Adobe co-founder Dr. John Warnock has passed away Adobe announces on Saturday the age of 82. The cause of death has not been released; He is survived by his wife, graphic designer Marva Warnock, and his three children.
Warnock founded the revolutionary software company Adobe with his partner, the now-late Dr. Charles Jeschke, in 1982. Marva Warnock designed the original company logo, and Adobe released its first software, the desktop publishing software Adobe PostScript, two years later. Warnock served mostly as CEO of the company until 2000 and was co-chairman of the board along with Geschke until 2017. Warnock remained on the company’s board of directors thereafter.
Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen wrote in an email to employees informing them of Warnock’s death that Warnock was “one of the greatest inventors of our generation with a huge impact on how we communicate with words, images and videos”. He later added, “My interactions with John over the past 25 years have been the highlight of my career.”
Adobe is widely associated with Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Photoshop, but the company has maintained an impressively wide range of highly regarded core applications across many industries. During Warnock’s tenure as CEO, Adobe has created industry-standard software for business, graphic design, photography, video editing, audio recording, and more.
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