Apple Director Jerome York Passes Away After Suffering Aneurysm

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.