In Memoriam

This page is dedicated to the memory of and preserving the invaluable contributions of past SHARE volunteers.

ehrman.jpgJohn R. Ehrman
SHARE Volunteer, 1967-2018

During his 50-year tenure as a SHARE volunteer, John served the organization in roles that included member of the Board of Directors (1972-1974), manager of the Assembler Project, and IBM representative to the Fortran Project. John may be most well known in the SHARE community for his depth of knowledge in the Assembler language and his commitment to sharing that knowledge with others as one of the most active session presenters in SHARE history. John gave 260 presentations at the most recent 34 SHARE events, including a five-part Assembler Boot Camp in conjunction with volunteer Michael Stack. He also authored a textbook on the Assembler language for IBM z System Servers that still serves as a preeminent resource for mainframe programmers.

In biographies, John described his own journey into computers thusly, “After too many courses in math and physics I discovered computers, and have enjoyed working at the Assembler Language level ever since.”

The John R. Ehrman Award for Sustained Excellence in Technical Education was established in 2017 to recognize a SHARE volunteer's outstanding contributions to the technical program, both through demonstration of exceptional technical competence and knowledge, and the effective sharing of that competence and knowledge with fellow SHARE participants over an extended period of time. The inaugural presentation of that award will take place at SHARE Sacramento.

Hogan elected from SHARE Report.jpgJohn Hogan

SHARE President, 1976-1978

As a SHARE volunteer, John served in the following roles: Member, CPS Project, Deputy Manager, CICS Project Chairman, CICS Accounting Committee, Deputy manager, DB/DC Applications Division, Member, Advisory Council, Member, Nominating Committee and Director of Divisions Chairman, Advisory Council. His influence on SHARE is not reflected in the short list of positions he held. John served 2 1-year terms as President -- he was the last 1-year President as the Bylaws were changed in 1977 to provide for 2-year terms.

Statement from Jim Michael:

2017-10-30 From Megans page.jpgAs I think back on my years of friendship with John, I find myself deeply aware of what a kind, thoughtful, caring man he was. He was generous with his time and always ready to sit and talk with a friend, or any member of our SHARE family who wanted his insights. We talked about the light and funny things that made him laugh as his face light up with humor, and about the deep, meaningful topics that brought out the humble wisdom and keen intelligence of this special man. His dedication to SHARE was endless. He was always ready to give his time, attention, and best ideas to help advance our mission. His contributions in developing others as they grew in their SHARE careers are immeasurable. His readiness to trust others, and the trust he inspired, called us to give our best.

Of course, one of the great gifts that John shared with us was his love of music, and of bringing out the music in all of us. To spend an evening singing with him at SHARE was one of my favorite parts of the time we spent together. He put his heart into his playing and singing with us. We'd tear into the rocking numbers, soar with him through the quieter ballads, and laugh out loud at some of the more colorful songs in his repertoire. At least once, we had hotel security, tell us that2017-10-30 Hogan in suite.jpg the show was over! I'm so grateful to have spent many evenings swapping songs and stories with John, and so many of you. I know we'll all look back on those times with a smile.

While those nights of singing could get loud, I find myself remembering John as a quiet, thoughtful, man. He knew how to have a good time, and he also wondered about the big questions in life. He read, and sang, and looked at the stars. He worked, and played, and loved his family. Somewhere, he is singing still, or talking, and listening with care, to friends. Someday, we'll sing and talk together again. It was my pleasure to have known John, and my honor to be his friend. I will miss him. 

Ken Ebbe.jpgKen Ebbe
SHARE President, 2002-2004
As a volunteer, Ken also served in the following roles: Member of the Technical Support Management Project, SHARE Senior Management Team, Board of Directors (Deputy Director, Operations; Director Member Relations & Sales; Director of Marketing; Director of Operations; Vice President, Immediate Past President), Finance & Audit Committee, Future Conference Committee, Nominating Committee

Statement from President Harry Williams:

SHARE and the SHARE Community lost a true friend in Ken Ebbe. He was always there with his infectious smile willing to help. A quiet mentor to many, whispering wise counsel to many. Those of us who were fortunate to have worked with Ken are better for having known him. 

Celebration of life for Ken Ebbe will be this Saturday, July 15th, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Paul's Neighborhood Bar. Ken and his wife talked many times that after "all of this was over" they wanted to go to Hawaii. So in lieu of flowers and as a memorial to Ken, his children have set up a "Mahalo for Mom" Go Fund Me page because they know she would never ask for anything for herself but Ken would love to be able to send her.