Inside Mona Simpson’s eulogy for Steve Jobs

Inside Mona Simpson’s eulogy for Steve Jobs

Stanford : CA : USA | Oct 31, 2011 at 9:58 AM PDT
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Steve Jobs’ sister, Mona Simpson, remembered the late Apple CEO in an emotional eulogy that was published in the New York Times Sunday. In the eulogy, which was delivered during his memorial service on October 16 at the Memorial Church of Stanford University, Simpson recalled the final days and hours of her brother, including his last words to his family.

Although Mona Simpson, a Los Angeles-based novelist and UCLA professor, didn’t speak publicly about the death of Steve Jobs, she commemorated him at his memorial service in a tearful tribute. Sunday's New York Times featured the eulogy she delivered at his memorial service at Stanford.

Mona Simpson shared her experiences of getting to know the computer genius brother whom she hadn’t known until they were adults.

Mona Simpson recalled in her eulogy that when a lawyer called her and said her "long-lost brother" was rich and famous and searching for her, co-workers started a betting pool. John Travolta was the top choice, but Simpson said she wanted someone more like a literary descendant of Henry James, "someone more talented than I, someone brilliant without trying."

She was 25 at the time and after meeting her long-lost brother, Mona Simpson later developed a deep-rooted friendship with him that CNN said lasted for 27 years. She spoke in the eulogy about meeting Jobs and about his talk of "making something that was going to be insanely beautiful" as they talked about computers.

“Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother,” Mona Simpson said.

She said her brother worked hard at what he loved every day. Simpson also said Jobs sketched devices to hold an iPad from his hospital bed. She shared details of how Jobs fought his illness and how he faced death.

Mona Simpson described Jobs' laborious breathing, calling it "severe, deliberate, purposeful."

"I could feel him counting his steps again, pushing farther than before," she said. "This is what I learned: he was working at this, too. Death didn't happen to Steve, he achieved it…But with that will, that work ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve's capacity for wonderment, the artist's belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later," she had said.

As a part of her eulogy, Mona Simpson shared that Steve Jobs' final words before his death were, "OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW" as he looked at his children, then at his wife Laurene and then over their shoulders past them.

Mona Simpson is a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, and writer of the novel "Anywhere But Here".

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Steve Jobs' sister hailed him as a loving, tender soul in her touching eulogy for the Apple co-founder
Steve Jobs' sister hailed him as a loving, tender soul in her touching eulogy for the Apple co-founder
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