Droves of luminaries, from Bill Gates to Joan Baez, attended memorial service for Steve Jobs this weekend

Mon, Oct 17, 2011


A memorial service for Steve Jobs was held this weekend at Stanford University’s Memorial Church. The event attracted a number of technological, political, and artistic luminaries who all gathered to pay their respects to a man whose products, as he so often said, existed at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts.

The Wall Street Journal notes that the memorial included moving remarks from Jobs’ wife Laurene, his sister Mona Simpson, his good friend Larry Ellison, and Apple’s design guru Jonathan Ive  who Jobs has previously referred to as his best friend.

Both people who attended described the service as incredibly moving and a fitting tribute to Mr. Jobs, who was known as a tech visionary, demanding boss and a fanatic for design. One person mentioned that many speakers cracked jokes about Mr. Jobs, who died on Oct. 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

All told, hundreds attended the invitation-only event. Other notable guests included folk singer Joan Baez (who used to date Jobs, Yo Yo Ma, Bono, Bill Gates, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, the Clinton family, Maria Shriver, Tim Allen, Michael Dell, Rahm Emanuel, Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell, Stephen Fry, Apple board member Al Gore, Andy Hertzfeld, Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, Jon Rubinstein, Adobe co-founder John Warnock, and Avie Tevanian.

Apple meanwhile is planning its own memorial to celebrate the life of Steve Jobs this coming Wednesday at 10 am Pacific Time. The 1-hour private event will be held on Apple’s campus and will reportedly be live-streamed to Apple retail stores around the world who will be closed for that hour of the day.


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