San Jose, CA—Adobe Systems announced the passing of the company’s beloved cofounder, Dr. Charles Geschke. Dr. Geschke passed away on April 16 surrounded by his family. He was 81 years old.
“I could never have imagined having a better, more likable or more capable business partner. Not having Chuck in our lives will leave a huge hole, and those who knew him will all agree,” commented Dr. John Warnock, Adobe cofounder, former CEO and chairman of the board.
Dr. Geschke cofounded Adobe in 1982 with Dr. Warnock, a colleague from Xerox. Their first product was Adobe PostScript; it was a pivotal technology that sparked the desktop publishing revolution. PostScript provided a radical new way to print text and images on paper.
Dr. Charles Geschke
Dr. Geschke was chief operating officer of Adobe from December 1986 to July 1994 and president from April 1989 until his retirement in April 2000. In addition, he served as chairman of the board with Dr. Warnock from September 1997 to January 2017. He was also a member of the board until April 2020, when he transitioned to become emeritus board member.
Furthermore, along with Dr. Warnock, he was responsible for driving technology innovations that forever transformed how people create and consume content across screens. Additionally, a respected industry leader, he was instrumental in developing some of the software industry’s most pioneer technologies. In the process, Dr. Geschke helped build Adobe from a start-up into one of the world’s largest software companies.
What’s more, in recognition of his technical achievements, Dr. Geschke was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation; the Computer Entrepreneur Award from the IEEE Computer Society; and also the American Electronics Association Medal of Honor.
“As much as his inventions changed the world, it is his focus on people, purpose and culture that has profoundly impacted each of us at Adobe. As he always said, Chuck wanted to create a company where he would want to work. He believed that good ideas come from everywhere in the company and that it’s not only what we do but how we do it that matters most. He dedicated much of his time and talent to various philanthropies and community organizations throughout his lifetime,” added Shantanu Narayen, Adobe CEO.
“As I grieve the loss of my longtime role model, mentor as well as friend, I am comforted knowing that Adobe’s best days are ahead; exactly as Chuck would want them to be.”