Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Donald Senzig, Jr., R.I.P.

It seems I'm becoming de facto keeper of the rolls of fans gone up yonder.

Don Senzig, husband of Dorothy Dean a/k/a Grace O'Malley, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday, July 27. He was just 53. An obituary appears in the Thursday Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

I knew Don chiefly from conversations at WisCon and at Sue Blom's annual parties. I was always struck by what a gentle and wise man he was; he was modest, kind, generous, and courteous: nevertheless, he possessed a great fund of knowledge and skill that he shared joyously and without condescension. Men of his caliber are far too rare and he will be sorely missed.

Don learned electronics working with his father in a TV repair business. He built on of the early home computers from a kit, which eventually lead into a long-standing engineering career, in which he excelled although he was largely self-taught and never had a college degree. He used his skills and a natural talent as a teacher to help innumerable people and organizations become computer capable.

He was regular panelist on all sorts of subjects, literate as well as technical, at local SF cons including the various Milwaukee conventions and WisCon. In fact, he met his wife-to-be at a Milwaukee SF con. He supported liberal and feminist causes, and supported Dorothy's public and political career.

Damn, what a tragedy. Dorothy had announced that she was going to retire after the end of her current sucessful term as County Treasurer. On Tuesday, she came home and found Don dead of a brain anurysm. Friends who saw him in the last few weeks said he was feeling fine.

It's things like this that remind me there is no Cosmic Justice this side of the grave. Men like Don die untimely while S.O.B.s like (many public figures I could name but they don't deserve to be mentioned in the same paragraph) go on and on despite their long careers engendering misery and vice. Oh, well, if only the good die young, I should have a good few years left to me--.
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