Sad Loss in the Excel and Technical Community
I’m writing this blog tonight with a heavy heart, as I just learned that Excel MVP and personal friend Nate Oliver has suddenly passed away.
For those of you who did not know Nate personally, he was a very smart, funny, and warm guy who never hesitated to help those who asked — and when he sensed it, to help those who didn’t ask. Nate touched countless thousands of people’s lives by sharing his knowledge and expertise in Microsoft Excel, other Microsoft and non- Microsoft applications, and his brilliant programming techniques.
Nate and I last spoke a month ago, with a tip he sent me about how to improve my web site for IE8 users. You are welcome to comment with your memories here, or at Nate’s Facebook page.
Nate will be sadly missed, not just by his own family but by the global technical family of which he was so valuable a part. Here are photos from recent MVP Summits, remembering the good times.
2009 MVP Summit, Rock Bottom Brewery, drinks and dinner
Left side, front to back: Ken Puls, Roger Govier, Greg Truby, Tushar Mehta (hidden).
Right side, front to back: Kevin Jones, Nate Oliver, Mike Rosenblum, Richard Schollar, Bill Jelen, Curtis Frye (hidden), Bill Manville.
2009 MVP Summit, Rock Bottom Brewery, “The MrExcel Gang”
Back row, left to right: Greg Truby, Nate Oliver, Richard Schollar, Bill Jelen
Front row, left to right: Zack Barresse, Chris Smith, Tom Urtis.
2009 MVP Summit, Rock Bottom Brewery, “MrExcel Togetherness”
This was Mrs. Smitty’s idea — while we were coerced by the empty pitchers.
Back row, left to right: Greg Truby, Nate Oliver, Richard Schollar, Bill Jelen.
Front row, left to right: Chris Smith and Tom Urtis.
2009 MVP Summit, Rock Bottom Brewery, Excel MVP’s group photo
Far back row, head and shoulders above the crowd is Nate Oliver, with Chris Smith.
Center row, left to right: Bill Jelen, Mike Rosenblum, Roger Govier, Richard Schollar, Ken Puls.
Front row, left to right: Zack Barresse, Greg Truby, Tom Urtis, Curtis Frye.