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SPEC Mourns the Loss of Tom Skornia

Tom Skornia

Among the many people guiding SPEC through its early years was a Silicon Valley icon known for his grand sense of humor as much as for his legal acumen.

Tom, after a long and valorous battle, succumbed to cancer on Wednesday, April 27th, 2005.

Tom was, for several decades, the go to legal person for startups and spinoffs, and to the everlasting benefit of SPEC, experienced with industry consortia. References to Tom and his involvement in the fortunes and failures of Silicon Valley appear in several books. Tom Skornia was Secretary, Legal counsel and advisor to the SPEC Board of Directors for over 10 years.

All of us who worked closely with and knew Tom always appreciated his efforts and unique tolerance for excessive and energetic engineering exactitude with patience, humor and the particularly valuable ability to "sum it all up".

We miss him.

Larry Gray
For the SPEC Board of Directors
and the SPEC community
April 28, 2005