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Ken Traub

 

 

Kenneth R Traub, 55, of Lexington, passed away on April 2, 2017. Devoted husband of Pamela Cohen. Loving father of Isaac. Beloved brother of Bennett Traub & his wife Linda Nusbaum and Ellyn Traub & her husband Kenney Green. A private memorial service was held Wednesday.  In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Condolences:

It’s my sorrow. I remember your kind voice and clear message. Whenever I was in wrong way, he guided me he right direction. I loved his knowledge and have enjoyed to break walls to prevent from our progress forward.
I miss him so much. Too much sorrow.

-Young-Jin Park
Yu-seong, Daejeon    Korea

In the years that I was a member, just like Ken, of the GS1 Architecture Group, we discussed many topics, which were fundamental to the consistency and quality of GS1 standards. Ken’s understanding of and contribution to these standards were phenomenal. He was willing to listen and to argue, but most often he was right in his view. Apart from that, he was also a pleasure to be with in informal gatherings after the meetings. Recently, retired from GS1 Netherlands, I searched for some insight in new developments (blockchain); he was quick and informative in responding. Ken, thanks for your wisdom. How unfair it is that you left your life. I’m very sorry.

-Hein Gorter de Vries    Netherlands

There are few times in life when one has the opportunity to work with, and get to know, someone like Ken. I first met Ken when he presented at the first gathering of the FSB LEI Private Sector Preparatory Group (PSPG) on behalf of GS1 in Basel in March of 2012. Of all of the many presentations and points of view that were represented on that day, the one that Ken made was the one that made the most sense and which pointed the way to how the Global LEI System was eventually launched in 2014.

Since that first meeting, I have had the great pleasure (and benefit) to have continued working with Ken on a number of different projects. As any and all have noted, Ken was a singular talent: professional, technically brilliant, and yet engagingly warm and able to keep that twinkle in his eye in his interactions with others — be that in individual conversations or discussions and facilitations with large groups where his significant inter-personal skills led to successful and productive results.

Ken was an extremely capable, honest broker of the truth, and a friend with a wry sense of humor. I can count on only one hand the people I know who are like him. I am greatly saddened by his loss, but his spirit is so clear and distinct that he leaves a great example for me to remember and “consult”, even if only in the sense of “what would Ken say”. He has left us far too soon.

-Jeff Braswell
Zephyr Cove, NV    USA

In the years that I was a member, just like Ken, of the GS1 Architecture Group, we discussed many topics, which were fundamental to the consistency and quality of GS1 standards. Ken’s understanding of and contribution to these standards were phenomenal. He was willing to listen and to argue, but most often he was right in his view. Apart from that, he was also a pleasure to be with in informal gatherings after the meetings. Recently, retired from GS1 Netherlands, I searched for some insight in new developments (blockchain); he was quick and informative in responding. Ken, thanks for your wisdom. How unfair it is that you left your life. I’m very sorry.

-Hein Gorter de Vries    Netherlands

I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Ken and I worked side by side for over a decade in the RFID industry and I will always remember him as the guy who showed us the possibilities instead of the hurdles we all saw in getting to early RFID standards. Here’s wishing you peace in your time of loss!

-Ravi Pappu
Boston, MA    USA

I am saddened by the news about Ken. My condolences to his whole extended family. I knew Ken in a professional situation when I was still learning who I was and could be. We worked together at two different companies. Ken challenged me at every turn and I welcomed it. He taught me by example and pushed me to be my best. And even though I would never be his equal, he gave me respect that made me want to do all I could to honor that. A truly great man who clearly had a big impact on us all. -André

-André Alguero
BOSTON, MA    United States

My sincere condolences on your loss. I was introduced to Ken through his formidable presentations at RFID Live several years ago and have since been lucky to work with him in RAIN. He will be greatly missed.

-Lars Thuring    Germany

Deepest condolences. I worked with Ken at Fact City from near the beginning to the end. I was just out of college and he profoundly influenced my entire career path, teaching me so much technically while demonstrating the highest standards with a playful, intellectual spirit of inquiry. It was a high bar to set that early in my career and I’m so grateful for that. Such a sad loss, I will remember him fondly.

-Lindsey Kistler
London, United Kingdom    United Kingdom

I worked with Ken for a year at Fact City. He taught me the skills that I use now and I will be eternally grateful. To me, Ken was a genuinely kind person and a great teacher and mentor. My condolences to his family.

-Andy Limeri
Framingham, MA    USA

I worked with Ken for a year at Fact City. He taught me the skills that I use now and I will be eternally grateful. To me, Ken was a genuinely kind person and a great teacher and mentor. My condolences to his family.

-Andy Limeri
Framingham, MA    USA

I met Ken during grad school at MIT where we shared an office, later we joined forces at a couple of companies over the years. The number of things I can directly attribute to having learned from Ken is overwhelming, including not just technology but business acumen, how to treat people, and what grace under pressure is like. Our world is decidedly less well off without him, but his influence lives on in his family, and everyone whose life he touched, mine particularly, but also so many others.

-Mike Beckerle
Falmouth, MA    USA

Many GS1 people have known Ken much better and much longer than I. But it did not take me much time to learn to appreciate him and to realize what a great mind and great person he was. I understand well that he has been one of the biggest contributors to the GS1 system ever. I admire Ken. I am in shock that we lost him. I present my condoleances to Pamela, Isaac and the whole family, I am so sorry for you all. You can be immensly proud of Ken. I wish you a lot of courage to go through this.

-Alain Jonis    Belgium

My deepest condolences to Ken’s family. I had the good fortune of getting to know Ken through many work related activities over the past 10 years. He was always ready and willing to share his deep knowledge, which was always insightful and appreciated. I always enjoyed seeing and catching up with Ken during the various events we attended, he was a genuinely nice person and will be missed by many, me included.
Mike Zupec
Spring Grove, IL

-Mike Zupec
Spring Grove, IL

As you know, Ken was brilliant – but it went beyond is mind- His brilliance touched everyone- in his love and compassion for family, friends and colleagues. His strong branch on our family tree will never be broken; it will be there always to guide us. When times get tough for me I will think – what would Ken do? He would calm me down – analyse the data then help me move forward.
Shine On Little Brother – your light will never dim 🙂 I miss you so much.

-Ellyn Traub
Carmel, IN

Dear Pam & Isaac,

We are so sorry for your loss. Ken was a kind, funny, brilliant and witty family man. We are so blessed to have gotten to know him and we cherish our fond memories of our trip to England together with WDJ Fife & Drum Corps. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. XOXOXO.

-Stefan, Liz, Andrew & Sarah Kochi
Lexington, MA    United States

-Ellyn Traub
Carmel, IN    USA

My sincere condolences on your loss. The news of Ken’s passing is especially hard to grasp for many of us as he was so full of energy, intellect and ideas. Ken
was the one person in the room with the clearest vision of the future. It’s rare to meet someone that possesses both a high IQ and such emotional intelligence. I was fortunate to have witnessed Ken “in action” in meetings around the world, working to solve complex business challenges…while also enjoying dinners discussing his beloved family, food, wines and travel. Always generous with his time and knowledge, Ken gave my son Alex an “insider’s” tour of MIT at the start of his grad school studies last September. Just one of several anecdotes and memories. Ken will be be fondly remembered and truly missed by all who knew him.

-Lisa Sandberg
Princeton, NJ    United States

My sincere condolences on your loss. The news of Ken’s passing is especially hard to grasp for many of us as he was so full of energy, intellect and ideas. Ken
was the one person in the room with the clearest vision of the future. It’s rare to meet someone that possesses both a high IQ and such emotional intelligence. I was fortunate to have witnessed Ken “in action” in meetings around the world, working to solve complex business challenges…while also enjoying dinners discussing his beloved family, food, wines and travel. Always generous with his time and knowledge, Ken gave my son Alex an “insider’s” tour of MIT at the start of his grad school studies last September. Just one of several anecdotes and memories. Ken will be be fondly remembered and truly missed by all who knew him.

-Lisa Sandberg
Princeton, NJ    United States

I am so saddened for your personal loss and my prayers will be with you for the weeks and months ahead for your family. The world has lost a great man whose heart was always open to others, and the technical community Ken contributed to so greatly has lost a great mind.

-Jon Andresen
OAKLAND, CA    United States

So sorry to hear of Ken’s parting. We will miss such an understated thought leader, a benevolent counsellor and bringer of all things good. The world today needs more of his kind. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.

-Andy Robson
St Albans, Herts    United Kingdom

I am saddened to have learned of Ken’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with all who loved him.

-Karen Kimbriel
South Bend, IN    USA

The world has lost a brilliant man with a brilliant mind. We are so grateful for all that he has given to the GS1 community and the legacy he leaves behind. He will be sadly missed by all those that were fortunate enough to have known him. Our deepest condolences to his family.

-Maria Palazzolo and GS1 Australia
Melbourne, Victoria    Australia

I am so saddened to hear this news. Ken was an outstanding person. Not because of his intellect, which was incredible, not because of his technical ability which was great, but rather because of how he treated others. Truly kind, patient to a fault, and a joy to be around.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

-Richard Ulrich
Bentonville, Arkansas    US

I am so shocked and saddened to hear about Ken. To me he will always be Kenny Traub because my association with him was from our childhood. Our families were close friends growing up and I used to love going to Ken’s house because he had the coolest things in his bedroom that I loved to look at and play with, much to his great despair. Adding machines, gadgets, gizmos, keyboards…it was a treasure trove of things to explore. I remember him playing the piano and his dog (step sister to our dog) singing along with his playing. I was thinking at the time that of course this brilliant person had taught his dog to sing. Most of the time I was frantically trying to keep up with what he was saying, and at a very young age I realized that I was not as smart as my parents thought I was because I could not begin to understand the depths of his mind and knowledge. I was just the pesky daughter of family friends who drove him crazy because I loved to play with his toys. I have very fond memories of him and send my sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family. He was very special. R.I. P. Ken

-Jane Alpern Powers
Palm Harbor, FL    USA

This is the saddest news. My memories of Ken run deep. We were students at John Adams High School in Indiana. This brilliant, kind, and thoughtful young man would sit down at a piano and simply play. No searching for notes , no party favorites…he would just play and oh so beautifully and honestly. I took it as a gift from someone who just enjoyed the music. I enjoyed his gift and his humor. His spirit and presence will be missed. My sincerest condolences to his family.

-Keith Byron Kirk
Pittsburgh, PA    USA

It was so sad to hear about this. Ken has been an exceptional, highly talented character and truly a great supporter of the LEI system. We will miss him.

-Stephan Wolf
Frankfurt, Hessen    Germany

I am still shocked and at a loss for words to express how sorry I am that Ken is gone.
In my very last e-mail to him, three days before he passed away, I just told him how much I appreciated his quick and instructive feedback and that I always felt a bit smarter after having read one of his e-mails. Apart from his extensive know-how, I definitely will miss his dry sense of humour, his precise statements, his reliability and his commitment.
My deepest condolences to you.

-Ralph Troeger    Germany

I deeply respected Ken and as so many others learned a lot from him. His work with GS1 has been fundamental. I wish those close to Ken the strength to cope with this loss.

-Coen Janssen    Belgium

thanks Ken for everything you shared with us. My sincere condolences to Pam and Isaac. all GS1 France team are with you in this paintful time.

-Xavier Barras    France

I’m really saddened to hear of Ken’s death. He was an extraordinary man. There are many in the community who will mourn deeply his passing as his was a life of service, love, compassion and excellence. May he rest in peace.

-Kurt Herregodts    Belgium

Most succinctly; this news stole the air from my body – a profound reminder of the fragility of life. Ken will be sorely missed. May all of the testimonials here remind you of the great man he was to so many, as he was to your family. May it give you strength in this difficult time to know you are in our collective thoughts and prayers…

-Michael Ventura
Haddonfield, NJ    USA

So sorry for your loss.

-Tammy Bressler
Eliot, Maine    USA

Why does nature remind us of our frailty by taking away those who are held in the highest regard. So, so very sad to here of his passing. Better to go having fun than at the wheel, grinding on…

-Charles Glasser
Scottsdale, Arizona

My sincere condolences to Pam and Isaac. I am so very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He will be missed by all.

-Eric Kauz
Highland Park, New Jersey    United States

I am very sorry to hear of the untimely loss. Ken had the distinct ability to shape the thinking of everyone he came in contact with. Faced with a situation, I often resolve it by asking myself the question “How would Ken handle it?”.

Rest in peace my friend and mentor, you will be remembered fondly.

-Jahangir Nakra
Titusville, NJ    USA

Me deepest condolences on you loss. Ken was humble and by far “smartest engineer” in the room. He will surely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

-Dharmesh Patel
Dublin, OH    United States

I feel honored and blessed to have known Ken. He was truly a brilliant engineer, great problem solver, deep thinker, always clear and succinct in expressing his ideas, strong mentor, and kind human being. His impact has been far reaching. Ken will be missed greatly and remembered forever.
My deepest condolences to the family.

-Krystyna Duch
Lake Barrington, IL    USA

Pam and Isaac,
Ken was so knowledgeable and integral to our serialization team. He guided us through the industry standards from the very beginning.
He will surely be missed.
My prayers are with you.

-Rosemary Hampton
Doylestown, PA    U.S.A.

So sad. The world lost has lost a brilliant man. My heart-felt condolences to his family.

-Karla Biggs-Gregory
Denver, CO    USA

It was an honour for me to work with Ken over many years. His huge intellect, his clarity of communication and his willingness to help me and so many others will be sorely missed. But I will also always remember him as being great company outside of work, humorous and witty in his conversations on a breadth of different subjects.
Pam and Isaac, we never met but please accept my sincere condolences

-Andrew Osborne    United Kingdom

We are shocked and profoundly saddened by your loss. Even as a youngster Ken was the “brightest one in the room.” We always thought him a prodigy, and his life bore that out. Our deepest sympathy to your entire family, from cousin Ralph, Diane, and Sarah Glasser

-Ralph Glasser
Springfield, Il    Usa

My prayers are with you Pam and Isaac. Ken was a great man. I will remember him for the depth of his technical knowledge, the clarity of his writing, the impact of his succinct speaking, the creativity of his thinking, the passion he had for solving complex problems, and the love in his heart.
Dirk.

-Dirk Rodgers
Chicago, IL    USA

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His intellect, humility and work ethic impressed me and many other professionals who worked with him. I was saddened to see such a young good person leave us so suddenly.

-Allan D Grody
New York, NY    USA

I send sincere condolences to Pam and Isaac. I knew Ken as a deeply caring, loving husband and father, who wanted only the best for his family, friends, and community. I’ll miss his thoughtful, witty, warm presence.

-Lynn Kass
Cambridge, Ma    USA

My heart breaks for your loss, Pamela and Isaac. Although I met Ken through work with GS1, my thoughts about Ken focus on his extreme patience with making sure we all learned from our conversations (standards, current events, and of course, wine). He made us feel very special when he asked for our input and points of view. Dear family, know that you will be in all of our hearts and prayers while you begin the adjustment to this very tragic loss.

-Michele Souothall
Chicago, IL    USA

Shocked and Saddened to hear about Ken’s untimely passing. Ken was the perfect engineer – and was able to articulate the problem and the solutions correctly and succinctly – He was typically “The smartest guy in the room” . Was a joy to work with and limitless well of knowledge. Will miss him dearly .
Condolences to your family. May your friends and loved ones give you the strength and peace now and always.

-Abhijeet Bhandari
Shrewsbury, MA    United States

My sincere condolences to Pam and Isaac. I am so very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Your family is in my thoughts.

-Lala O’Neil
Wellesley, MA    USA

I always enjoyed working with Ken. He brought a voice of reason to everything we did and will always remember those experiences fondly.

-Ryan Daigle
Mountain View, CA    United States

So shocked, and felt so sad to learn this. Ken will be missed by GS1 community. I am still remember I asked him questions when we were at Jersey city a few weeks ago. My deepest condolences to his family.

-Tony Zhang
NEWTON, MA

Shocked. My sincere condolences. GS1 lost a brilliant mind.

-Rafael    Colombia

My sincere condolences to Ken’s family. Ken was always a voice of reason and stability in sometimes chaotic project situations. With his intellect, confidence, precise language he always helped a lot of us focus and continually make progress. Ken had a very good sense of humor and ability to converse on a wide range of topics. We will all miss him.

-Visva Visvanathan
Johns Creek, Georgia    United States

My deepest condolences for your loss.

I had the great pleasure of working with Ken on several national and international standards. His knowledge and understanding of the area was a never-ending source of amazement to me. Working with him was always a pleasure and he will be sorely missed.

-Art Kaufmann
Culver City, CA    USA

I am very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I met him a number of times through GS1 and have been on many conference calls with him and he stood out as one of the most thoughtful, articulate and intelligent people I’ve had the pleasure of working with and knowing. To his family and close friends, please sincere condolences. He will be truly missed.

-John Danese
Silverthorne, Colorado    United States

My sincere condolences to his family , my thoughts are with you , we lost a great man and GS1 will miss his expertise and brilliant mind , i got to know him recently while working on Traceability, I enjoyed working with him , a brilliant man!
My deepest condolences to his wife and son and his family.
Nora Kaci
Belgium

-Nora Kaci
Brussels, brussels    Belgium

My sincere condolences

-Nicolas    Switzerland

I am deeply saddened. Ken was pivotal to so many things while retaining a great sens of humor and desire to help others. We have lost a true master.

-Ian Robertson
The Woodlands, TX    United States

Ken was very welcoming and supportive when I joined GS1 last year. In my short time here, it was evident how passionate he was about his work, and I likewise saw the immense respect that everyone had for him. Condolences to his family and (many) close friends.

-Kevin Stark
Cleveland, OH    US

I am so saddened by the news of Ken’s passing and offer my deepest condolences to his family. I only got to know Ken in a business setting, but I recall so vividly the twinkle in his eye when he defended GS1’s positions (which he did better than anyone else). That told me he was enjoying himself immensely. He will be missed by many.

-Bill Hodash
New York, NY    USA

I was deeply shocked hearing about Ken’s departure, just like all GS1 colleagues. We will miss his skills, knowledge, his mind and his personality. But obviously, the loss is most painful for his family and personal friends. Our thoughts are with you.
– Ewa Iwicka

-Ewa Iwicka    Belgium

Shocked and saddened by the news. Ken was exceedingly dedicated to his craft and I enjoyed him as a colleague and competitor.

-Ron Jordan
New York, NY    USA

So sorry for your loss. Ken was a friend and colleague and someone I greatly admired. His intelligence and wit will be sorely missed.

-Kevin Dean
Toronto, Ontario    Canada

My very deepest condolences to your family, Ken was a friend and a mentor who always took the time to engage and work things through on all levels. His contributions to the GS1 family and the GS1 world have been second to none over the past 15 or so years that I have known him. He was an amazingly talented man and a visionary that made the world a better place. He will be missed. RIP.

-Sean Lockhead
Lawrenceville, NJ    USA

My deepest sympathies. So sorry for your loss, a loss that will be felt by all who ever spoke with Ken. -sheri

-Sheri Koogler
Dayton, Ohio    USA

God must have called on Ken to do serialization up there. Will miss you Ken.
Ted Osinski, Cranford NJ

-Ted Osinski
Cranford, NJ    USA

Ken was brilliant with words and would no doubt, unlike me, know instinctively what to write at such as sad moment as this. He was an articulate, wise and clever man and also a warm, funny, caring and generous human being. I was privileged to speak with Ken on many topics over the years, and while he had clever anecdote or deep insight on almost any subject, I shall remember best his eyes sparkling with pride whenever he spoke of his drummer-boy son. My thoughts are very much with Ken’s family at this difficult time.

-David Buckley    Belgium

My heartfelt condolences to you Pam and Isaac, I have not met you personally but through Ken feel a connection. He was a lovely person with an amazing mind and I’m sure you know this already. My heart goes out to you for your sudden loss. He touched all parts of the globe and this you should know.

-Sue Schmid
Melbourne, Victoria    Australia

My sincere condolences to you, his closest family. This is a great loss for you foremost but also for global industry. Ken was a master brain within the GS1 community!
A true brilliant mind with an unusual capacity as well as great breadth of knowledge. Ken also possessed a unique impressive ability to structure and explain complicated technical matters. His contributions to the GS1 system and solutions are countless. Ken will be truly missed. He is irreplaceable.

-Sylvia Rubio Alegren, ICA Sverige AB    Sweden

Ken Traub is an icon of GS1. Together we have written “Missing Identification Resolution, Highlighting Serialisation” implementation guide. Ken Traub has been a fundamental thinker on the design and development of numerous standards. He contributed to the whole world, touched lives, known and respected all over the world.
He showed us how a great man can be. We will miss you.

-ilteris Oney
Brussels, Brussels    Belgium

We are very sorry to learn about Ken passing away. Ken was extremely knowledgable about all kinds of technologies and standards, and was always generous in his willingness to share his knowledge, ideas and thoughts in a way that non- or less technical colleages would understand. At the same time was great at choosing a good wine or telling a good story. He will be missed by us and many others. Our thoughts are with Kens family at this sad time.

Staffan Olsson & colleagues at GS1 Sweden

-Staffan Olsson    Sweden

I am deeply shocked and saddened by this loss. I worked with Ken over the past 5 years on a number of GS1 standards. He was an inspiration to work with and always brought a different perspective to our discussions that I valued. I learnt a lot from Ken and will miss his advice and guidance greatly. My sincere sympathies to Ken and his family at this difficult time.

-Chris Roberts    United Kingdom

I am shocked to hear this news. Please accept my condolences for your loss. I did not know Ken well, but he was a great support for our EPCIS implementation.
God bless him.

-Cyrille BORDIER    France

A deeply sad news. I had the utmost respect for Ken, both professionally and personally. Love and support for his family.

-Mariano Perez Cruzado    France

My sincere condolences to the family. I met Ken few times during conferences or tradeshows and I had the privilege to discuss with him about technical matters. The RFID community will miss him.

-Stefano Coluccini    Italy

Dear Pamela and Isaac,

My heartfelt condolences to you at this tragic news. Ken had been a wonderful person to work with, readily sharing his acumen and wit. May the strength of your loved ones bring you peace in this sad time.

With kindest regards,
Giselle Owyang-Erler

-Giselle Owyang-Erler    Austria

Dear Pamela,

My deepest sympathy for your loss at this difficult time. I knew Ken from my days working for GS1, he was a great man to have on your team.

Kind regards
James

-James Whittle    U.K.

Pam & Isaac,

I am so so sad to hear of Ken’s passing. Ever since our boys’ cub scouts days, I’ve known Ken to be an incredibly kind and gentle soul. I was always so happy to reflect that we shared the unlikely common bond of both being boys from John Adams High School in South Bend, Indiana who both ended up going to college at MIT and then both settling in Lexington – what were the chances! And, once in a while, I’d even have the pleasure to bump into him at a retail industry conference. As mentioned by his many friends and colleagues from the RFID community, he was exceedingly admired in his field.

Ken will be sorely missed. Our hearts truly go out to you and Isaac.

-Malay, Samta, & Ricky

-Malay Kundu
Lexington, Massachusetts    USA

I am saddened to have learned of Ken’s passing and send my deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones… May you find both comfort and peace during this time.
I hope that you may also find a moment to rejoice in Ken’s beloved following of friends and colleagues around the world who so enjoyed to work along side of him and debate the science of RFID and many other topics. He will be greatly missed. God bless…

-Myron Burke
Bentonville, AR    USA

Pam and Isaac,

I was shocked and saddened by the news of Ken’s passing. Wishing you both strength and peace for the days you have ahead.

-John Corona
CHICAGO, Illinois

OMG
I can hardly believe this could be true.
The father of ALE and EPCIS has passed away.
I was expecting that I can meet at RFID Journal Live on May.
I am really really sorry and sad for his loss.
My hearted condolences to his family.

-Jayjay Han    Korea

I am deeply sorry to hear Ken passing. He was a great man and he has done a lot of exception contribution to the engineering standard society. I do miss his voice in the telecom call.

-Alongkorn Namahoot
Bangsue, Bangkok    Thailand

I am shocked to hear this news. Please accept my condolences for your loss. I did not know Ken well, but he was a fixture in the RFID community and had a wonderful reputation. He will be missed.

Sincerely,
Stephen Lockhart

-Stephen Lockhart
Allen, Texas    United States

I am quite saddened to just now to read this news. I met Ken though GS1 and through some activities at OMG. He had a sharp mind and quick wit, and he will be missed. To the family and friends please accept my condolences.

-Edmund W. Schuster
Nashua, NH    USA

Shocked. My condolences.

-Shigeya Suzuki    Japan

Shocked by the news. Ken was a dynamo of RFID industry. We always enjoyed working with him. Condolences to his family.

-Jin Mitsugi    Japan

What a shock. Ken was on of the most brilliant and versatile people I ever met. Working with him was often a challenge and always a pleasure. He always amazed me by both the breadth and depth of his knowledge ranging from music to wine, from history to science. Ken will be sorely missed.

-Yury Girshovich
Lexington, MA    USA

My deepest condolences. Ken will be missed in the RFID community.

-Carrie Requist
Steamboat Springs, CO    United States

What a shock. My deepest condolences to all the family.
Ken was always so helpful, not just to me but to many of our team at the SML Group. We had many questions for Ken and he was always ready to help. I am sure that the whole RFID industry will miss him.
Philip Calderbank – SML Group Ltd.

-Philip Calderbank
Denver, CO    USA

Pam & Isaac,

Both Joan and I are very sorry for your loss. We wish to extend to you our commitment to keep both of you in our prayers in these times. From what we have read, Ken apears to have been a wonderful man, husband and father. May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you. May He turn His head toward you and give you His peace.

-Eric J. Niehaus
Lunenburg, Massachusetts

What a shock. Ken was on of the most brilliant and versatile people I ever met. Working with him was often a challenge and always a pleasure. He always amazed me by both the breadth and depth of his knowledge ranging from music to wine, from history to science. Ken will be sorely missed.

-Yury Girshovich
Lexington, MA    USA

Pam and Issac,
We are very saddened to hear about the loss of Ken! Our prayers and thoughts are with you. X,X,O,O
Katie, Javed and Azeem

-Katie, Javed and Azeem Sultan
Lexington, Ma

My sincere condolences to your family, and prayers for you in this difficult time. Ken was deeply respected for his intellect, vision and contributions to the GS1 community. He truly made a difference, and I appreciate having had the opportunity to learn from his work.

-Gayle Reilich
Dayton, OH    USA

We are so sorry to hear about this sensitive lost, Our heartfelt condolences to his family.
we hope for them fast acceptance in the hope that he is in a better place.

” The whole world is hushed today and through its silence we see how fleeting is this life “

-Manuel Araiza
Leon, Gto.    Mexico

Dear Pam and Isaac,

Ken was a dear friend and mentor. He was brilliant and yet so humble and down to earth. He had such a broad range of interests and had the ability to give meaningful advice on topics including – technology, architecture, food, wine, travel, and even people… It was amazing how everything and every situation for him was very clear – he always knew the right thing to do and he always did it.

He adored his family and spoke with great pride when he spoke of you Isaac. This is an unbelievable shock. He was taken away way too early and he will be missed dearly. Our deepest condolences.

Ushta Te’ (May happiness to be you)

-Jamshed Dubash
Shrewsbury, MA    United States

I am so sad hearing that Ken passed away. He was a brillant mind and always guided us to use EPCIS in the way it should be used. No doubt that this a very huge loss for the community not even thinking about the loss for his family. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. We miss him already.

-Joachim Wilkens
Düsseldorf, NW    Germany

On behalf of the University of Memphis AutoID Lab, I am very sorry for your loss. I spoke with Ken just this past Friday and was looking forward to a fun and educational time in Phoenix with him next month. His presence within the industry will be greatly missed by all. We will be sure to keep Ken in our thoughts.

-Kevin Berisso
Memphis, TN    USA

Deepest condolences to Pam and the whole family, still in shock at his passing. Ken was generous, thoughtful, and witty. I had the pleasure of knowing him through a common hobby, wine. His knowledge of fine wine was encyclopedic, and he was generous in sharing cellar treasures. One gets to know someone very well through sharing a meal table every month for years – and he was a thoroughly decent person. Completely in character, he and Pam recently drove me around after a recent dinner to get me gas after my car ran out. He gave me countless bits of advice on how to replicate his magnificent sourdough bread, after first sharing his yeast ‘mother.’ We’ll all so miss his kind, fun and uplifting presence. A great person, gone way too soon.

-Jeffrey K Griffiths
Belmont, MA    United States

So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking to and working with Ken. He was truly one of a kind.

-Susan Brozas
Hillsborough, NJ    United States

Dear Pam and Isaac,

We are deeply saddened to learn of Ken’s unexpected death. Memories float by of seeing Ken playing with you across our street among autumn leaves. His kind and gentle spirit, his brilliant mind will always be remembered and his gourmet dinners will never be forgotten.

-Ken and Lynda Laurence
Peabody, MA    Usa

Ken was a dynamic leader and a thoughtful man. The RFID community will miss him. Our prayers are with his family.

-George Reynolds
Clemson, SC    United States

Sincere condoleances. I have met Ken only for a few times, but was deeply impressed by him and his work he did for the RFID community. He will be missed.

-Danny Haak    Netherlands

I can’t believe that Ken is not with us any longer! I learned a lot from his publications during the past years. Ken is a great colleague and thanks so much for his contributions to the GS1 community. My deepest condolence to his family.
-Junyu Wang
Shanghai, China

-Junyu

Sincere condolences and greatly saddened to hear about Ken. Such a special man, a gentle and thoughtful person who will be greatly missed by many. His intellect and brilliance will be a great loss to the industry he supported with such professionalism. Deepest condolences to Pamela and family and you are all in my prayers.

-Lorraine Knight    United Kingdom

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Ken was a very knowledgeable person who brought a lot of experience and ideas to the RAIN RFID community. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
The RAIN RFID Alliance

-Steve Halliday
Cranberry Twp, PA    USA

Ken was a blessing to everything he did and everyone he met. He will be remembered in his professional circles for his fierce intellect, strategic perspective, but my memory of him will always begin by hearing his soft voice speaking words of strength, his honesty and character, his devotion and thoughtfulness, and his ability to help me understand more than how, but learn the reasons why. May your fond memories and love for Ken console you in the days ahead.

-Scott “Nadi” Gray
San Mateo, FL    USA

So shocked and saddened to hear about Ken. He was a brilliant mind who made a lasting contribution globally. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

-Susie McIntosh-Hinson
Salisbury, NC

My sincere condolences on your loss. Ken had a brilliant mind. As a passionate technologist, his structured approach and always at hand logic in solving complex problems has left an indelible mark on his many friends and colleagues. His personal contribution is immense in the business and standards world. He will be greatly missed. Kind regards, John Keogh.

-John Keogh
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (Borneo)    Malaysia

Very shocked and saddened to hear that Ken is no longer with us. He was a great colleague for 14 years, had a brilliant mind and a real talent for analysing difficult challenges and communicating ideas very clearly and logically. He will be very deeply missed by all of us who knew him. My deepest condolences to his family.

-Mark Harrison    United Kingdom

So sorry for your loss – Ken was brilliant and challenging and a joy to work with.

-Sue Hutchinson
Lawrenceville, NJ    USA

So sorry to hear of your loss.

-Rob Lee
Lexington, MA    United States


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