Gregory Vaughan Kaiser

was born in Chicago, Illinois, the first child of Anna and William Kaiser.

They moved to Minneapolis while Greg was still young, and lived there until moving to Cincinnati when he was in the 10th grade. By this time Greg had two brothers, Robert and Christopher, and a sister, Sandra.

After graduating high school, Greg attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, followed by graduate school at Northwestern, where he received a Masterís Degree in Physics.

During this time, he and Deb Meador were married. They were married for 14 years. Gregís passion for books drove him to open a bookstore in Albion, Michigan, but tough economic times in Michigan finally made that an untenable venture. So he returned to school to study computer science, receiving his MSCS from Michigan State. Greg and Deb moved to upstate New York, and he went to work for IBM in Endicott.

When IBM bought ROLM in the mid-1980ís, Greg wound up in Silicon Valley. Not long afterwards, he moved to Mountain View, which became his home for the rest of his life.

Siemens bought ROLM from IBM in 1989, and Greg became a software development and test manager. He worked in Germany for a time, and soon had many good friends on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 2008, when Siemens closed its development site in San Jose, Greg retired and was able to devote more time to his many interests. He never stopped enriching his mind.

In addition to his love of books, Greg was an accomplished photographer, and an expert on computers and computer programming. He loved the great outdoors. And he was passionate about music, especially blues guitar music and the Grateful Dead. He took up the guitar and practiced daily, often getting together to play with friends.

Above all Greg loved people. His gentle, kind, and generous nature, and his brilliant mind made us all a great deal richer for having known him.