Tom Jarosh, the former general manager of IBM’s AS/400 line (when it was still called that), died Oct. 17 from melanoma. He was 55.
Jarosh worked as the GM of the AS/400 line until October 2000, when he moved into other positions within IBM’s server and technology group. I personally never spoke to Jarosh, but there are plenty of people out there who have, and had some nice things to write. Timothy Prickett Morgan wrote an obituary of Jarosh in IT Jungle recalling some of the accomplishments of Jarosh, as well as Morgan’s interactions with him.
Evelyn Hoover wrote at iDevelop that Jarosh “always seemed larger than life.” The death notice for Jarosh was published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Back in 1999, former Search400.com editor Paul Gillin had a chat with Jarosh about the future of the platform.