It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Tech50plus Founder and Chief Content Officer Gary M. Kaye, at age 70.
As readers of our site know, because he wrote about it, Gary had a kidney transplant in October 2016, a kidney donated by his son Max and said by his surgeon to be “museum quality,” a perfect match. With hard work, Gary recovered, but last year a surprise finding of early-stage lymphoma required rounds of chemo, which took their toll, and Gary wound up back in the hospital and then rehab.
His mobility limited, Gary, of course, sought out the best technology to assist him and wrote about his high tech wheelchair. Daughter Lindsay was getting married and Gary was determined to walk her down the aisle. With his stubborn persistence, he was able to do so, aided only by a cane.
Gary happily celebrated his 70th birthday on vacation in New England with his family, even getting back to riding his trike. But his health deteriorated again recently, and the problems proved impossible for him to overcome.
He is survived by his wife Jody, his daughter Lindsay, her husband Jeffrey, and his sons Max and Ben.
Gary was a proud graduate of Cornell University where he was news director of the student-run radio station WVBR-FM and an active alumnus. He earned a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Gary worked in broadcast news on both coasts, including at ABC Radio News & NBC Radio News, then back at ABC News as writer and technology producer for the pioneering Business World television program. When it went off the air, he stayed on at ABC as a writer and technology producer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and writer for other ABC News programs. Gary’s next stop was CNN where he was a technology producer for some 6 years, then a writer/technology producer at Fox Business News for 3 years.
Gary met and knew just about everybody in tech, from Bill Gates on down, and saw that personal technology was focused too much on the young, while his generation, the Baby Boomers, was mostly ignored, although they were the ones who invented and first used the devices and programs that are still the foundations of tech today: the PC, the Mac and the smartphone, to name but a few.
So Gary founded Tech50plus.com, a site that showed that just because someone was over 50, or 60, or 70, they still cared about and used personal tech. And what’s more, that tech could help them as they aged or become infirm, something tech companies are only lately waking up to.
Tech50plus will stay online – although not actively updated – into early 2019, as Gary wished. He subtitled the site: “Technology Through Our Eyes.” Perhaps someone will open their eyes and continue writing and reporting on personal technology not just for 20 and 30-year olds. That person will be following the path blazed by Gary M. Kaye.
If you wish to make a donation in Gary’s memory, the Kaye family favors: