In Memorium: David J Northrop

Today, my good friend David Northrop died at work today. He was my boss and also my friend. While I had heard of him years ago when I was at New Mexico Tech, I had never met David until I was interviewing for a job at UNM a couple of years ago. David was smart, inquisitive and had done it all: startup, big business, hypno-therapist. The hypno therapist was the biggest reason I took the job. From what David told me, he had done hypnotism mainly as a way to hack the brain. It was a pure computer geeks view of how malleable we all are. David was one of those few computer geeks who could do computers and manage people. He was always available when a crisis occurred and was very good about getting out of people's ways when they were getting stuff fixed.

Anyway, he was a good friend, and I will miss him. As David always said on the way out... "Nighty night"


Unknown said...

Condolences, Smooge, to you and all who knew him.

Unknown said...

David was one of my oldest, dearest friends. He was always brilliant and kind -- the highest compliment I know.

The world is a much poorer place today. I can not believe he's gone, and will feel his loss deeply for the rest of my life.

Rob said...

I had heard about David's passing when it happened, but just happened on this blog post now. I worked with David 2+ years, great guy to work with, and I always looked forward to his calls.