Charles Geschke founded Adobe in 1982 with John Warnock after they both met while working at Xerox. Their first product was Adobe Postscript which was an important technology that led to a revolution in desktop publishing.
Charles Geschke was Adobe’s chief operating officer from December 1986 to July 1994 and president from 1989 until his retirement in April 2000.
“This is a great loss for the entire Adobe community and for the technology industry for which he has been a guide and hero for decades,” wrote Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen. Adobe co-founder and Charles Geschke’s colleague, John Warnock, writes in turn that:
“I can’t even imagine how I could have had a better, more gracious and capable business partner. Not having Chuck in our lives will leave a big hole for all of us who knew him.”
Charles Geschke is survived by his wife Nancy Geschke, his three children and seven grandchildren.