Bob Yelavich Passes Away

Bob Yelavich, former IBM’er and “the godfather of CICS“, passed away on January 21, 2009. Bob was very enthusiastic in his evangelizing the benefits of using CICS. When I started attending SHARE conferences, I attended every Yelavich session I could. Bob continued to attend conferences such as SHARE and Impact even after his retirement.

Bob’s web site was a huge source of CICS information and history until his retirement. After he retired, Bob dedicated his site to documenting his trips. It has been a challenge just trying to keep up with his travels. He was scheduled for an around-the-world adventure at the time of his passing. Bob was only a few weeks away from his 75th birthday at the time. He will be missed.

Leigh Compton (IBM) reports the following:

Bob’s youngest son, Joe has suggested “… people who want to show their gratitude make a donation to either the Lupus Foundation or the Arthritis Foundation. Nothing formal has been set up.”

The burial will be this Friday, 30 January, 9:30 am, at Moore and Sons Funeral Home in Arlington, TX. All are welcome to attend the burial.

Any emails can be sent to Joe ( or if need be
correspondence can also be sent to his address at:

1018 Via Madrid
Livermore, CA 94550

Bob’s e-mail is being forwarded to Joe, and any cards or letters sent to Bob’s home address are being forwarded to his daughter in California.


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