Mona Simpson, Jobs’ sister, pens heartfelt eulogy

Sun, Oct 30, 2011


A heartwarming and insightful eulogy from Mona Simpson, Steve Jobs’ biological sister. This is a must read, incredibly written and a touching portrait of an admittedly polarizing figure. Read the whole thing here at the New York Times. eulogy

A few highlights:

He didn’t favor trends or gimmicks. He liked people his own age.

His philosophy of aesthetics reminds me of a quote that went something like this: “Fashion is what seems beautiful now but looks ugly later; art can be ugly at first but it becomes beautiful later.”

Steve always aspired to make beautiful later.

He was willing to be misunderstood.

Once, he told me if he’d grown up differently, he might have become a mathematician. He spoke reverently about colleges and loved walking around the Stanford campus. In the last year of his life, he studied a book of paintings by Mark Rothko, an artist he hadn’t known about before, thinking of what could inspire people on the walls of a future Apple campus.

Steve cultivated whimsy. What other C.E.O. knows the history of English and Chinese tea roses and has a favorite David Austin rose?

Again, read the entire thing. You’ll be glad you did.


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