Apple Director Jerome York Passes Away After Suffering Aneurysm

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Apple Director Jerome York passed away on Thursday after suffering from an aneurysm. Mr. York had been hospitalized on Wednesday, and at the time was said to be unresponsive and gravely ill.

The 71 year old Mr. York has served as a board member for Apple since 1997, and is also well know for his work in the automotive industry and for helping turn around companies that are failing. He also previously served as IBM’s chief financial officer.

Apple’s Web site tribute to Mr. York

“Jerry joined Apple’s Board in 1997 when most doubted the company’s future. He has been a pillar of financial and business expertise and insight on our Board for over a dozen years,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement. “It’s been a privilege to know and work with Jerry, and I’m going to miss him a lot.”

Mr. York was born in 1938 in Memphis Tennessee. He was a graduate of the United States Military Academy and MIT, and also served as the chief financial officer for Chrysler.

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That’s too bad.
Deepest condolences to his family.

Brad Cook

My condolences to Apple and his family.



Condolences to his family and to Apple. And a big nod to Apple for putting up a tribute to Mr. York on their Home page (while removing all else), especially when gearing up for their biggest product launch since the iPhone. That’s class.


That?s class.



From MNN
York had a reputation for improving fiscal performance and helped both Chrysler and IBM as part of his career. He also had a short but high-profile tenure on the board at GM in 2006 and left after the company refused his calls to sell off unnecessary brands. The company’s unwillingness to do so has widely been blamed for its brief bankruptcy and ultimately led the company to do what he asked, dissolving Hummer and Pontiac as well as selling off Saab.

I found this very interesting. If they had listened to him at GM, things might have gone much better for them and the rest of the US. The more I’ve read today the more I’m impressed by Mr. York’s achievements.


What can one say?  America and almost every american benefited from Mr. York’s talent, wisdom, and character.  Those who so benefited can only repay the debt of gratitude by trying to follow his example, as we all continue.  To those who suffered the great personal loss of his friendship, I join others in offering my sincerest condolences.

John Adams



Wow. West Point and MIT-No slouch on the education level. Just beside the fact that he obviously did a great job helping guide Apple back from the brink.

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