Charles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe and co-inventor of the PDF, has died at 81
“This is a huge loss for the entire Adobe community and the technology industry, for whom he has been a guide and hero for decades,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said in an email to Adobe employees.
“Chuck instilled a relentless drive for innovation in the company, resulting in some of the most transformative software inventions, including the ubiquitous PDF, Acrobat, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop.”
Geschke earned a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and then took a job at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center where he met Warnock.
He served as chairman of the board with Warnock from September 1997 to January 2017 and was a member of the board until April 2020, when became an emeritus board member.
“I could never have imagined having a better, more likable, or more capable business partner,” Warnock said in a statement.
“Not having Chuck in our lives will leave a huge hole and those who knew him will all agree.”
In addition to his contributions to the technology industry, Geschke was also known for surviving a 1992 kidnapping attempt.
and the world, and of course he was very, very proud of that and it was a huge achievement in his life, but it wasn’t his focus — really, his family was,” his wife Nancy Geschke, 78, told the Mercury News.
“He always called himself the luckiest man in the world.”
Geschke is survived by his wife Nancy, who he was married to for 56 years, three children, and seven grandchildren.