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Archive for January 5th, 2020

Im memoriam: Rudy Velthuis

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/05

Given that I’m fighting rectal cancer and am extremely low on energy, I am keeping this much shorter than I want to.

Recently, I learned that Rudy Velthuis passed away on 2019-05-13. Born on 1960-10-30, he passed away at only age 58.

After asking permission from his family, I wrote a small im memoriam.

We frequently encountered each other on-line in the Delphi community, especially in the early days when I was way more active on forums, newsgroups and chat channels. He was famous there, with good reason.

Though colloquially known as [WayBack“dentist with a strong interest in programming”, he was a great Delphi programmer and very well known for thoroughly documenting the many gaps that Embarcadero left in their documentation.

In 2009, Edwin van der Kraan and I had an opportunity to have dinner with Rudy. We met at his house, where we learned he not only ran a fully fledged dentistry practice, but also was married someone who origilally was from the Philippines. A truly happy couple they were.

In retrospect, I wish we had had met in real life more often, but I’m learning the hard way that life is finite giving you only so much time to do things.

I will remember Rudy because of his knowledge, wit and odd – but great – combination of work and interests.

In the mean time, I have asked a few archival organisations (including the WayBack machine) to archive his sites:

Some of his profiles that I archived on 20190103:

I love the “Kraftwerk – Autobahn” picture on his Stack Overflow profile page, so I included that song below the fold.



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