Sadly, Rich Comerford, an editor/engineer colleague, passed away recently. My editor colleague Martin Rowe said:
Richard passed away on Feb. 1. His wife Pearl Lau told me last night in an email. She was unable to contact people because Richard’s phone was stolen while he was in the hospital. The person who told me made the connection with Pearl.
Pearl wrote: “For the past 3 years he had bladder cancer. He was going to Sloan-Kettering for treatments. It was not considered fatal. Unknown to me and our daughter Lily he stopped going for treatments and he metastasized. From October to Jan. He was in and out of hospitals. The silver lining (and I believe there always is one) is that his sons came and they reconciled. Tim and Lily bonded. They last saw each other when she was 2, she's now 29. 3 weeks later their mother died.”
There will be a party on June 16 to celebrate Richard’s life in Spring Glen, NY, near Ellenville. Pearl will send me an invite to pass along.
When I was a freelance tech writer for Hearst magazines and EDN in 2011, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Rich Comerford with Bryan DeLuca as our manager at Hearst Magazines. Brian interviewed Rich in 2012 when Rich was editor-in-chief of Electronic Products, a Hearst magazine. Check out this link from that interview and you can peer into Rich’s personality, thoughts as well as his passion as an engineer and a tech writer.
Rich’s recent Aspencore departure in late 2016 began his self-employment status. His goals were clearly outlined on his Linkedin page:
1. To advance the understanding of technology so that everyone can benefit from it.
2. To pioneer and experiment with new forms of media and communications.
3. To help safeguard the future for posterity through knowledge of technology.
4. To boldly go where no editor has gone before, while wildly splitting infinitives.
He had expertise in diverse areas of technology including:
RF & Microwave Components & Systems
Test & Measurement
Sensors & Transducers
Packaging & Materials
He began his engineering education in 1963 at Manhattan College as he studied a multi-disciplined series of courses and received a degree of Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Electronics, and Nuclear Engineering in 1968. Rich worked on Manhattan College’s ‘Manhattan Engineer’ magazine while there from 1963 to 1968.
Rich’s first job was at Sperry Univac in 1969 where he worked for 9 years. He became an editor at McGraw-Hill in 1978 until 1983. The he joined Cahners Publishing as the Computer Editor at EDN from 1983 to 1984. He moved on to become the Executive Editor at Electronics Test at Miller Freeman from 1984 to 1987.
After a three-year stint at Testech Ltd. From 1987 to 1990 as a consultant for test engineering projects, Rich returned to journalism as Editor at the prestigious IEEE Spectrum magazine from 1990 to 2001.
Later he had a short role as a project editor/writer at Modem Media from 2002 to 2004 and left to begin a long career with Hearst Magazines as Editor from 2004 to 2015 and was editor for Electronic Products, when Aspencore acquired Hearst, he remained as an editor for Electronic Products with Aspencore until Nov. 2016 and then moved on to self-employment.
We will miss you Rich—you were one of us.