Brendan Kehoe: Widener Student Authored One of the First Major Books on Using the Internet

July 25, 2011

Brendan Kehoe, 40, a Widener computer science student in the early nineties who authored the book Zen and the Art of the Internet: A Beginner’s Guide, died of leukemia in his native Ireland last week.  Dr. Bob Neveln, an associate professor of computer science and mathematics, recalled Kehoe as one of the brightest students and best programmers the university has ever seen.

The book, part of which was written while he was a student at Widener, was a very early and well-known guide to the Internet.  Kehoe blogged in 2005 about his time at Widener working on the book (he left the university in 1992), and the loss of his Widener e-mail address 13 years after his departure.

Sven Heinicke, a 1993 computer science graduate of Widener who is now a senior software developer at Princeton University, shared this photo of his good friend Kehoe (on the left) at his home over winter break when they were in school at Widener together.



  1. A copy & paste from http://rip.ie/death_notices_detail.asp?NoticeID=139926

    No flowers, please. Donations, if desired, to Educate Together.

  2. Thank you, very much, for your tribute to my beloved son.

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