LAN Solutions mourns the death of Pete Soloway, the founder of the company who died April 13 at the age of 65.
Pete was a great guy to work for and was a father figure to me. When he asked me if I wanted to help him install some network cabling back in 1989, I protested that I didn’t know anything about computers. He responded: “I know you know what the inside of a wall looks like, and I’ll teach you everything else you need to know.” He did that, and more. He created a work environment that allowed me to learn by doing, backed by his knowledge and advice.
When Pete retired last year, he bowled me over with his generosity by giving me the business. He presented the idea in his characteristically understated manner. It was around lunch time and I had stopped by his house to pick up some materials for the next work day. He addressed the issue as if it were already accomplished, told me that he would work for me, and then proceeded to call me “boss.” He will be sorely missed.
Marian K. Hepburn
A memorial service for Soloway, who founded LAN Solutions, a computer networking company, in 1986, will be held Saturday, May 7, at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton on Cherry Hill Road. Because Soloway had a lifelong interest in music and performed with many folk and contra dance groups, a contra dance will follow the memorial service.