Robert J. Chassell

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Robert J. Chassell
Born(1946-08-22)August 22, 1946
Bennington, Vermont, U.S.
DiedJune 30, 2017(2017-06-30) (aged 70)[1]
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, U.S.

Robert "Bob" Chassell was one of the founding directors of Free Software Foundation (FSF) in 1985. While on the Board of Directors, Chassell was also the treasurer for FSF.[2] He left the FSF to become a full-time speaker on free software topics. Bob was born on 22 August 1946, in Bennington, VT. He was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in 2010, and died as a result on 30 June 2017.

Chassell has authored several books including:

  • Chassell, Robert J. (2003). Software Freedom: An Introduction. Boston: GNUpress. ISBN 1-882114-95-7.
  • Chassell, Robert J. (2004). An introduction to Programming in Emacs Lisp. Boston: GNUpress. ISBN 1-882114-56-6.


  1. ^ "Goodbye to Bob Chassell". Free Software Foundation. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  2. ^ "GNU's Bulletin". Free Software Foundation. 1986. Retrieved 22 August 2010.

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