sales position with a payroll solutions company called Symphony. I am thoroughly enjoying working for a small company whose culture mirrors my values. Glad to be part of the Digital family again through DEC Connection. yergeenk@yahoo.com

Hughes, Lyle

DECconnection member

10/10:  I was WFR'd from HP in April 2010, but I'm grateful to have made it for 36 years (starting with DEC in 74) without a layoff, so I've been enjoying the Summer while I look forward to my Phase II career opportunities and challenges. HughesLT1@Yahoo.com

Hughes, Roland

DECconnection member

2/12:  Roland Hughes has recently released an EPUB version of "The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" which is available on both Sony and Barnes & Nobel Web sites. He is releasing two Qt focused titles in EPUB format during Q1 2012 "The Minimum You Need to Know About Qt and Databases" along with "The Minimum You Need to Know About Mono and Qt". He is also a technology blogger for Motley Fool so if you have OpenVMS news which can be directly tied to a stock symbol please pass it along. "Selected" blog posts are syndicated throughout "the Foolish Family" of sites so if you want to see OpenVMS mentioned far and wide again, pass along the info and visit the site to see how many times OpenVMS has been mentioned already. roland@logikalsolutions.com

Humphrey, Ray

9/21:  Ray was our featured speaker at the DEC Connection's Maynard 150th Birthday celebration dinner on Sept. 19.  Hear his remarks about what Corporate Security really did (keep secrets) on our website at this link. (34 min). The Q&A continues here (23 min.)

8/15: Ray is involved with: Board Director: Eid Passport/SureID with former Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge; General Ed Eberhart (former Chief of Staff US Air Force; Admiral Tom Collins (former Commandant Coast Guard); Buddy Beck; Bill Newton; Ernie Allen (former CEO Missing & Exploited Children).

2/13: Ray, who managed Security at Digital, is leading an exciting after-Digital life with international travel consulting to the government and industry on security issues and serving on several corporate boards: EID Passport with Homeland Secretary Tom Ridge; SecurTest; iSekurity; EmX/Blackwood Systems; U.S. Secretary of State's Overseas Security Advisory Council; State Department's Accountability Review Board.  Ray is the co-founder and a former president of the American Society of International Security (ASIS-Int'l) and is president of the International Security Management Association (ISMA).  Ray maintains his home in Sudbury MA, but has lived in Naples FL (paradise) for the last ten years   rayhumphrey@earthlink.net

7/12:  Ray Humphrey sent in a wonderful Digital story about how we got picture badges.

Read it, and others, on our website here.  

Hunt, Sue
DECconnection member
7/23:  Sue Hunt has retired after a 47-year administrative career at Digital (22 yrs) then CPQ/HP/HPE. She was written up by HPE's employee magazine, and when we asked for a bit about her Digital background to add to it, she sent us an entirely new article about her Digital years! Here are both to enjoy. Congratulations, Sue (who now lives in FL). suehunt1@comcast.net

Hunter, Anne

DECconnection member

6/13: Prior to leaving Digital in 1987 I took painting lessons as a diversion from my high stress marketing job. Within a year of leaving I was teaching classes and had opened my own studio. What started as a hobby has turned into an extremely satisfying business venture teaching others how to paint and writing books and articles on painting for the web and for local and overseas publications. I also teach at a number of local art galleries and travel to teach at conventions, conferences and at chapter meetings of the Society of Decorative Painters. Go to my website at http://www.thecreativetouch.com for more information on current activities or email me at creativetouch@earthlink.net

Hunter, Barrie

6/22:  We are greatly saddened to report that Barrie passed away unexpectedly this month.  He will be missed at all our events.

12/15: Barrie Hunter sent some nostalgia: I spent nearly all of 1968 and 69 in the same room with the PDP6 referenced here (click for link) - seems like (and I guess it was) a lifetime ago. To think this beast (the PDP-6) took up an entire room and had less memory and less bandwidth than the iPad I'm typing this on. barrie.hunter@earthlink.net

2/13:  Barrie volunteered to serve on the Board of DEC Connection.  Thanks Barrie! 

Read about his background here. 

Iannuzzelli, Ray

DECconnection member

3/21: Ray Iannuzzelli started with DEC in Module Manufacturing in Salem, NH. During his 18 years with DEC, Compaq, and HP, Ray worked in Manufacturing & Design Engineering developing methods to design-in reliability before products reach Manufacturing. Today, Ray lives in Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia) enjoys attending school at the University of Delaware for 55+ adults, singing (now virtually), and the never-ending effort of staying healthy. riannuzzelli@gmail.com

06/09:  I wanted to share some very positive news that had its origin at the Digital 50th Reunion a few years ago. My wife and I went to the reunion with a friend and his wife who also had been employed at DEC. As a mechanical engineer with a long interest in solar energy, I was very interested in one of the companies displaying their products, Nanoptics, whose solar H2 generator peaked my attention. After talking with the owner about mechanical issues his equipment might experience and exchanging business cards I soon forgot about Nanoptics until almost a year later when I received an email requesting a quotation for some mechanical analysis services. I replied with a quotation, got the work, and started my consulting company, RJ Iannuzzelli LLC. Now, a year after starting that work and my company I am still going with two current clients, both startups. So thanks to The DEC Connection for the obscure and circuitous start of my consulting company.

Ignachuck, Frank

DECconnection member

1/21: This isn't really a newsbyte but I wanted you to know that I just bought a couple of t shirts from DECswag. One says "Digital - you had to be there" and the other has a picture of the Mill Clock and says "Not your run of the Mill Company." They both have the correct blue "digital" logo. They look great. Can't wait to wear them around downtown Maynard! DECswag.com   ignachuck@comcast.net

Infantino, Salvatore

 I am fine, and relaxing, my movement is limited. SALINF5228@aol.com

Isbell, Fred

DECconnection member

9/21: If you can, please support my JDRF bike ride on 9-25-21 – details at https://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?fr_id=8386&s_participantTrID=8386&pg=personal&px=11685840 I will be riding from my home in Maynard to Acton, Westford, Carlisle, Bedford, and via the Minuteman Bikeway to Cambridge and Belmont, and coming back the same way and going through Concord, Acton, Boxboro, and Stow to end up back in Maynard - 75 miles.  Great cause – my daughter Katie was diagnosed with T1 Diabetes at age 14; she’s now a first-year law student at Northeastern (where she got her undergrad degree in journalism), and this is my 5th ride in 6 years in her honor.  And if there’s a way to share with DECconnection members, all the better!    fmisbell@comcast.net

Jablonsky, Stephen

DECconnection member

1/20: Stephen Jablonsky sent us a photo of his impressive DEC mug collection, which you can admire here in our Promo Museum.    Stephen.Jablonsky@comcast.net

3/16: I started working for DEC in 1972 in the Mill (5-B and 5-5), moved to Marlboro(MR01) then to PK1, MK0 and LTN. In Littleton I worked for three companies (DEC, COMPAQ and HP) but had the same office. I retired in 2005 and am now enjoying my retirement and feeling fine. Prior to joining DEC I worked at BBN (6 years) on the PDP-1, PDP 7/8 and PDP-10(KA10/KI10) as a computer operator manager.

Jack, Bob

3/12:  I am still very active as a SCORE counselor for small business. My wife, Betty, and I will be celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary this August. We are about to leave for two months in Arizona. bobwjack@comcast.net

Johnson (formerly Lee), Taryn

5/13:  At Digital for 24 years, 1975 -1999. Worked in Maynard, PK3, PK1 & PK2, Bedford (customer training on Cosby Dr and Hudson (Semiconductor HL03-until it became Intel) I left DEC in Dec. 1999. Since then, I worked at GTE-Networking which eventually became Genuity, as a realtor in MA, and today am working at Genzyme in Framingham, MA. in the Metrology Dept. I am hoping to make the BBQ in June to meet and re-connecting with former DEC employees.  tjohnson@Hentar.com

Kahle, Jackie

DECconnection member

11/18: After 43 straight years working in the high-tech industry, I finally decided to retire! I worked at DEC/CPQ/HP from 1975-2003, then worked at a startup, Gartner, and my last 11 years at CA Technologies. So far I have been busy on my town’s (Wilton, NH) Economic Development committee, I sing with several choral groups, and I try to exercise daily – I have lived with MS for 26 years, so I try to do as much as I can. I’ve also been doing some writing, and thought all ex-DECies would be interested in the article I wrote on Grace Hopper’s long association with DEC and my experiences working with her when she was my customer in Washington, D.C. Here’s a link:


11/12:   I write a bi-weekly blog for CA Technologies, and this week’s post has a remembrance of Ken Olsen and Digital, which was sparked by my watching the recent DVD. Thought you and our readers would enjoy seeing it. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/P4tRFz Jackie Kahle (DEC/CPQ/HP 1975-2003) Jackie.Kahle@ca.com

10/11:  Jackie Kahle writes: Having spent 28 years at Digital/Compaq/HP (1975-2003) and after stints at a startup, ATG and Gartner, I am now a VP of Marketing at CA Technologies. Every single one of my jobs has been gotten through my network of DEC contacts!  I’m still living in NH with actor-husband Michael Dell’Orto, daughter Sarah is in arts management in New York. I’m also the Vice-Chair of the NH State Council on the Arts. Happy to reconnect with more ex-Decies out there! jrtkahle@comcast.net

Kallis, Steve

9/19: Steve Kallis Jr., who managed our video library, has the following request: In 1975, at the movie theater in Maynard, Digital had a "premiere" of the movie, Three Days of The Condor, starring a PDP-8/e system, Robert Redford, and Faye Dunaway. The event was quite fun, and was written up for On Line. Is there any way that I could get a copy or scan of that writeup? skallisjr@juno.com

Kearns, Geri

06/09: Geri Kearns, former LACR Property and Real Estate Manager, is now selling residential real estate in Palm Beach County. She can be reached at geri@gerikearns.com, Grand Floridian Estate Realty, Boca Raton, FL 33432, 561-212-8760.

Keefe, Bill
DECconnection member
4/23: Been retired for a number of years spending time in West Palm Beach and Venice, Florida.  Primary residence in NH. bill.keefe@gmail.com

Keeney, Terry

11/09:  I worked for Digital for 25 yrs, then Compaq, then HP and then retired in June 2002. At this time I started my own Handyman business. I spend my days driving around Sudbury MA fixing people's houses and having a great time.

Kelley, James E. (Jim)

DECconnection member

9/19: TSFO’d in October, 2002. After a year off, returned via two contracting assignments until Fall, 2008, at which point I retired. We moved from Hollis, NH to Dover, NH in 2006. Dover is considered part of Seacoast NH and a great location for us. Our five grandchildren are a joy, we’ve managed some interesting travel (China, Tibet, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Spain/Camino de Santiago, and Russia, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland), participate in local activities, and spend time in Maine. Never meet anyone here on the Seacoast who even knows what a Digital Equipment Corporation is (or was)!  jamesekelley@earthlink.net   603.343.4088 (h)  603.465.7237 (c)

Kennedy, Mary Ellen

DECconnection member

2/13: I'm currently a doing network support at a former DEC facility. In my free time, I'm working with a group planning to bring fiber to the home to 40+ towns in western Massachusetts (www.wiredwest.net maryellen.kennedy@gmail.com

3/12:  I'm currently working as a network technician in Hudson, MA at the old DEC HLO building.

Kilty, Nancy

DECconnection member

Nancy Kilty serves as President of The DEC Connection.  After retiring from Digital/Compaq with over 25 years in sales and marketing management and business development, she completed Northeastern University’s CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certification Program and became a financial advisor with SII Investments, Inc., and now Legacy Financial Advisors, www.LFSAdvisors.com

Nancy Kilty, CFP®
Legacy Financial Advisors, Inc., 1700 West Park Drive Suite 250, Westborough, MA 01581
Home Office: 617-924-0264  

Koch, Peter

DECconnection member

11/18: Peter retired the Digital Alumni newsletter this year.  Keeping website on for a few more.

1/16:  The newsletter The Digital Alumni is in its 23rd year and I enjoy keeping the worldwide DEC community connected. I congratulate the DEC Connection for keeping the DEC community connected as well! pkoch@decalumni.com

Kosinski, Michalene

3/12:  In 2002 I bought a huge old Grain Mill building in the sleepy little town of Greenville, New Hampshire, ten minutes from the Massachusetts border, and opened Antiques And Collectibles Mall of New England. We buy, sell and consign items from coins and jewelry to antique furniture and books, glass and pottery, military, hunting and fishing, tools, ephemera and more. For hours, directions & more go to www.AntiquesAndCollectiblesMall.com    manager@antiquesandcollectiblesmall.com

Kristoffy, Ivan

2/10: I am retired, since I accepted the retirement package from Digital in 1992. I am doing some volunteer work in our church. I am still somewhat active in the Hungarian Society of Massachusetts. Currently I have started to organize monthly get-togethers for those Boston area American Hungarians who, like myself, escaped from Hungary after the 1956 revolution. I am starting to write our family history. ivankristoffy@cs.com

Kuch, Bill

7/18: Bill Kuch writes: After 30 years, with 20 of that living overseas, I was separated from DEC in Singapore in 1998. From then, until 2001 I held several positions with different multinational companies and ultimately repatriated to the US. Upon return I semi-retired and worked at a couple of low stress jobs to keep occupied. In 2014 I ran successfully for a seat in the NH House of Representatives for the Towns of Bow and Dunbarton. I am presently in my second term. Bill Kuch, DEC badge 5400, billkuch@gmail.com

Kukla, Pam

9/19: At DEC, over the 25+ year period, I had the great good fortune to work in several organizations, beginning in 1974 for Bill Segal in a group that was responsible for marketing media -- paper tape, floppy discs, etc. -- to OEMs and college stores; ME/QC manager in Lou Gaviglia's Salem Systems Manufacturing; for Peter Mercury in the Software Products Group; Gary Eichorn's General Systems Business. I left DEC (the first time) to go work for a dot-com started by other DECCies that went, after a couple of years, dot-bust. I came back to DEC to work for Rose Ann Giordano in the e-Commerce business. I left DEC/Compaq in 1998 and went to work for Dorothy Terrell, another DEC alum, at NMS Communications, a telecom equipment provider. I retired from full-time (paid) work in 2008, moved full-time to our house on Cape Cod. Here, I became heavily involved with a wonderful non-profit, WE CAN (Women's Empowerment through Cape Area Networking, www.wecancenter.org). I eventually joined the board and finished a 2 year term as president at the end of 2018. Truly, I owe so much to DEC: I got to see the world, literally; learned so much -- about tech, marketing, and life; and supported myself and my son well. pam.kukla@gmail.com

Labbe, Julie

2/13:  I LOVE retirement.....or, perhaps I should say semi-retirement. I do work two part-time jobs that add up to 15-20 hours/week - mostly because I enjoy keeping my brain active and my computer skills current.
I so appreciate those of you who volunteer to keep decconnection going - it's nice to stay in touch with the DEC family!

Lambert, Stephen

10/12: My connection with DEC started in1958-1960; as electrical design engineer, I along with a mechanical engineer (Ken Fitzgerald) invented and built the first hard disk drive in Maynard. The HDD was identified as DF32, and that started DEC into the manufactured disk business. I was co-author with a few patents and later was a VP of DISC sponsored by Dr. Wang (Wang Labs) then Inventor & holder of 1st patent for fluid bearing disk spindle – Application No. US1970000049069. This CXO property was built to manufacture disk drives after I had left DEC to start DISC (Digital Information Storage Corporation) and now I am still working as a contractor for Hewlett Packard completing failure analysis of disk drives in the CX03 building in Colorado Springs. saldec@aol.com

Stephen has sent in some photographs of the Colorado Springs facilities (CX01 and CX02) that were recently dismantled by HP, and souvenir bricks might still be available - contact Rob Stubblefield for info at robertstubblefield@comcast.net.           See Stephen's photos on the CXO page.

Lampert, Arthur


8/14: Arthur Lampert wrote in to share the neat memorabilia at this link. I worked in Israel, which was based in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, until it moved to Ra’anana, just to the east of Herzliya. I began in June 1988 and stayed through the transition to Compaq and then HP, where I still work. My jobs have changed, of course. arthur.lampert@hp.com

Langdon, Barbara

View Barbara Langdon’s profile

5/21: Barbara Langdon was elected as a North Port City Commissioner for the City of North Port, Florida, where she and her husband "retired." Congrats, Barbara!  Barbara worked in Marketing Communications at Digital in the mid-1980s to early 1990s.

Lawrence, Mike

1/21: I joined DEC in July 1971 as a Tech on the PDP 8 test line. From there, I installed Typesetter interfaces on many major newspapers across the US, and occasionally had to modify the interface on site for functional issues. Lastly, I became Support Manager for the PDP 8/11 line, managing a group in Merrimack, Clonmel Ireland, and in England. I also took the SERP in 1992. After DEC, I worked for startups including Maxtor (Colorado), Adaptec and Aristo’s Logic (California) and Retired and live in Yucaipa Ca. We have 3 children and 4 grandkids, and they are our 2nd life.  mikeglaw@gmail.com

Lawrence-Longo, Sue

DECconnection member

9/21: Sue Lawrence-Longo’s confession: I once tried to remove Ken Olsen from the Hudson semiconductor facility. Yup, not my proudest moment. But in my defense, he didn’t look like a corporate executive, and I had never seen him in person.

So here’s what happened.    sllongo33@gmail.com

Lefebvre, Mark

DECconnection member

3/20: I worked at various DEC facilities including Tewskbury, Littleton MA, Acton, Andover and Maynard from 1986 to 1995. After taking early retirement from IBM in February of 2019 I have been active in the addiction recovery field. My wife Vivian and I founded Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth NH and I now manage a NH statewide grant that helps individuals and families dealing with opioid addiction re-enter the workforce. I am also a NH certified peer recovery coach. I now live in a small farmhouse overlooking a pond in Hampton Falls NH with my wife and yellow lab Layla. Our son Joey and daughter Selena have graduated from college and we are enjoying the empty nest. I truly miss my days at and friends at Digital. These were the most rewarding years of my professional career. onekaway@yahoo.com

Lengyel, Ed

DECconnection member

2/16: Carole and Ed Lengyel continue to enjoy golf and boating on Lake Keowee in the mountains of upper South Carolina. For now we are healthy and are getting caught up on our travel plans in both the US and overseas with cruises. Stop by! ed.lengyel@gmail.com

2/13: Ed and Carole Lengyel are enjoying lake living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwest South Carolina. We have welcomed the arrival of our third grand child (and first granddaughter) just last year, and try to get to see them often.  ed.lengyel@gmail.com

Letendre, Maureen

6/11: Our new Featured Entrepreneur is Maureen Letendre. Maureen is certified for several types of professional and personal coaching (all geared to helping her clients achieve excellence and personal satisfaction in their lives) and is a senior-level human resources consultant. Click here to read more about her business and talents.


Levick, Lois (at left, below)

DECconnection member

1/17: Lois Levick writes: Just returned from a catamaran trip in Guadeloupe! It was a wonderful adventure. Even saw a pod of around twenty dolphins who had great fun playing around our boat. loislevick@earthlink.net

3/12:  Run a satellite office in Framingham for SOAR 55 to place retired and unemployed folks 55 and over in not-for-profit volunteer positions.   Note: unfortunately SOAR55 disbanded in 2016.
8/11:  Lois Levick, Framingham MA, wants to let people know about a wonderful volunteer opportunity she enjoys - they are looking for additional volunteers:  Make a Difference in the Life of a Child this fall: Help an at-risk elementary school child improve their reading or math skills to succeed in school. Utilize your life experience to inspire children, help students gain confidence and competence and help support their future success as students by helping them master critical skills and abilities. No teaching experience necessary. Meet with student (s) twice a week for an hour during or after school for a school year long commitment. Training and support provided. Contact Lois Levick, Volunteer Coordinator at 508-532-5570, ext. 4353 or at

4/11: Lois wrote in Feb. to tell us of her UMass alumni trip to New Orleans to help Katrina victims. The trip was fulfilling and all this time later the needs are still great. Link to their blog: http://umass2011nola.wordpress.com

2/11: Lois Levick (loislevick@earthlink.net) writes that she is headed to New Orleans along with other UMass alumni for a Home Building Community Service Trip to help Katrina victims. The team will be there for one week to help people in need of assistance.

Levy, Dave

DECconnection member

3/16:  I am the Technology Coordinator for the [Pilgrim Area Educational Collaborative](http://www.pilgrimac.org) in Pembroke, MA. I also do bookkeeping work for [Brookwood Community Farm in Milton/Canton MA]( http://www.brookwoodcommunityfarm.org ). Other than that, you can find me riding my bicycle (4,000+ miles last year) and playing with my grandkids. david.alan.levy@gmail.com

Lindgren, John

08/09:  John Lindgren has started a new career in Non-Profit Fundraising. He is now the Director of Development for Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell. JohnLindgren@charter.net

Loether, John B.

Photo of John taken at 2006 Tribute to Ken Olsen at Gordon College

8/14:  We are greatly saddened to report that John passed away on August 22, 2014. See Memorials page for obituary and memorial donation information.

02/12:  We are very sad to report that John Loether, Digital sales trainer extraordinaire, is gravely ill at a nursing home in Worcester. His family invites letters and cards from old friends and co-workers, which he will probably not be able to acknowledge, but would appreciate receiving.

Lombardi, Frank

DECconnection member

9/22: Frank Lombardi writes that he is still working, now as an IT project manager at Ferrotec in Bedford NH. Franknh2@hotmail.com

1/15: Frank Lombardi writes that he is still working at PC Connection in Merrimack NH.

Long, Bill

Sadly, Bill Long passed away in January 2022.  See memorial page.

5/19: I was with Digital fairly early, badge 659, from 1963 to 1987. For the most part, it was a wonderful ride.  I began as a computer engineer, who didn't know a lot about computers, and managed to work my way through a series of promotions, as did many others who took advantage of the opportunities Digital offered during those years.  I joined the somewhat long list of VPs eleven years after hiring on. I expect some members will remember me and my wife Bettlou, although probably not from the picture that I am attaching.  The intervening years have been mostly kind to us, but they add up. It's a neat thing that you folks do in keeping some nice memories alive. longbill33@gmail.com

LoTurco, Ed

DECconnection member

2/12: Retired from my own Consulting Business and continue as Lexington High School Track & Field Coach.
Preparing for my 10th year riding for the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) while enjoying time with family and travel. 
9/10:  From Ed LoTurco, Lexington MA: I am presently semi-retired. Still doing part time consultant work under my company name EDM Consulting. I have also recently retired after 25 years as a Lexington High School Asst Football Coach, but continue as the Boys and Girls Field Coach for the Lexington High School Track & Field Teams. Enjoy riding my bike and each year ride in the Pan Mass Challenge Charity Ride.

Loughlin, Ian

3/11:  From Ian Loughlin, UK: Currently running a portfolio of Internet Marketing and Information Publishing ventures including Membership Sites. Providing training and consultancy to enable people to succeed in the field of Internet Marketing and to establish their own home-based business. ianloughlin@btinternet.com

MacArthur, Cecily

09/09:  Cecily MacArthur generously led us in a "Member Helping Member" concall  called “How to Stay Positive in Challenging Times”.  Cecily MacArthur is a Life Coach, a transition specialist, and understands powerful ways to manage the changes in your life from a positive perspective. cecily.macarthur@comcast.net

MacFadden, Bruce

11/11: I joined Digital in 1969 at the Mill, worked in Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Stow, Princeton, and parts of Europe. I came to Houston with Compaq from Singapore in 2000. I retired in 2003 after doing a bit of the prelim merger work with HP. My wife and I split our time with about 7-8 months in Texas and 3-4 months at Lake Sunapee, NH. macfad@att.net

Macksey, Pat

Patricia Macksey, Ardmore PA: After leaving DEC, I started For Pets Sake, LLC an In-Home-Pet Sitting Service in the Ardmore, PA. Currently have 8 employees and thoroughly enjoy being with people's pets every day! PatMaxi@aol.com

Malanson, Jim

6/13:  I retired in July of 2010 after more than 41 years with DEC, Compaq/ HP. My last position was VP Enterprise Development for L&D. Since retiring my wife Lynn and I have moved to Punta Gorda, FL. We had our second grandchild a couple weeks ago, and like many of you miss being close to family, but don't miss the cold weather and snow! I have been doing some consulting on how to establish a Workforce Planning Capability and Process for your company. Our main goal today is to enjoy life and remain healthy. jimmalanson@comcast.net

Malatesta, Paul

5/11:  Paul Malatesta writes that he is looking for a part-time job (about 20-25 hours per week). I live in Arlington and am willing to travel up to 20 miles away. Any contacts with the DEC Connection circle for possible part time leads for office work-customer service-public relations-etc. are appreciated! Email Paul: pmala47@yahoo.com

Mangiafico, Joe

2/13:  Worked in the Alpha Development Team at Hudson Mass Digital Semiconductor Facility, prior to Compaq purchasing Digital. I went through the entire phase from Digital to Compaq, onto HP and was as a team 'sold' and transferred back to Intel, which was forced to purchase the Hudson facility prior to Compaq, purchasing Digital back in 1998. HP had a design center in Colorado and wanted to di-vast the team and the team was transferred back to the Hudson facility during a 2 year period under the direction of Intel. After ~5 years of working for Intel, I retired after finishing a total of 40.5 years of service. I have been retired since January 2008, and enjoying being retired and spending more time with my hobbies and my grandchildren.

Marcus, Peter

2/13:  Since leaving Digital I have been a Tournament Director for the American Contract Bridge Association (card game), which I now do full-time. Think DEC Connection is great and, as I am moving from outside Hartford CT to Lynnfield MA, I hope to be closer to be able to attend some functions.   marcusp@att.net

Markoff, Eliane

11/12:  Art in Giving is sponsoring a special exhibit the week of January 28, 2013 at the Massachusetts State House featuring a selection of works from Art in Giving artists.

11/11: Our member, Eliane Markoff will receive a community award on December 13th from Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (W.E.S.T) at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge MA for her work with Art in Giving and the Rachel Molly Markoff Foundation. Congratulations, Eliane!   esmarkoff@artingiving.com

1/11: Elaine Markoff's charitable foundation, Art in Giving, has launched an e-mail newsletter. Eliane was featured at a UMass luncheon honoring Vicki Reggie Kennedy, where Eliane presented Vicki with an original painting in appreciation for her support. Eliane also held her first exhibit in a Paris gallery! at Le Marais section: http://www.galerie-des-impressionnistes.com

Marler, Bryan

Brian Marler


10/17:  Joined Dec in 1980 in Field Service Logistics, working for Tom Karpowski. Joined the awesome Nautilus team in '83; ESG in '87 with Don McInnis. Moved to the field in 1990 working for Mary Piehler and Tom Iannotti in Corning NY. Many sales jobs with Digital, Compaq and HP, until retirement from HP on October 30, 2012. Started with Seagate HPC Systems (Xyratex) on November 1st. Retired again, for good, in July 2016. Now loving retirement near Albany NY. Visitors most welcomed!

With regards, Bryan (cell 518-852-9081)  bbmarler@gmail.com

Martinez, Pablo

3/13: Hello!  I am Employee 2255 started in San German, Puerto Rico. My dream job started on Feb. 6, 1974. Enjoyed every minute of it!  Woke up in November 1990 and the lights were turned off.  PMartinez@nai-group.com
Masand, Suresh4/23:  We love the Cape and our Active Adult Retirement Community, "Southport".  ssmasand@gmail.com

Mascari, Luciano

2/13:  I teamed up with a fellow DECie Dave Berry to start Abyss Program Management LLC, www.abysspm.com, a global program management consulting practice specializing in the startup and recovery of: merger and acquisition integrations, programs, program management offices (PMO) and project portfolios for medium to large companies. Wherever possible we try to utilize our colleagues from the past in our business.  We published a few articles in PMWorldToday.net which you can see on our website.


Masingill, Joanne

2/11:  Joanne Masingill (masjoanne@aol.com) writes: Lon and I became Florida residents in 2010 since we are now spending 7 months in Florida. We enjoy the outside life in Florida but still think of ourselves as northerners. 2011 marks our 30th wedding anniversary and we have plans for a wonderful month long trip including a transatlantic cruise and 2 weeks in the UK.

McKenna, Gerry

DECconnection member

9/22: Gerald McKenna writes that, at age 83, he is still pursuing his work on behalf of alcohol-drug addiction prevention and intervention. His work involves intervention and education of adults, teens, and children to reduce the incidence or severity of this disease. Gerry lives in South Dennis MA on the Cape and is active presenting educational programs there. In his 15-year Digital career, from 1977 to 1992, he had several positions in Manufacturing Engineering at Maynard, Acton, Chelmsford, Andover, Purchasing in Franklin, and EAP in Roxbury. Gerry founded a Recovery Meeting for fellow Digital employees at a local Catholic school adjacent to the parking lot at the Mill. He had several interactions with Ken Olsen as part of his ongoing unofficial EAP work and feels that he owes much of his positive personal development to their relationship. He's still grateful for having had that opportunity. geraldvmckenna@msn.com

McKeown, Theresa

2/14:  So glad to meet DEC enthusiasts. DEC/VMS was my Holy Grail of Op systems. This feels like a rebirth!  I moved on to SAP ABAP Devt and was so gratified to find a Devt system almost as well structured as VMS - my boat sailed again!    tmckeown.tmak@virgin.net

McKinney, Tom

2/13: I retired from Cisco Systems in 2006, where I led the software engineering team that delivered MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) to market in 1998. We were the first network company to ship MPLS.
Since retiring I've been active in local, state and national politics, as well as traveling with my wife to spend time with our family spread across the US. 

McMann, Dennis

2/13:  Currently Managing Director, Enterprise Management Division of Windmill International, Inc., a member-owned business, providing innovative solutions and services to the United States and allied governments in support of national security and acquisition programs.  dennis@mcmann.net

3/12:  Dennis McMann is currently serving as Assistant District Governor 2011-2014 for Rotary Club of Hollis-Brookline NH drmcmann@tds.net

McNiel, John

5/10:  John McNiel sent in a 1979 Digital This Week featuring an article about the first decentralized A/P system that he worked on. Worked as system analyst for system 1119 in the mill - Maynard mfg - we had the 4 business - board shop - test equipment - etc. I reported to Jerry Christopher, plant controller, and to Phil Cognetta, system 1119 programming, etc. I took care of the REBNI system as well as the BOM maintenance. Nice to see the pics of the Mill again. I lived on Summer street in Maynard with my wife and 2 small daughters after leaving EDS in Boston. 

Medeiros, Christine

DECconnection member

7/20: Christine Medeiros, CA: Started out at DEC in 1980 as the DTW editor & photographer working out of Parker Street. Lucky to shadow Ken, Stan, Harlan, Gordon, Grace and many other history makers. I moved into HPS marketing until I was relocated to San Francisco as a solutions architect in the field. Left DEC after 15 years and spent the rest of my marketing career in software development and analytic industries. Newly retired, I volunteer with the American Red Cross as an International Services lead caseworker restoring families separated by war, disaster or any humanitarian crises. You can contact me at Christine.medeiros@redcross.org

Melle, Terry

DECconnection member

2/13: Terry Melle in Round Rock, TX 78681 is pastoring men, preparing couples for marriage and carrying a counseling caseload. Just finished the Ultimate Tailgate BBQ cook-off at Hill Country Bible Church. 22 teams fed over 400 people all manner of brisket, venison, fowl, sausage, pork etc.    terry.melle@att.net

Mello, Larry

DECconnection member

11/22: Spending my retirement in the South Carolina sunshine surrounded by golf courses. ⛳  Miss many of my old Ed Services friends. lcmello1@att.net

7/13:  Larry Mello (retired, near Charleston SC) writes that he would like to reconnect with other former instructors from Educational Services in Bedford. Some names are Ed Crowley, Bill Foley, Ray Corrado, Brian Hern, Tom Polaski, Tom Capalongo, and Bob Mellor. Please email Larry at email: lcmello1@att.net if you can help him find any of these or other Ed Services folks.

Mierzwa, Ed  (below, right)

DECconnection member

5/15:  Ed attended the April 2015 Computer Festival East in Wall NJ, and sent us a CD with 27 annotated photos of PDP-8's exhibited in commemoration of the 50th PDP-8 anniversary.  Link to photos.


Mileski, Jack

DECconnection member

1/16:  Jack Mileski, our DEC Connection VP, thought that some may enjoy reading this book about the management battles and employee strike/grass roots movement at the New England-based food chain Market Basket. He says: Digital Equipment Corp (DEC) was similar in having management respecting the employee base – with which the www.decconnection.org continues to exist after 17 years of DEC’s independent existence. I was also at Bell Telephone Laboratories where similar collegiate employees totally respected each other!

12/11:  Jack Mileski, of Stow MA, our DEC Connection Vice President, is the Polish DJ on "The Polish Polka Party" on the same station on alternate Sundays from 2-4 PM on the same station. He'll be on on Jan 1, 22nd, and 29th and then, starting in Feb, every 2nd and 4th Sunday.  jack@decconnection.org

Miller, Alan

DECconnection member

8/12:  Alan Miller writes: I never "left DEC"...still with HP (30+ years). I'm a Program Manager for HP Enterprise Services; currently finishing up a 2-year data center migration project for Coca-Cola in Atlanta. Alan Miller, PMP   milleralanh@comcast.net

Miller, Avram

DECconnection member


12/22: Avram was our 5th Tech Talk speaker on Dec. 6.  He gave a great presentation on the story of the development of Digital's PC lines.  Link to the recording here.  His book, The Flight of a Wild Duck, was published in Sept 2021 and is available on amazon.com.

4/19: Avram Miller recently joined DEC Connection. He is a former Former Group Manager at Digital Equipment (1979-1983) and Vice President of Business Development and co founder of Intel Capital (1994-1999) CEO, the Avram Miller Company (1999-2018). He is now retired and writing a book on the computer industry (1979-2004). Avram lives in Tel Aviv Israel. avram@avrammiller.com

Mirkin, Sonia

Sonia Mirkin (339-234-6325) I'm a full time real estate agent with RE/MAX. It's a great honor to help buyers find their dream home. I have a commitment to the sellers to sell their homes in today's market. Thanks to Digital my project management skills are a great help in Real Estate.  mirkin@great-home.net

Mitchell, Rodney

2/13:  Has been the Channel Manager at Glacier Computer since 2007. We manufacture rugged computers specializing in vehicle-mount, tablet and handheld mobile applications. Glacier products are distributed worldwide through a network of reseller partners.  rkmitchell49@gmail.com

Mollin, Richard

1/10: Richard Mollin is President of Sentinel Advisory Services, LLC a Registered Investment Advisor. This service focuses on helping people protect their 401K, IRA and other investment portfolios during the early stages of a market decline. When market conditions are favorable, relative strength comparisons are used select equities that are leading the market up. He recently started a blog at http://www.sentineladvisoryservices.blogspot.com    richard@sentineladvisoryservices.com

Molloy, Mary

11/12: Mary Molloy has published a book, Design Your Own Destiny -- Life Planning for the 21st Century. See www.maryamolloy.com

Molloy, Pat

DECconnection member

4/19: Pat Molloy reports that she has been happily retired for a year and a half, after 24 years at DEC and 18 years as a consultant on sales performance, and is finally able to enjoy her home on Marco Island in Florida. She moved there 15 years ago, but spent most of her time flying to various locations working with high tech clients on improving sales performance. So life is good, and she and her little Miss Molly Molloy, her 1½ year old Cavanese puppy, are having a wonderful time.  pat@thesalesalliance.com

2/11:  Pat Molloy writes: I live in paradise (Marco Island, FL), but I am not able to spend as much time here as I would like. I have been running my own consulting business for 13 years (lucky 13) and part of that work is to deliver workshops to high tech sales and partnership teams. Last month I was in Chicago (twice), Costa Rica and Seattle, and this month I am heading to Prague and Dubai. What incredible opportunities my clients give me. I am truly blessed. Looking forward to hearing news from other members.

Monroe, Chuck

2/10:  Chuck Monroe is still on a horse ranch in the hills outside Scottsdale. I came out of retirement to work as a Manufacturer's Rep for Arizona and New Mexico for environmental products that clean water and air for municipal and industrial plants. monroe@pegasusorg.com

Moore, Bob (C. Robert)

7/17:  We are sad to announce that Bob Moore passed away on July 8th.  He will be missed greatly by our DEC Connection community and we appreciate his dedication to us over the years.  We thank his wife Doris for her contributions as well.

6/12: Bob Moore, DEC Connection Treasurer, won an HP Computer at the last HP Retiree Briefing in Andover MA.  Here he is at left showing it off!

Morandi de Trarieux-Lumiere, Didier (DTL)


11/10: Didier Morandi de Trarieux-Lumiere (a.k.a. DTL, from Toulouse, France, where he helps their group of 1800 French ex-DECcies stay in touch), recently joined the DEC Connection and posted some musings about the Digital-Microsoft connection.

Murphy, Don

4/12:  I am retired in Provincetown after an incredible life and career with DEC. I have had the opportunity to apply my DEC experience and Ken's value system to business and community activities here in town. I do it with enthusiasm and pride as I see the results.  Life Is Good!
DEC Badge #144     

Murphy, Mary

11/12: Mary Murphy was selected out of 3,600 applicants to be the first owner of a Charles Schwab Independent Branch franchise in the United States. The selection process is rigorous, and the vast majority of candidates are rejected. Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. is one of the largest full-service investment firms in the world with over 300 company-owned branches, 10 million clients, and $1.8 trillion under management. Mary located her branch at 2 Cellu Drive, Suite 113, Nashua, NH (off Amherst Street near the former MKO) and welcomes all former Digital, Compaq, and HP staff to visit and enjoy a free coffee, tea, or soft drink.  mmurphy1030@hotmail.com

Murray, Judy

8/10: Judy Murray writes: I have now been living in Orlando, Florida with my family for 9 years. Enjoying the sunshine!  murrayju01@hotmail.com

Nealon, Bob

7/10: I continue to benefit from the wonderful experiences that we shared at Digital. I provide consulting and business advisory services to a wide range of clients and have been doing so for the past 10 years. My year around home is in Pocasset on Cape Cod where I am involved in various community groups. In addition, I am very engaged in the activities of my children and grandchildren. Contact me at 508-361-4849.  bobnealon@aol.com

Noonan, Lori (Hausmann)
DECconnection member
4/23: As for my years at Digital, I was 21 years old when I started in Burlington, VT in a brand new mfg plant. They recruited on my college campus in 1977 and I was absolutely thrilled to move there and start as a buyer for the production floor. Our team managed the transition of PDP11 production from Derry/Salem NH to VT. Ken Olsen was at my orientation in Burlington to see the new plant :)  My next job was in the Mill in Maynard and I branched out into new product introduction and then onto US Sales Operations, US Hi/Mid Range servers marketing/pricing and distribution. I even spent 2 years in the Altavista endeavor which was fascinating. The last 5 of my 26 years were focused on Servers in the US Market for Digital, Compaq and HP. I left HP in 2003 and moved into hospital administration until I retired.   Also, my last name before Noonan was Hausmann.    LoriNoonan@hotmail.com

Noyes, Newbold

6/14: A DEC friend sent me a copy of the July meeting of this group, which i was glad to discover had been formed. I worked in the Media Communications group from 1982 to 1992 making documentary marketing films about how our customers used our gear, how our gear was designed & made, with interviews with corporate CEOs, CIOs, OEMs & managers, technicians, secretaries, with our own designers, engineers, with Ken Olsen & other DEC upper management. We also made opening shows for various DEC events, for DECtown & the various subsequent DECworlds, & other marketing & trade events such as the auto shows, etc.
We covered DEC customers across the US, Europe, in India, Hong Kong, Australia & Japan. We shot footage in steel mills, news rooms & factories, in offices & banks, on speeding trains, research aircraft, oil & undersea exploration vessels & America's Cup yachts, anywhere & everywhere we could go to show why our customers picked DEC gear & how our gear was being used.
I have thought for some time that this work should be shared with the DEC community. I have seen a few DEC videos online, most of which are pretty dull stuff, and none looked familiar to me. This was a good & exciting company & many of the films our group produced showed why we were a good & exciting company. I think it is important for DEC folks to be reminded of what we accomplished & how respected DEC folks were in the scientific & corporate world.
I have copies of only a few of these programs & i know other media producers who also have a few of their shows copied, some are even transferred from video to high definition formats. Most of our original programs were dumped literally in a dumpster when the media group was "downsized." Some of these programs were retrieved from the dumpster & saved I was told, but I do not know where they are now. When our group was let go, I was out on disability with a knee operation on a broken leg & was unable to retrieve many of the programs I had produced.
I would be interested to see what can be done with the work I & other producers may have, who has what, how best to put it out there, what the cost would be for transfers, etc. I come to the Boston area often - the children & grand children live there, & I can be reached at newnoyes@gmail.com, and by phone at 207 266 3113.
I was sad to see that Bob Hughes passed on; i worked with him when he managed one of the DECworld events, & thought he represented the best of DEC's corporate style, as he managed that event with clarity, insight & humor in equal measures. it was a pleasure working with him; as I recall now, it was a mostly pleasure working with the whole company. when we were good, we were damn good.

Click here for New's story about interviewing Ken.

Nunn, Stan

2/13:  Life is good being "semi-retired" in Northern Michigan. I am still busy doing a bit of Management Consulting and Sales Training. A few years ago I had the opportunity to do some Sales Training for Monster.com at the Old Mill in Maynard. Talk about bringing back great memories. I still miss the wonderful friends and colleagues.  stannunn@hotmail.com

Nusbaum, Bob

DECconnection member

5/21: Retired from the computer industry in 2017, wrapping up a 47-year career (including 2 years off to get an MBA). The highlight was definitely 1978-2000 at DEC/Compaq. In 2000 we moved to Silicon Valley, where I worked for Brocade (now Broadcom), 3 start-ups, Cisco, and QLogic => Cavium => Marvell. My wife Sue and I are now enjoying life as perpetual snowbird beach bums.  bob_nusbaum@comcast.net

O'Brien, Scott

DECconnection member

I worked for Digital from 1984-1994. I worked in the US Customer Support Center of Massachusetts (affiliated with Colorado Springs and Alpharetta, Georgia) I started in a small building on Kane Drive in Hudson, the center then moved to Walkup Dive in Westborough and then on to the Shrewsbury, Massachusetts complex. I started in the Customer Service Call Center answering the phone lines. I then became a Computer Operator, then a Systems Manager and then a Systems Support Specialist. I briefly left the US Customer Support Center and worked for about a year in Marlborough (UPO) for CMAS, I think it was Central Mass Administrative Systems. I did System Management and All-in-1 support for facilities in Southborough and three in Marlborough. I returned to the US Customer Support as a Business Support Specialists, I had the great honor of working with Jay Inman on setting up the the video conferencing between CXO and SHR. I am sorry to see Jay has passed. My partner in doing this set up was Pam Caron, now Pam Hanna. Towards the end of my career at the Support Center I did phone support on various Digital software products. I must admit I left DEC reluctantly, figuring my position would soon be eliminated. I thought it best to leave and use what I learned elsewhere. It had been my sincere hope I could finish my career with DEC.

I have always felt grateful to Digital for hiring me, to the managers who mentored me, and to the teammates I learned from over the years, They took a chance on a person with a retail background (Spag's Supply Inc.) with no technical training and hired me. After leaving DEC it was those folks that gave me the background to work for companies such as Raytheon, EMC, Allmerica (now Hanover), Bay Networks, all in technical positions. In the later half of my career I was lucky enough to become a Unit Manager for a twelve person Unix Systems and Storage group for Private Healthcare Systems (now Multiplan) and used a lot of the lessons and techniques I learned at Digital in communicating with folks, how to manage people and how to help them grow their careers. While at PHCS I met and worked with some ex-DEC employees and we all talked fondly of our DEC days. The folks from DEC at PHCS were Bud Gorman, now passed but in my mind a wonderful man, (learned a lot from him too) Greg White, Lou Tammarro and Guy Novello. and I am sure there were others. As fate would have it my last job was managing technical systems and managing doctor's office billing accounts for a medical billing company. My last job was some phone work and systems work just like my early Digital days. I have been retired for several years. obrien28@aol.com

O'Leary, Joe

DECconnection member

5/11:  Joe O'Leary would like former members of the Digital Hockey League to contact him for a possible reunion. Email Joe at: netman35@verizon.net - he was the goalie for the Mill Northstars.

Olivier, Roland

3/17:  Moved back home to Milan, NH in 2013 after retiring as General Counsel for a publicly traded water company. Now practicing law in my own firm Law Offices of Roland E. Olivier, PLLC in Berlin and Milan, NH. lawconsult09@yahoo.com 

6/13: Roland Olivier (DEC 1976-1995) writes: I am a business, technology and international lawyer. I've just announced the opening of my law practice focused particularly on entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses, emerging companies, hi-tech companies (hardware, software and services), manufacturing companies and companies expanding into or seeking international markets for their products. I am available to provide legal and governance services, to counsel clients on establishing domestic and international operations, to help finance their business, to resolve commercial disputes and to help them structure, negotiate and close complex commercial transactions, real estate transactions, intellectual property licenses and international business transactions. This includes sales, service, distribution, licensing, sourcing, purchasing, joint venture, strategic marketing, and merger & acquisition agreements, and real estate acquisitions, leases and sales. You can contact me on LinkedIn, Facebook or via email lawconsult09@yahoo.com

07/09:  Roland Olivier worked in Digital's Contracts Department, Law Department and the Office Information Systems Group from 1976-1995. After leaving Digital, Roland practiced law for 8 years in two of New Hampshire's largest law firms. In 2003, he joined Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, a privately-held manufacturer of automotive, aerospace and defense parts in Milford, NH, as its Corporate Counsel. In August 2008, Roland became the General Counsel of Pennichuck Corporation, a publicly-traded water utility in Merrimack, NH. In addition to his role as General Counsel, Roland is also the President of The Southwood Corporation, Pennichuck's real estate management and commercialization subsidiary. lawconsult09@yahoo.com

O'Reilly, Jim

DECconnection member

2/13: Jim O'Reilly has been retired for 4 years and spends his time running between houses in Amherst, NH and New York City. After leaving Digital, Jim spent 15 plus years selling complex software solutions into the utility, education and financial services industries. oreillyje24@comcast.net

Palmieri, Marty

DECconnection member

2/13: I am now a retired software engineer spending time assisting my daughter and son with remodels and updates of their homes, traveling a bit (recently to Italy), golfing, gardening, duties around home and wondering how I was able to get all of my non-work related activities done when I was working. And most important, experiencing grandchildren.  marty.palmieri@gmail.com

Pasquale, Pat (Pietrina)

2/13:  My husband passed away on Sept. 7, 2012, so I am trying to catch up with everything that has to be done. Just recently I joined Silver Sneakers thru Fallon to get involved with my friends. I have been a member of a bowling team in Northborough, candlepins, which I enjoy immensely. Last month I had cataract surgery on my left eye, which has helped my eyesight a lot. Am going to wait for the surgery on the right eye for a few months til summer. Looking forward to a get together with DEC friends like you used to have in Sudbury, MA. ppatty888@mx90.com

Paul, Marge

8/13:  Worked at DEC 1965 to May 1992. Four digit badge number. Met many wonderful people in those years. Am still meeting people who worked at DEC and all speak glowingly of their time there. Many of us have done volunteer work since leaving Digital. I've just concluded 20 years of volunteering at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA. I love to read the DEC Connection. What a great way to keep Informed about the people you once worked with. Mpaullibra@verizon.net

Peebles, Richard

DECconnection member

4/13: I was at DEC from 1977 to 1984, working in the research group under Jim Bell, then Bob Glorioso. I also worked for a couple of years in the Office Systems Group doing advanced development and architecture. After DEC I went to Perkin Elmer Data Systems Group in NJ to do product development management. That lasted for about another 6 or 7 years during which time that company spun out as an independent known as Concurrent Computer Corp. That company also merged with MassComp, a DEC spin-off so there was some reconnection. I went to Xerox in 1991 to work on systems architecture in their Corporate Research Group. Later I transferred into the Xerox Office Group as Chief Technology Officer, then became the VP of the software and electronics development group that developed all the controls for the office products. Then I retired and am happily bicycling, hiking, paddling and motorcycling in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC!  rpeebles@mac.com

Pelletier, Karen

I worked for DEC for about 17 years. After DEC, I ventured into a successful career as an HR Consultant in the Healthcare Industry. I'm semi-retired but still enjoy part time consulting, including helping others write their resumes and find employment. I credit this success to a wonderful DEC mentor named Geoff Sackman. kmpell06@yahoo.com

Piel, Gary


2/12: I am enjoying retirement, traveling some, and occasionally (although lately more frequently) driving cars around Colorado for Hertz Rental Car Co.  Gary Piel in Colorado Springs, CO   p_gp372107@msn.com
Pimentel, Robert
DECconnection member
10/23:  I joined DEC in 1972 in Stockroom 17 as a material planner. Over my time at DEC I obtained my Associates Degree in law enforcement at Dean College and worked in security for a while in HL2. I then transferred back into a material Planner position in stockroom 290 where I worked until I took the first retirement package that was offered in 1990. After leaving DEC I worked as a campus police officer at Babson College for 8 years. After that I joined the Sherborn Police Department as a dispatcher/Special Police Officer where I worked until I retired in 2008. Currently I am working part-time as a school bus driver to keep busy. rbpimentel@verizon.net

Plagman, Pat

2/10:  Pat Plagman writes: my wife Sheila (ex DECie and current HPer) and I relocated to Alpharetta, Georgia about 4 months ago (from Colorado Springs). Neither of us have lived in the east so we are excited about what the future might bring. So far I have really enjoyed everything except the traffic.  pjplagman@gmail.com

Potucek, John

DECconnection member

4/19: In November 2018, I got re-elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives for the 2019-20 Biennium. I was first elected to the 2015-16 Biennium, but missed the 2017-18 Biennium. I’m on the Commerce & Consumer Affairs Committee. It is easily the busiest Committee in The House. This is a “full time” job, traveling to Concord NH at least three days per week. (And there may be 4-day-weeks upcoming.) All this for $100.00 per year, with a free EZ-Pass. Definitely a “Citizen Legislature.” Live Free or Die!! I’m still on Facebook at the usual place, and I can now, also be reached at John.Potucek@leg.state.nh.us.

2/15: I am now serving, 2015-2016, as a New Hampshire State Representative from Rockingham District 6, which is Derry New Hampshire. Any issues in New Hampshire, please feel free to contact me at my \"state\" Email.

 12/14: On November 4th, 2014, John Potucek, ex-SVO/NIO Deccie (1980-1995), was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives for the two year term of 2015-2016. He represents the Rockingham County’s 6th District, which is Derry NH. John is a retired Electronic Engineer & Program Manager from the electronics industry, as well as a retired Middle School Mathematics Teacher, having taught most of his career in Manchester NH. His multiple retirements allow him to focus on the duties involved in the “Citizen Legislature” of New Hampshire. potucek1@comcast.net

 10/11:  John "CIA" Potucek writes: Got out of Engineering in 2001. Middle School Math Teacher since then. Involved in NHTM and NCTM Math Groups at all levels, incl. National. Member of NH-Dept.of Education committees.

Powell, Peter


08/09:  In 2007 I turned over a new leaf and committed myself to photography as a business. I am sure glad that I did. I cover weddings, b’nai mitzvah, and other social events and take senior, family & group portraits. I also help to give greater visibility to small businesses through effective advertising. See http://www.peterpowellphotography.com/for ideas. Referrals appreciated.

Price, David

DECconnection member



10/15:  On Oct. 20, 2015 five DEC folks who worked closely together reunited for lunch in Westminster, MA at the Old Mill restaurant. We had such a good time we decided to do it again within the next year. Photo below. Dave's email is davep116@gmail.com.  Photo below, Left to right: David Price (public relations), Rick Goldberg (public relations), Judy Finman (public relations), Connie Sartini (marketing communications), and Linda Giragosian (public relations).

 Prindle, Helena (Veilleux)

DECconnection member

12/20: Helena Prindle aka Helena Veilleux. I worked at DEC for 19+years and my last day was the Friday before Compact took control. For the majority of my tenure, I was part of the A&SG, Corporate Customer Visits, and Corp Sales Training. I spent a good amount of time trying to find another company that had the same kind of culture that DEC had - without much success. Some came close though. I retired last year and now live in Florida, The Villages. My husband Ted and I wanted to retire to an active community and found our piece of heaven on earth. Various activities keep us busy. We have 3 grandsons ages 18-22. To this day and all the jobs, Digital remains the one with the fondest memories. helena.prindle@gmail.com

Pulsifer, Tom

DECconnection member

9/20: Tom Pulsifer writes that he is totally retired from his real estate business and thinking of getting into the work from home career! myteamnola@gmail.com

7/18: Tom Pulsifer writes: I am currently working with Berkshire Hathaway, Preferred
Realtors in New Orleans, having moved here 3 years ago from Georgia. I love
referrals and "No Pressure Just Service".

8/14:  Been selling Real Estate since I retired... laid off in 2003 from HP after 36 yrs with the Trio. Lived in the No. GA Mtns since 1998. Met Pam from New Orleans a wonderful lady who stole my heart after moving to Atlanta from Maine in 1991 and married in 1992 after being single for 13 years. Our house is on the market and when we sell we are moving to Pam's hometown of New Orleans where I will spend the rest of my life!

Raczkowski, Michael

DECconnection member

2/13:  I’m dividing my time between Arizona (January thru May) and Oregon (the rest of the year) with my girlfriend, who is from Oregon. Get to see my two boys who live in Oregon, as well as my brother who spends a lot of time in Oregon as well.    mracz@msn.co

Rahaim, Jack

DECconnection member

9/20: Greetings! My name is Jack Rahaim and I worked at DEC from ’78 to ’93. I started working in Systems and Administration in Corporate Personnel and then spent a number of years working in, and eventually managing after the passing of Dennis O’Connor, the AI Technology Group. I left in ’93 to start Jack Rahaim Consulting and I have been teaching a master’s level course in Leadership and Strategy at NYU (now online). There isn’t a week that goes by when I don’t think of and use something I learned at Digital. Remarkable people and culture.
Recently, after I wasn’t able to find any items with the Digital logo, I secured the rights to use the Digital logo and started www.decswag.com, where you can purchase mugs, hats, shirts, jackets, etc. with the logo and 15% of the profits go to the Alzheimer's Association. I’m delighted to be part of this group and look forward to connecting with old and new colleagues. Jack Rahaim, Nashville, TN  

Randall, Don

2/13: I am working at Hewlett-Packard in Bellevue WA (Seattle area).  Don.R.Randall@hp.com

Reid, John

This dive pic was taken on the Bib, a coast guard cutter in Key Largo FL.

9/14: Hi all you former DECies, Elaine and I are still enjoying our island life style down here in Saint Augustine Florida. We built our third home here on the Barrier Island across from the city of Saint Augustine in 1998. Our island makes up the north side of the harbor of Saint Augustine and was named La Florida by Ponce de Leon when he discovered Florida and our area back in 1556. We have a great view of the city from our family room. We are on the intracoastal side of the island which is about 1 mile wide at this end. We live at the southern end of this island in and area called Porpoise Point. Named after all the dolphins that hunt and play in our harbor and also the dolphins trained in holding tanks by Americas first aquarium Marine Land of Saint Augustine.
We have a public boat ramp just five minutes form our house on the mainland where we trailer out flats boat to for a day on the intracoastal waterway. I spend a lot of time (3 to 4 times a month) in South Florida scuba diving on the reefs and wrecks on the Atlantic side of Florida. We built this house in the summer of 1998 and have been enjoying this island life style all these years. Both Elaine and I look back on our DEC days with great joy. She was with the COEM and GSG Product groups and then went into a corporate position after the product lines ended. I was with manufacturing then LDP/MDP/Graphic product group. After that I went into TOEM sales for 4 years, came out for a 2-yr stint with the Telecommunications Product Group, then went back into Sales to handle the Teradyne corporate account for 4 years. I spent the remaining 19 years with DEC in Sales in Mass until the layoffs. At that time Elaine and I decided to move to Saint Augustine where my family lived and drop out and enjoy the island life. No regrets at all doing that!
So we wish all of you a great retirement and if you got the urge buy a pair of flip flops and come on down. If you love golf we have 30 golf courses with in a 35 mile radius of our island. And the Players and Sawgrass is just 10 miles north of our home on this island in Ponta Vedra. One other thing, our Island is 68 miles long and great Jeep 4 X 4 driving. My Jeep Commander loves being turned loose in the sand here. 
John and Elaine Reid
105 Jerez Court, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084

Robertson, Elizabeth

3/11:  Elizabeth Robertson, MA writes: It was so nice to read the gracious feedback [our Memorials] on Ken Olsen. He was one of a kind, certainly to be missed. I do volunteer work at our senior center, including a newsletter. I have 4 grandchildren, all doing well. My town, Rutland, is noted for having a tree that sits in the middle of Mass. Ave 2 streets from my house. I enjoy our events year-round, especially the 4th of July, and the Chowder Challenge at the Fire Brigade. (no email address on file)

Roe, Gloria

DECconnection member

9/21: I enjoyed the picnic at Kimball’s recently and hope to march in the parade in Maynard in September. My career of 42 years in Human Resources started at Digital in  the early 70s on Thompson St. then on to Parker St. in Maynard.  I enjoyed various  jobs HR/Employment/Employee Relation for about 14 years in the 70s and 80s leaving in the early 90s.  I continued in Human Resource jobs at BAE, Nortel Networks, Right Management Consultants, and Raytheon until I retired in 2015 from Raytheon.  We’ve continued to live in Boxborough doing upgrades to our house and gardening.  I help with childcare for my 2 young grandsons who live locally.  My husband Ted & I have also traveled primarily in Europe & Great Britain upon retirement.  I enjoyed singing and leading a group of youth singers in our local UCC Boxborough church.  I look forward to when we can return to singing and traveling again some day. gloria.a.roe@gmail.com

Rogosin, Michael

We are saddened to report Mike's passing in early July 2013.  Here is a tribute web page to Mike that will be accessed by his wife Marilyn Davison (also a DEC Connection member): http://www.soligencorp.com/?page_id=1258

We will post additional details on our Memorials page.

7/12:  Michael Rogosin and Marilyn Davison formed Whycroft LLC in January this year to help technology entrepreneurs achieve success. Building on over 6 years of experience with one of Europe’s leading Business Angel Groups – the Sophia Business Angels – coaching entrepreneurs, developing compelling business plans and presentations and introducing the young companies to our networks and contacts - as well as our own extensive background in sales and marketing in the US and Europe we provide a unique perspective on global business development, leadership and strategy. We are also both teaching MSc and MBA courses in Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at SKEMA Business School and EDHEC. We have helped numerous US and European companies raise capital, close first accounts in new territories, and build their businesses on a global level. mrogosin@whycroft.com

Romano, Rich
DECconnection member
4/23: I worked at DEC from 1980 to 1990 as a Principal Hardware Reliability Engineer. My last location, one of several, was in Marlborough. Without exception DEC was the best company I have ever worked at with the best people and the best culture.  romano.rich1@comcast.net

Rosen, Barry

DECconnection member

1/20: Barry Rosen writes that he is serving on the Town of Acton's Water Resources Advisory Committee as Commissioner of Water Supply District of Acton. barryrrosen@gmail.com

Russell, Marcia

8/15: It is a most gracious miracle that after all this time we remain connected... thus the web we had woven was a solid web that continues to connect respective groups of DECies together as in; the west coast crowd; the CXO gang; AZ gang; CA contingents, the Florida snow birds and the myriad of Cape Cod connected affiliations and some Euro connections and others are still in place. I think it is quite special to have such continued deep rooted connections after 20 years. I have indeed been fortunate in that I had a few years back a circa 1960’s Itek reunion regarding the Hubble and spy satellites projects. I was involved with the team as a key person doing the critical data entry that had to be correct. The event was hosted by General Abrams. marciarussell@comcast.net

2/15: I am working with Gordon College to ensure the data and documents of John Clarke, Engineering Mgr, Desktop Systems will live on. It was John who chose CMOS technology for the Decmate. IT was his engineer John Kirk who did the CMOS layout that launched the industry technology that still remains today. it was I that first created the mnemonic PC for the CMOS desktop (that IBM had the whereforall to copyright grrrr)
Other Updates: Keep up the good work.. blessings to all of you who support this infrastructure that allows us to remain connected.

10/11:  Marcia Russell shared some exciting news from her pre-Digital years: Some former Itek colleagues and I are being honored this October 24 to be the guest of Goodrich Corporation in Danbury CT. My job prior to Digital was top secret; 3 months ago, the government declassified the program. We former team members are being honored for our outstanding achievements 40 plus years ago. Remember that magnificent photo of Earth rise as taken from the moon. That was the team that I belonged to at Itek Corporation. I was involved with all the Apollo missions from 1967 to 1973. We provided the optics for as all the lenses and cameras for the space ships, moon landings and satellites.

Rutschow, Dale

We are sad to report Dale's passing on June 15, 2018.

3/17: Dale Rutschow is unfortunately back in hospice as he is weakening progressively. He sends thanks for our note, saying he was so pleased to hear from at least six former co-workers: "It was so nice to discuss the good old DEC days. We all believe we were lucky to spend so much time with a company that probably will never happen again, one that put employees and customers above all else." dalerutschow@comcast.net

3/16: Dale Rutschow sent his membership renewal in with some very sad news: he is in hospice from a form of ALS and Lyme disease. Although he cannot speak, he can communicate via email and would love to hear from former co-workers in the Colorado Springs Gold and NASDAQ support teams (1995-2003), Chapel Hill NC support (1983-1988), and Rockford IL/Chicago (1990-1995) support organizations.

2/14: Started in 83 in Chapel Hills,NC. Moved to Rockford IL in 86 then transferred here from the Chicago District in 95 to join the Gold Support Team and then was on the NASDAQ support team until I became disabled.

Sachs, Beryl

DECconnection member

3/17: Beryl Sachs writes: Six years ago Jean & I moved back to our hometown in Baltimore, MD. 44 years ago we married and I joined DEC in NC. b.sachs@verizon.net

6/13:  Beryl Sachs writes: Jean & I were from Baltimore until we married in 1972 and I joined DEC in NC. We moved to Upstate NY and MA. Three years ago we moved back home to Baltimore living on the Chesapeake Bay.  b.sachs@verizon.net

Sackler, Sy

1/10: Sy was Digital's Labor and Employment Attorney for 23 years, counseling senior management and personnel. He retired after the Compaq merger but did consulting until H-P acquired Compac. Sy now does consulting work and teaches a course at Framingham State college. In his spare time, he volunteers for projects run by the counsel on aging and the AARP program Money Management. We appreciate Sy's service on our DECconnection Board from 2010 through 2012. sylawyers@aol.com

Samuel, Ed

DECconnection member

5/21: Ed Samuel writes that he has published his first book, "Optimize Your Resume - Dos and Don'ts". It is available on his secure website: [Link to Ed's book](https://samnovainc.com/resume-book). One can also order it via Amazon on paperback or Kindle. Congrats, Ed! esamuel@samnovainc.com

9/19: Ed Samuel is still busy at work in PA: Ed Samuel, Executive Career and Life Coach, Resume Writer, Job Search Strategist, Interview Training, LinkedIn Profiles, Building Consulting Practices, Career Assessment Team Leader and Consultant, DiSC Personality I.D. Consultant, Believers in Business Leader. Link to his website or email ESAMUEL@SAMNOVAINC.COM.

Sanchez, Roxana

11/09:  I am still married to my husband of many years. My two daughters finished college. My older one has a good job in New York City and my younger one is a graduate student on the West Coast. Professionally since I left Digital/Compaq I have worked in controllership functions in colleges and in non-profits. I also worked as a Senior Consultant in a national consulting firm in the Higher Education practice. Currently I am looking for a new job opportunity.  roxanads@aol.com

Sarandrea, Terry

DECconnection member


12/09:  I am currently the Office Manager at RSM McGladrey, Burlington, MA. I am on the board of Commonwealth Cats, www.commonwealthcats.org, a non-profit that sponsors monthly spay/neuter/vaccination clinics for feral and unowned cats in Massachusetts. I am active in TNR (trap/neuter/release) of feral/unowned cats, and provide foster care to cats until they are adopted. 


Sares, Ted

11/22:  We are sad to report that Ted passed away on August 30, 2022.

9/19: Ted Sares has earned some very impressive honors in his retirement avocations, boxing journalism and power weightlifting. Altho he's 82, he isn't slowing down. On Sept 29 in New York, Ted will be presented with the first Harold Lederman Award for excellence in boxing journalism by the Ring10 organization. See writeup here. Congratulations Ted!

3/16: Ted Sares, DEC 79-92, continues to break powerlifting records in the Grand Mater Class (75-79) in several East Coast states and recently set four world records in a meet in Fair Haven, VT sanctioned by the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate. After faltering in Nova Scotia, Canada on November 7, 2015, he won his second consecutive EPF Grand Masters Nationals championship while competing in a meet in Johnston, Rhode Island on November 28. He will be seeking his third consecutive EPF Grand Masters Nationals championship in April 2016.  tedsares@roadrunner.com  www.tedsares.com

Savage, Charles

2/13:  Nice to hear from you and know the extended Digital Family is doing well – with that wonderful spirit we all felt years ago and still do. My activities:

We knew in those days the world was going Digital – sure things morphed via Compaq and HP, but the broader digitalization of our lives continues and in more ways than we realize, both for opportunities and with profound risks.

While teaching in the Sustainability Master’s Program at the Technical University Munich, my students came up with a phrase that is both profound and challenging: How do we learn to ‘Live Lightly and Lively?”
‘Living Lightly’ means moving to a profoundly low-carbon economy (the opposite of what we have today) and to deepen and intensify a meaning rich cultural life, the ‘Lively’ part. I’ve modified the phrase a bit to say ask how we can “Live Lightly, Lively and Wisely?” I’d welcome any thoughts from our richly reflective DEC community.

How do we reconnect with the wisdom of the PAST (from all cultures)? Remember how Aristotle talks about three forms of knowing: Techne (Technology), Episteme (Theory of Knowledge) and Phronesis (Wise Judgment). Alas, our schools/universities teach the first two and ignore helping us increase the wisdom of our judgments. I am looking for and finding references to Wisdom in the Indian, Arabic and Chinese literature as well. How do we face the profound challenges of the PRESENT, including Peak Oil, Peak Resources and the Peak Car? And how might we actively Co-Create a Wiser FUTURE for our great grandchildren?

These are the themes I am working as I teach both MBA and Sustainability courses in Germany, Sweden, India, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and elsewhere. I am always open for inspiration from our wonderful community!


Schmidt, Emilie

12/13: I am currently Manager of IT Strategy & Process at the US Postal Service in Raleigh, NC. My 10 year anniversary there pretty much coincided to the day the end of care giving responsibilities for my Mom. I feel the opportunity to re-energize my life and what better way than to connect with interesting people from DEC! emilie.e.schmidt@gmail.com

Schimel, Lin

05/15:  Lin and husband Dave are moving south to retire in Orlando FL.

07/09:  Lin Schimel is principal of Creative Action Marketing LLC, creating effective customer loyalty and go-to-market programs, such as Advisory Boards, Webinars, Seminars, and Executive Meetings. Check out http://www.creativeactionmarketing.com

Lin can be reached at 603-883-0818, or lschimel@comcast.net  Lin previously led the NH Chapter of the DEC Connection.


7/12:  Kerry and I still live in Nashua, NH. Kerry spends half her time as a professional actress. Our son Brian is an attorney in Washington, DC – with two daughters. Our daughter Lauren lives in Newton – one daughter. I made the move to healthcare 6 years ago. I’m now VP, Marketing, Pharmacy Drug Delivery at Baxter Healthcare. Still doing stage lighting as a hobby. Almost 19 years post-Digital. Dennis_Schneider@onpoint.mv.com

Schoepke, Mike

11/11: Our member Michael Schoepke works at the Daily Herald in Chicago. He writes: "We have an 4 CPU ES450 system running 8.3. Running circulation and receivable packages for our newspaper. Around 3.5 million lines of COBOL. Long live VMS!" mschoepke@dailyherald.com

Schuetz, Bob

2/11:  From Bob Schuetz (rjschuetz@aol.com): "My company, floatstorage.com®, that DEC Connection was gracious to report on a while ago, is going strong. I recently split this site to create a second one, www.urbanpatioliving.com, which carries non-pool items. I am having a "ball" exhibiting at trade shows, working with manufacturers to take on new products, and most important, processing orders! With the new website I will be exhibiting at shows such as the Dallas Home & Garden Show, which will give me more exposure and allow me to market smaller pool toys and devices, and some unique products like contemporary LED lights. If you have neck and back pain check out the new NEKDOODLE™ on my website. I enjoy reading DECconnection and I continue to be impressed with the number of "DECies" that contribute articles and updates. A great idea - let's keep it going!
11/09: Bob Schuetz, former District Software Manager, NW District, Redmond, WA. After DEC and several other major players in the IT world, I was laid off right in the middle of our bad economy. I invented a rack to store swimming pool floats for my own use and everyone kept telling me I should market it. Well, with plenty of time on my hands, I started my own company: www.floatstorage.com. I’m now featured in several major catalogs and pool accessory web sites. My utility patent is applied for and I now have four registered trademarks. Visit www.floatstorage.com. If you have a pool, live near a lake or the ocean, or just like swimming pool toys, you’ll like what my site has to offer. Note: Bob is our current Featured Entrepreneur on our website.

Schutzman, Ava

DECconnection member

7/21: I have served as DECconnection webmaster, record-keeper, and newsletter editor since its founding in 2006.  I am happily retired in FL.  I have a dwindling business, good for a couple hours per week, doing websites for professionals and small associations.  Mostly now I enjoy playing golf, tennis and pickleball and contribute as communications chairperson in our community.  ava@decconnection.org

Schwarz, Rhoda

DECconnection member

7/21: Too far from Maynard to attend any of the Sept 19 events - live in Austin, TX now. Enjoyed recent Zoom talk about the history of Digital Equipment sponsored by the Maynard Library.  rhoda.g.schwarz@gmail.com

Seaver, Bill

DECconnection member

2/16:  Almost 17 years after retiring (can it be that long?) I am finding my vacations are conflicting with my vacations. I spend about a third of the year away from my home in Concord, MA. I also have been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for the last 15 years. Life is good. billseaver@earthlink.net

2/13:  Bill Seaver has been enjoying traveling. In November, responding to his daughter’s request for ashrams and elephants, he went Nepal and India. The trip turned out to be a great way to bond with our two adult children. January in Mexico was a great way to miss the cold weather.

Simarano, Ellen

5/21: Sadly, we lost Ellen Simarano, 80, Concord MA, on 7 Jan 2021.

5/10: A SERPer in 1992, I held temp positions until 1993 when I experienced a significant decline in health that I had been attributing to stress - spent the next 2 months being tested for a plethora of neurological symptoms at Emerson Hospital, Boston rehabs, Lahey, MGH... until a "non-professional" friend suggested I pursue a Lyme Disease specialist. Voila! Quite an unexpected journey. Currently I enjoy gardening, knitting, cooking, reading, and grandchildren. Life is good! I look forward to seeing you at the Mill on September 11th.

Singer, Alex

1/16:  Alejandro (Alex) Singer is the brother of Henry Singer (rip) and was Sales Manager in the DECI Caribbean Office (1986) and Country Manager at DEC Mexico (1988). Now retired and living in Ocala, Florida, is devoting time to organize the 30th anniversary party of a "Decworld" style computer show we put together in San Juan, Puerto Rico in October 1986. The 30th anniversary of DDITC (Discover Digital in the Caribbean) will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday October 15, 2016; if interested in attending please contact me at alexrsinger@yahoo.com.

Slater, Bill

3/12:  William Slater writes to please visit his website for a professional update at http://billslater.com/career. He is doing contract software consulting, and lives in Chicago area. bill@billslater.com

Smith, Joel

2/12: Retired for the third time in 2007. The first was from DEC in '92 (SERP). Currently looking for an at home business.       smith_j_f@yahoo.com
Sofka, Rini
DECconnection member
7/23: Rini Sofka of Maynard writes that she is 97 and doing well. She was sorry to hear about Marilyn Goodrich's passing, as they had worked together and were friendly.

Sorenson, Mark

DECconnection member

7/21: Glad to have found this organization (thank you Martin King!). I started work at DEC at Spitbrook Rd, Nashua in 1981, thru the CPQ and HPQ acquisition. I left HPQ after a year and worked at EMC for a decade until I retired about 7 years ago. My big news is that I just published my debut novel “A Restaurant in Jaffa.” It is about "a brilliant computer entrepreneur who joins forces with a beautiful Israeli intelligence agent to battle hackers and revolutionaries who have infected critical computers in the United States, demanding a ransom that will change the entire landscape of the Middle East.” More details can be found on my website http://www.markesorenson.com. Relevant to the Digital alumni, a PDP-11 plays a critical role in the plot! Here’s a fun 90 second video “trailer”; (https://markesorenson.com/video/) marksorenson@outlook.com

Sorkin, Al

10/10:  I’m happy to report that I am working full time for NASA Headquarters Environmental Management Division as a Sr. Principal Engineer. I am developing collaborative technology demonstration projects in the TEERM Principal Center- “Technology Evaluation for Environmental Risk Mitigation”. This work is directed at implementing Federal Executive Orders in the area of energy, water and high performance sustainable buildings. This is very challenging and rewarding work to “green” NASA facilities around the country involving renewable energy, hydrogen and fuel cells,etc. My recent picture at Kennedy Space Center is attached. I work out of my home offices in New Hampshire and Florida.  al@sorkin.com

Stagg-Giuliano, Sylvia

1/12: I live and work in Boston’s Seaport Innovation District where I operate my own photography studio specializing in lifestyle portrait and fine art photography. sylviastagg@gmail.com

Stashluk, Margaret

DECconnection member

4/16: Margaret (Nouriel) Stashluk, formerly an occupational health nurse, living in Nashua NH, celebrated her one-year retirement in April 2016 (retired 4/2015 with ending of Semiconductor manufacturing in Hudson MA). stashluk@comcast.net

07/09:  Margaret Stashluk says that DECcies would know me as Margaret Nouriel. I worked for Health Services - still do but with Intel at the old semiconductor plant in Hudson MA. It's 17 years in Hudson now!

Stahli, Richard

DECconnection member

3/12:  After “retiring” from HP in 2002, I took a second “retirement” from Air Liquide in 2011. In November 2011, I joined Insperity, where I’m providing HR consulting and support to mid size (150 – 1000 employees) clients. Richard.Stahli@insperity.com

Stama, Frank

3/14: Frank Stama is presently an independent financial advisor and partner in Northeastern Wealth Management with offices in Bedford, NH. His firm specializes in Retirement Planning, Business succession, and Wealth Management. Frank is still an avid golfer and lives in Amherst with his wife Shelley (formerly Shelley Tinnon). frank@nenwm.com

Stettner, Armando

3/11:  Armando Stettner, MA, a new member, writes that he is currently a director at Verizon heading up FiOS advanced development. aps@ieee.org

Stewart, Caleb Paul

DECconnection member

05/09:  Caleb Paul Stewart co-founded Randolph Associates, Inc., in 1984, a contract and permanent placement agency for Engineering and Information Design Professionals, where he is Vice President. www.greatjobs.com  Caleb generously participated in our 2009 concall series advising fellow DECcies on finding jobs.  caleb@greatjobs.com

Strong, Elizabeth

2/10:  Elizabeth Strong is a senior consultant with PMI, www.performancemethods.com, a consulting firm that helps industry-leading companies achieve results through sales best practices and effective account management. She can be reached at estrong@performancemethods.com.

Temkin, Michael

DECconnection member

3/21:  Michael reports that he retired from HPE on May 1, 2020, and now lives in Tucker GA.  michael.temkin@mac.com

3/16: These days I am still working for HPE in the Technical Services Support organization, performing network design and configuration work for short engagement, corporate customers. Outside of work I am still an avid baker (when I can) and I have been performing in community theater and choruses for the past 5 years. I am currently with the Gateway Men's Chorus here in St. Louis, MO.

Thakur, Vijay and Gwen

6/10: Vijay and Gwyn Thakur proudly announce the launch of http://www.ConventionCenterPlace.com, an online portal that is helpful to event planners, exhibitors, attendees and business travelers.

Thibeault, Liz

7/21: My husband and I are in Naples FL for about 6 months a year. Enjoying those warm winters. Sold our home of 38 years in Carlisle, MA and moved to a condo in Winchester, very convenient in the center of town. thibeault_liz@comcast.net

Tran, My-Quan

8/14: We are greatly saddened to report that My-Quan passed away on August 18, 2014. See Memorials page for obituary and memorial donation information.

1/14:  One of our SE Florida Chapter members, My-Quan Tran, is battling lung cancer. He'd welcome notes and prayers from former co-workers, send email to him at myquant@gmail.com . My-Quan was delighted that former co-worker Robert Sarao from MA, who worked with him at the Mill, recently made a trip to see him.

Trapasso, Linda

DECconnection member

2/10: I am currently on a short contract with HP for technical writing. As this is part time work, I am looking for other opportunities as well. Also thinking about whether to get more education or start a new career. Would enjoy connecting with former DEC technical writers. lstrapasso@netzero.com

Trocchi, Bob

We are greatly saddened to report that Bob passed away following a courageous battle with cancer on November 10, 2014. See Memorials page for obituary.

3/12:  Now into 18 yrs of retirement from DEC. Where has that time gone? Still active in volunteer work for church and driving people to Dr. visits who cannot drive themselves. Have a vacation house in Lakeland FL. and generally spend Feb.-mid April in FL. Thanks for the continuing efforts of DEC Connection. Cheers to all.

Umbrello, Karen

DECconnection member

Karen Umbrello writes that she worked at Digital for 20 years and then became part of the Compaq Corp team before our organization was eventually acquired by Intel Corporation in 2001. Still working at Intel (at the former Digital Facility) in Hudson, MA. Live in Westminster, MA and stay connected to many former DECies. Enjoyed the tour of the Mill in October 2016!! Thanks for the opportunity to become a member! kumbrello@comcast.net

Valof, Joe

8/15: Joe recently wrote an essay based on his first Northeastern University [NU] co-op job in 1951 at the National Wool Marketing Corp which was located on Summer St in Boston. The essay is a historical review of Summer St which was considered as the wool capital of the world, and is now a high tech Innovation District. The complete essay can be viewed on Joe's website, www.igcatty.com  igcatty@earthlink.net

Veilleux, Helena

see Helena Prindle

Vervecken, Remi

12/13: I will officially retire from HP on 01/01/2014. I will stay in Business with my own IT-Company CTSC (Computer Technology, Support & Consulting) based in Germany.    remi.vervecken@vervecken.de

Vezina, Hank

We are sad to report that Hank passed away on November 9, 2012.  Condolences may be sent to his wife Sue at Susan.Vezina@gpj.com.

1/11:  I'm still doing Recruitment/HR consulting and I'm currently working for an exDECie named Steve Wentzell at Dynamics Research Corporation. See DEC Stories for a great story about the longevity (over 30 years!) of a PDP-9 I worked on in Manufacturing in 1967! hank_44@hotmail.com,

Vezina, Sue

2/13: Sue Vezina is now working in Event Management, supporting IBM software events, at George P. Johnson, 711 Atlantic Ave., Boston: Would love to hear from old friends (and new) at home Office: 603-672-0384. Sue unfortunately lost her husband Hank to cancer in November 2012. Susan.Vezina@gpj.com

Von Gunden, Helen

DECconnection member

7/23:  We are sad to report that Helen passed away, aged 82, on April 29, 2023.
4/15:  Congratulations to DEC Connection Member Helen and Don Von Gunden of Elbert CO, who were honored for extraordinary dedication to community service at the April Black Forest AARP meeting. They were presented the national AARP Chapter and REA Unit Community Service Award and a commemorative pin for their exceptional hard work and dedication to community service. The prestigious award, co-signed by AARP President, Jeannine English and AARP CEO Jo Ann C. Jenkins, reads in part, "Your efforts have enriched the lives of friends and neighbors and made your community a better place to live." During the past year Helen and Don both volunteered many hours working Chapter and AARP Colorado information tables and health fairs. Don also served as the Chapter 1100 web site developer and as an AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteer. Helen skillfully edits, publishes and distributes a professional monthly Chapter Newsletter to all Chapter members and selected members in the community. She is also the Chairperson of the Chapter Catering Committee that planned several very successful catered Chapter events during the past year. See award presentation photo below. Congrats may be emailed to Helen at

Wallace, David M.

DECconnection member

12/13:  David M. Wallace is Global Financial Services Marketing Manager for SAS Institute, working at SAS headquarters in Cary NC. David has been with SAS since April 2008. His focus is on the banking and capital market segments of the global financial services industry. davidmwallace@triad.rr.com

Warner, Gail

4/19: Gail Warner has just joined DEC Connection. She lives in NJ and says she hopes to hear from old friends and co-workers at warnerg1@verizon.net

Watson, Bob

3/17: I retired after 33 years with DEC, CPQ, and HP in 2005. We live in Groton, Mass and are planning a move to North Carolina sometime in May or June this year. I spent my 33 years in one position or another in Field Service, retiring in 2005. Since retiring I’ve worked part time with home contractors, herb wholesaler, and most recently as the Facilities Coordinator for a local school district, a full time position from which I retired for good in June 2016. How time flies. buckbo@verizon.net

Webber, Steve

DECconnection member

1/23: Steve organized a reunion for his Acton MA GIA Information Technology group in December.  He had a good turnout of 14 for lunch at a local restaurant and they had a terrific time.

2/13:  Currently semi-retired. I work summers about 20 hours a week at Kimballs Ice Cream in Westford, MA. I am one of the managers working primarily at the golf driving range and pitch and putt 9 hole course. I also do other duties as requested (reminds me do all hands on DEC ; )  I am a 2 day a week baby sitter for my 2 year old granddaughter. One of my loves!
Spent a few years at Raytheon as a I.S. Security Officer with a stop security clearance that was fun.
Now trying to just enjoy each day. Volunteering at church. Soon to be joined by my wife of 36 years in her retirement from 30 plus years of serving our veterans. 

1/10:  I am a 3 year employee at Raytheon in Woburn, MA. I work as an Information Systems Security Officer responsible for Security of Information etc for my Raytheon business area. Since leaving Digital/CPQ/HPQ about 6 years ago I worked part time as a Mail Delivery person, a supervisor in a local ice cream/golf/etc place, and also did a little sub contracting for a computer repair business. 

Wells, Steve

DECconnection member


3/18: Steve Wells has worked with AIPMM* since 2009 to develop the AIPMM Phase
Review Process (PRP), a direct descendent of the DIGITAL PRP. He encourages
former DIGITAL product managers familiar with the DIGITAL PRP to help promote
the benefits of using the AIPMM PRP in developing and improving product
outcomes. Users of the DIGITAL PRP will be best able to extol its virtues and avoid
its pitfalls.

Please check out his LinkedIn profile here:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevewellsnh/ and contact Steve.WellsNH@gmail.com to help promote this lasting DIGITAL legacy thru consulting opportunities. He needs additional resources to get the word out.  ▪ AIPMM stands for the Association of International Product Marketing and Management. AIPMM is to Product Management what PMI is to Project Management.

Wengler, James

DECconnection member

7/20: Member Jim Wengler, FL sent in a big “thanks for your work". We do appreciate that our work is meaningful!

Wetzell, Geri

DECconnection member

7/18: Geri Wetzell writes: I worked DecWorlds in the 80's, I started out in '79 as a TAG
(Temp. Assistance Group) and ended up in GIA. My responsibilities got me to
Europe, five Pacific Rim countries, Puerto Rico, and lots of domestic travel. I took
the first DEC buyout. It was a great Company and they rewarded us well for
curiosity. They were very good to me, I learned a lot. I am enjoying retirement with
husband and kids and their kids, we alternate between VT and FL. I am blessed.

2/11:  From Geri Wetzell (ghwetzell@msn.com): The DEC Connection is a great idea. I worked at DEC from 1979 to the first buyout in 1990, starting in the Mill as a TAG (Temp. Assistant Group) to working in GIA Mfg. as a Project Specialist. Loved it, fun jobs, DECworlds, fun travel, the end of an era. I am retired living in VT and FL in the winter.

Whalen, Kate Stanton

7/13:  Kate Whalen writes: Husband Tim Whalen (also DEC Alum) and I moved to North Berwick Maine in October of 2012, where we breed and show champion alpacas. Please give us a call and stop by for a visit when you are in southern Maine. 978.302.5103. Limerick Heritage Alpacas at Atlantic Star Ranch in North Berwick, Maine.

9/11: Greetings to all of my old DEC Media Comunications friends! I'm currently semi-retired, doing marketing and comms consulting work for HP - AND, I own, breed and show champion alpacas!

Warmest regards, Kate Stanton Whalen katewhalen52@msn.com

Whitty, Cynthia (Nadreau)

DECconnection member

9/20: Cynthia (Nadreau) Whitty writes: I enjoy receiving The DEC Connection newsletter and seeing if anyone I know is included! I worked in the Media Communications Group, Bedford, MA, as a manager of electronic publishing for 9 years. Had the best group ever! After that, joined a DEC technical writing group in Spitbrook for several years. That was wonderful experience, too, working with so many smart, caring people. Currently, I am freelancing as a writer for a local newspaper and do the marketing for a business association. Contact me at cynwhitty@gmail.com if you have marketing needs or to just say hello.
2/13:  Cynthia (Nadreau) Whitty is an officer and the publicity coordinator for the Ashland Business Association (ABA) in Ashland, MA, where she heads her own business, Cynthia Whitty Communications, doing marketing and public relations for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. She loves to help start up new ventures, like the Ashland Farmers Market, Transition Ashland and Ashland Community Gardens.

10/12: Cynthia (Nadreau) Whitty is currently self-employed with her own marketing and public relations business, Cynthia Whitty Communications. Her clients include the new Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, MA, and the Ashland Business Association in Ashland, MA, where she lives with her husband.

At DEC she managed a production group (Media Communications Group, Bedford, MA) for nine years and worked as a technical writer (New Software Group, Spitbrook, NH) for two years.

Whitworth, Al

7/18: New member and former HR professional Al Whitworth of Southern CA offered
to share several slide shows of HR events from his DEC days. This first one is from
Salem NH, 1979-1982, called The Digital Salem Systems Experience. Here's a link.
Al's email:

Williams, Chris (Hager)

2/13:  I’m retired, was HR - primarily Technical Recruiter for years – started at DEC, later Motorola, Intel, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, couple of startups. Loved working at DEC for Arthur Franson, Roger Shaller, Harlan Chizen, other fantastic people like Plant Manager Peter Koch, in the Mill - in the days when Ken roamed ML-5 early in the morning. Now I live on my fake farm (70 acres and view, no horses here now), Downeast Maine, selling antique books on ebay (1800’s-early 1900’s) for fun & $. It’s a good life, good kids, good grandkids. Learned most everything I know about HR and recruiting at DEC. Great place to work! Thanks to DEC people and training, working life was good to me.  windswake@earthlink.net

Winberg, Betty J.

Editor's Note: We are very sad to report that Betty Winberg passed away Feb. 1, 2017.

12/11/11: In response to the last newsletter, you would like to have NewsBytes about former "DECcies".  As a DEC employee, I started out in 1978 working in the main office in the Mill in Maynard for the Manager of Corporate Sales Training, Dianne Durkin.  The following year our group was among the first to occupy the first DEC building in Merrimack, NH.  In fact we all had window offices in the wing closest to the main entrance.  Except for the final year or two as a DEC employee, my entire time was in my original position.  Sales Training then was shrinking, and Dianne moved on to Telecom, and my final year or two was working in Merrimack for Nancy James, manager of the National Research Center.  After attending the pre-retirement seminars, I eventually retired in March of 1989.  My years at DEC were some of the most rewarding and satisfying of my career.

Upon retirement, I turned to a couple of successful community non-profit organizations - two of the most successful and rewarding experiences I've ever been connected with.  I was initially a co-founder of Harbor Homes, a non-profit social service agency that started in 1980 following de-institutionalization of the state hospital mentally impaired, and grew to be over a $9M non-profit business that's grown to accommodate over seven affiliates. 

[Editor's note: Betty is now being honored for her work - click here to see 15 October 2011 Nashua Telegraph article Harbor Homes to honor mental health advocate.]

When my Board term expired with Harbor Homes, I became co-founder of RISE - a program by and for folks over 55, located at Rivier College, which has grown from an initial membership to over 500.  Our motto is "Learning and Curiosity never retires."  Our class subjects are based on students' wishes, and vary from the very serious science and computer instruction to lighter fare.  For example, as a "student" I created and taught a photography course three times  - 'til I got bored.  I also created a course I called "Who's Driving Your Bus" - a self-explanatory course on choices and various roads we can all explore/try out now that the usual directions to our lives are entirely up to each of us.

Class subjects are the standard provided older folks, but can be as varied as travel, writing, science of many sorts.  There are just not enough hours in the day for us to explore our potential.  It truly was an idea whose time had come.  Aging is exciting, with lots of new doors to open.  Personally, I've never stopped growing and continue enjoying all that the aging process opens up for me.

Our classes are run by our members at a local Catholic liberal arts college here in Nashua NH - Rivier College.

Sincerely, Betty J. Winberg - 603-882-6957 - Nashua NH

Woods, George
DECconnection member
We first moved to Ft. Myers in August 2021 to be with our son Steve due to my failing health. Jean and I love the Florida weather. Our son transferred to Ocala in February this year and we love the area. The many well-manicured horse farms that dot the landscape are beautiful. The residents are refreshingly polite and kind wherever we go in Ocala. I retired via the SERP offered at Digital, effective 31 May 1992. I worked as a tech. writer consultant in a small company ending in 1999. I worked at Digital first as a hardware tech. writer beginning in 1974. I wrote all early documentation for the LSI-11 including the first edition of the Microcomputer Handbook series. Later, I transferred to a software writing group for RSX-11M Plus. Later, I returned to the Mill as a supervisor in the Small Systems area as a supervisor and manager. I finished my time at Digital in Littleton as a writer/instructor for OS/2 networking products. george.woods@juno.com

Woolsey, Mel and Nancy

DECconnection members

8/11: Mel and Nancy Woolsey in Tennesee have started a non-profit software cooperative, More Than Data, Inc., that services affiliates of Habitat for Humanity. It is a wonderful way to combine technology professionalism with philanthropy. Check out their website at www.morethandata.org and email Mel: mel@morethandata.org

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