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May 28, 2007


David Berger

A wonderfully-writtren tribute, Irving. You're definitely in touch with your "inner Marty."

Bill McDermott

Thank you, Irving, for sharing your reflections on Marty - your deep freindship and your personal relationship. Indeed, he was a great talent who simply loved his profession. As Marty reflected upon his professional career, it was more than apparent that his happiest years were those spent working with you.

I was so glad to have spent some time catching up with Marty a few weeks back in your office. As expected, the whit and wisdom of the man was as fresh as the day I met him about eleven years ago. Marty Reilly was a treasure to all who know him, and he will be missed.

Mike Fay

Irving...Thanks for the post on Marty

Some of my favorite times in IBM or in business have been the unexpected wide ranging conversations you and Marty would ignite around things like the true nature of Linux and the open movement...getting at the real meaning, societal impact, historical parallels, etc.

Marty was unique in bringing both the wider world of ideas and a sly sense of humor into otherwise mundane business.

That's a real gift....and something i will miss.


I am 25 years old. I started working as a network administrator when I was 16. I have always been preoccupied by my career and it frightens me when I find out "behind the scenes" details like the ones revealed by this blog entry.

It happened to me before a couple of years ago when I was speaking with an IT veteran from Northrop Grumman. Reading this makes me wonder what will be my "secret" formula to achieve something, to make some difference...

I also find that today's world is somewhat different...


It was a pleasure to work with Marty during the times our paths in IBM crossed. And honestly, it always did feel like an honor to me. How many people are that good and that humble at once? He was kind and patient with me when I worked with him on things I'd never done before. He didn't need to be. You'd almost overlook -until you read him again - that he was such an incredible, influential writer. What a great fella. I'll remember him fondly for that.

Will Runyon

Thanks for sharing your memories about Marty.

Semper Fidelis.

Sarah Siegel

Irving, what a neat tribute to Marty. I'm sure he's proud of the writer you've become.

Bob Cooney

Irving. My wife Carol and I met you at the luncheon table after Marty's funeral yesterday. I chided you kiddingly that you were the one responsible for keeping him from retiring earlier. There is some truth to that, you know, as I wanted him years ago to come live nearby on Cape Cod, but Marty said he couldn't leave IBM yet because he felt such loyalty and respect for his "boss" and didn't want to leave him. Now, after meeting you and reading these wonderful words, I understand why Marty felt as he did. Thanks.

Jack and Ellen Crowley

Thank you for this warm tribute and for being our friend's friend. We knew Marty for 42 years. I know how much he loved working, if you can call it that, with you. He, Ellen and I touched each other in so many ways. Now I can name those effects - my own inner Marty. I, Jack, am pleased to have shared a few minutes with you on Thursday night. Somehow Ellen missed you. She regrets that she missed chatting with you and sends her thanks as well.

Michael Holmes

Thank you for a fitting send off and tribute to a lifelong family friend of mine. Since joining IBM five years ago I have (consciously and unconsciously) looked for ways to move my role closer to his out of personal and professional admiration of him. Marty loved the world of ideas. Verbally expressing these ideas in the written word was a gift that he nurtured but it seemed to be the ideas themselves that drove his interest. He always expressed great admiration for you personally as well as your continuous flow of innovative ideas.

Debra Gottheimer Neuman

Dear Irving,
Marty was one of the great treasures of IBM. For all of us who had the pleasure to know and work with him -- and in my case, to occasionally be coached by him -- it is wonderful to read your tribute. Thank you. Deb

Larry Phipps

I can think of no tribute higher than the one you've made. All of us who write nurse a secret hope that our words will live on after we've stopped spinning them out. Obviously, through you, Marty's secret wish was fulfilled in your "inner Marty". While I only knew him as a colleague, on more than one occasion he graciously took my calls, treated them with more seriousness than they may have deserved, and pointed me in the right direction. I'm grateful to him, and now to you for making the memories live.

Andy Russell

Irving: Marty was a valued colleague and friend when I was on your Communications support team and I was sad to learn of his passing. Like many former IBM Communications colleagues who e-mailed me today, I was moved by your poignant tribute to him. Working with you and Marty was a terrific experience and a highlight in my IBM career. Thank you for your public honoring of Marty. It underscores why those who worked behind the scenes always felt honored to work for you.

Lois Slavin

Irving: This is beautifully and powerfully written. Condolences on the loss of such an important person in your life.

Linda Wizner

Irving: What a lovely tribute to Marty. It is quite evident this came from your heart.

Linda Wizner

Irving: What a lovely tribute to Marty. It is quite evident this came from your heart.

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