The QBasic Forum Tribute to Mac McLamore
Hilliard Moffett McLamore, 72, died on June 14, 2008 at 6:30 p.m., at his home in Vienna, Virginia. As one of the first computer programmers, Mac started working for IBM in 1959 in Kingston, NY and he was quickly promoted and transferred to the Washington D.C. area, where he met his future wife, Gudrun Larsen of Denmark. In 1967, Mac moved overseas to work for Investors Overseas Services (IOS), and later, World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1974, he moved back to the Washington DC area for good, and worked as a database administrator for Boeing Computer Services (BCS). Throughout his career, Mac kept time with the rapid-fire changes in computing, and upon retirement, he devoted himself to The QBasic Forum. No matter how much he knew, he was always willing and able to learn more.

 "Mac" McLamore
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Nobody's perfect, but Mac was one of the best.

July 11 2008 at 5:18 PM


I didn't know Mac as well as I would have liked to. But I knew enough to have gained something substantial.

He brought with him a good deal of life experience and programming wisdom, and gladly shared it with others. I saw him as the "good-humoured rock", unshakeable, strong, yet causing no harm, providing shelter to others as if it were a law of nature to do so. He drew joy from many things, and shared that too.

While Mac made mistakes and met with oppositon now and then, he was never wrong. That is, he was never motivated by malice or selfishness as far as I knew him. He wanted the best for everybody.

But he made it all seem perfectly natural. It wasn't hard to overlook his great qualities. I think many of us took him for granted, and we really need to reflect on how much he actually did.

To a great man, friend, and a life well lived! QBasic rules.


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