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Dennis Moser – In Memoriam

Dennis MoserOn a bright sunny New Year’s Day 2015, we lost our long-time friend and colleague Dennis Moser.

Dennis had been battling a recurrence of cancer – undergoing treatment to battle the disease following the appearance of new symptoms at Thanksgiving.

I remember seeing him in the office just before Christmas – as he was about to complete his last round of radiation therapy. While tired from the treatments, he was as optimistic as ever that this was just going to be a brief battle.

When we heard the news of his passing just a few days later, we were stunned.

Dennis and I have worked together for over 40 years – having first met as IBMers in San Francisco early in our working careers. We both ended up later at Visa – and, ultimately, working together more closely as partners at Glenbrook. Our wives have had a similarly lengthy friendship over these many years.

A good friend, upon learning of Dennis’ passing, commented: “Dennis was one of the truly nice people I’ve known.” Indeed, everyone who has known Dennis must share that feeling – he was an optimist, a very hard worker, one who wanted and did add real value to whatever he was doing.

I remember Dennis also for his passion for reading – he was always quick to ask: “Read any good books lately?” to which I’d typically stumble trying to come up with something I actually had read and could recommend. Mostly, I just said – not really, how about you? – to which he’d always have a couple of great recommendations! I remember him most recently recommending “The Martian” as a recent favorite of his. It’s now on my Kindle and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it based on his recommendation – his recommendations were always the best!

They say with age comes some modicum of wisdom – but it’s still so hard when death of a colleague comes so out of the blue. I know Dennis would want us to remember the good times – and we’ll do that for sure. Meanwhile, we keep Dennis, his wife and daughter in our hearts and minds.

If you knew Dennis, we’d welcome you sharing some of your memories of him in the comments below. He was a very special friend and colleague – and we’ll miss him dearly.

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Carol Coye Benson
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Dennis was a quiet partner at Glenbrook, but an important one. I remember in the early years of Glenbrook, we were debating whether or not to turn a client engagement – teaching a start up company about how payments systems work – into a public workshop of some sort. While we were dithering and debating, Dennis suddenly spoke up. “Do it”, he said: “this is a good thing”. It went on to become our “Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp” – an important part of our firm and our culture. I’ll never forget Dennis’s role in making that happen. There were any… Read more »

Erin McCune
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At Glenbrook Dennis and I rarely collaborated on projects, but we were both fond of the Sierras and hiking. We shared tales of our adventures past and present. In recent years as his hip and shoulder troubled him, I knew he was vicariously accompanying me, eagerly looking at pictures and pouring over the trail map to see exactly where I’d been. When I heard the sad news I was on my way out for a hike. This afternoon I lingered at a beautiful West Marin beach and thought fondly of Dennis, as I know I often will when I lace… Read more »

Allen Weinberg
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Allen Weinberg

I was fortunate to have worked closely with Dennis since the inception of Glenbrook well over a decade ago. Truly a warm, thoughtful, great person and colleague. I will miss him.

May his memory be a blessing.

Jeff Olives
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Jeff Olives

Dennis and I worked together on a variety of projects at Visa over the past nine years. According to a variety of SOWs, he was my primary technical consulting resource from Glenbrook, but he was much more than that. Dennis was indeed a great technical resource, who loved to learn and develop new things. He had an innate ability to break down complex technical topics and then clearly document and explain them to the rest of us. He would always take on whatever role was necessary in a project– no matter how big or small. We used to always joke… Read more »

Kaye Burns
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Kaye Burns

Dennis was truly one of the nicest people I have ever met. I knew Dennis at Visa and it was always a joy to meet up and work with him. I am so sorry to learn of his passing. The world has lost a really nice man. So sorry…

Bryan Derman
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Dennis was a reserved but powerful presence at Glenbrook. He didn’t feel the need to voice strident opinions about every issue, but when he cared about something, he would put forward a view that was clear, well justified and forceful, which would often carry the day. In other words, when he spoke, people listened. The world would be a better place if more people operated with his kind of dignity.

Pete Heisinger
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Pete Heisinger

I am very saddened to learn of the loss of a good friend and a mentor. In 1990 Dennis took a chance on a hot headed young manager and brought me into Visa. It was the career break of my life and led to my 13 years years with the company. He then had to smooth out my rough edges. He accomplished this by showing me every day what class and character looked like in a corporate environment. In a rough and tumble business world Dennis always lived by his values and set an example for all of us. I… Read more »

Margaret Weichert
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Margaret Weichert

The payments industry has lost a bright star. So sorry for your loss.

Morgan Whitener
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Morgan Whitener

Sad and shocking. I will download “The Martian” to my Kindle today. The book could not have a better recommendation.

I will pray for the family.

Mary Mitchell Buckley
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Mary Mitchell Buckley

I am saddened to hear this news and will keep Dennis’ family, friends and colleagues in my thoughts and prayers. What a tremendously thoughtful and patient man. Working with him at Visa was always a wonderful learning experience for me.

Tom Layman
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I did not know Dennis well, but paths crossed numerous times both while at Visa and in the world of electronic payments consulting. He was always a very nice person to deal with and very professional and others have expressed extremely thoughtful. I know the payments industry will miss his contributions, but his friends and family will miss him even more. Our hearts, prayers and sympathy are extended to his direct and extended family and friends.

Linda Dovenmuehle
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Linda Dovenmuehle

Dennis was one of the first managers I supported at Visa. He truly had a great heart and great values! I will miss him, but will remember his kindness!

Linda Perry
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Linda Perry

Dennis was at Visa when I started in 1992. He was one of the few people who understood acquiring! He was welcoming and friendly. I am sorry to hear about his passing.

Marie King
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Marie King

I worked with Dennis on a project while at Visa and he was very kind and generous with his knowledge and time. So sorry to hear of his passing. Rest in peace kind soul.

Shehan Hettiaratchi
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Shehan Hettiaratchi

May his soul rest in peace. My prayers and condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Rick Johnson
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Rick Johnson

I have known Dennis since February of 1977, when I joined IBM as a Systems Engineer. Dennis was my SE manager at IBM, and I was the database SE for Chevron. What a time it was for us both. Subsequently, we were business partners in Moser Consulting Group (MCG, Inc. for those who don’t remember it), where we did work for Chevron, ARAMCO, Visa, American President Lines, and others. It was an exciting time, and we rolled with the punches that all entrepreneurs experience. Dennis and I had much success together in business. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but we… Read more »

Pam Flick Galligan
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Pam Flick Galligan

What a loss! I remember meeting Dennis the day he arrived at Visa, fresh from his consulting company and ready to lead us in VAP-land. He was just a genuinely good guy, and a great role model for so many of us with his thoughtful, measured approach to the challenges we faced as Visa transitioned from a chaordic startup through its various iterations. It was a pleasure working with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his colleagues at Glenbrook. He’ll be sadly missed.

Mick Hosken
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Mick Hosken

I can remember the very first time I saw Dennis around the middle 80’s. He was walking up Hillsdale Blvd towards Clearview in the standard IBM ‘gear’ (blue suit, white shirt, red tie), leather briefcase in hand. I stopped and offered him a lift which he gladly accepted. Apparently, he had dropped his car off down the hill for servicing. We worked together for many years and I enjoyed spending time with him. He was one of the nicest men I have had the pleasure to work with.

Paul Guthrie
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Paul Guthrie

My condolences to his family and to all of you at Glenbrook. I really enjoyed working with Dennis at Visa, and as you’ve said he was just the nicest person, and *so* knowledgeable. A real loss.

Kate Lepow
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Kate Lepow

My sincere condolences to Dennis’ familiy and to all my friends at Glenbrook Partners. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve this loss.

George Peabody
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George Peabody

My memories of Dennis are mainly as a colleague at Glenbrook where, while I only had the pleasure of working with him on a handful of projects, his presence was always one of quiet authority and deep expertise. When he had something to say, it was time to listen closely. Another memory that jumps to mind was the day I met him. Rather than sitting in chairs across a table, he asked whether I’d enjoy walking while we get to know each other a bit. On a sunny, warm afternoon, we covered a few miles of Menlo Park and a… Read more »

Beverley Anderson
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Beverley Anderson

Dennis put the word ‘gentle’ into gentleman and epitomized The true meaning of gentleman.

Barry Pearlman
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Barry Pearlman

I met Dennis in the early 80’s. We were working on a gig in Monterey. The work was brain numbing, but being able to work with Dennis made the time worthwhile. In 1989, Dennis shepherded my resume through the Visa maze. We stayed in touch updating each other on family, remodeling and work.
He was one of the good guys. We are all diminished by his untimely passing. He will be missed.

Jack baumgarten
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Jack baumgarten

Dennis: You are a true professional and gentleman – and a super athlete. God speed!

Pamela Koo
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Pamela Koo

Dennis is one of the most gracious and humble people I have ever met. His warm demeanor and cheery smile always come to mind every time I think of him. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Dennis, and consider it an honor to have known such a great man. Dennis will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences and prayers to the Moser family.

Dana Wagner
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Dana Wagner

I first worked with Dennis nine years ago when I was starting out as a contractor at Visa and have been fortunate to work with him often since then. He was insightful, gracious, good-humored and a consummate professional. There was no one I respected or admired more. He set an outstanding example. My heart goes out to his wife and daughter. I wish them peace and strength in this time.

Russ Jones
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More than a partner or a colleague, Dennis was an old-fashioned good friend. The type of person you could talk to about anything. Golf, politics, drones, basketball, books, machine learning, movies, 3D printing, cats, robotics, history, big data, restaurants, ISO 8583, wine, etc. He was interested in it all. And not just a casual conversation, but a thoughtful opinion. Personally and professionally, Dennis was the real deal. He loved his wife, was proud of his daughter, and lived a good life. Farewell old friend.

Ed Rice
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Denni was a true gentleman. He and his wife were examples of how we should all lead our lives….

Joel Mittler
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Joel Mittler

I never had the opportunity to work with Dennis, but our paths crossed briefly as my time at Visa was ending, he graciously spent time with me over coffee chatting about a positive path forward. He was as so many have noted one of the good guys. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Elizabeth McQuerry
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We’ll all remember Dennis’ kind heart and optimism. Always soft spoken yet always focused on creating the solution. I am fortunate for having the opportunity to work closely with and learn from Dennis in 2014. He was a great colleague, partner and friend. I’ll miss him very much.

Michele Braun
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Michele Braun

I only met Dennis the once, in early November. I was immediately struck by his obvious intelligence and, perhaps even more, by his ability to combine rigor and creativity. I looked forward to learning from him. I am sure he will be greatly missed, and I extend condolences to his family, friends, and partners.

Mike Gebbie
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Mike Gebbie

Dennis was a great man who lived an exceptionally rich life. My wife and I met Dennis at schoolpop.com (dotcom era) and he set us up in Visa (for which we are hugely grateful). Everyone has commented accurately that Dennis was inquisitive and engaged with almost everything – I remember going to lunches, dinners, seminars and discussing everything from start-ups/technology, to travel/sports, to family. He was proud of Alex and kept us posted on all the progress and adventures she was having. My wife and I always looked up to Dennis as a role model – not just in business,… Read more »

Steve Freeman
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Steve Freeman

Dennis was a friend and very influential mentor for me. I started working for Moser Consulting Group just a few years out of college, and was fortunate to learn a ton about business and technology from him. But most importantly, he was a key role model in the way he conducted his business and personal life with honesty, integrity, humility, kindness, humor, and curiosity. He made a huge difference in my life and will be greatly missed.

Jeff Hug
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Jeff Hug

Dennis was truly a gentleman. I worked with him at Visa when he supported us in Merchant Bank Services. He was always good during a crisis remaining calm and collected and always willing to solve the problem. A true team player. His demeanor and smile will be missed.

Stephen Schapp
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Stephen Schapp

I can’t even begin to express my sadness at the untimely passing of this wonderful man. I always wished I could be more like Dennis; he was the standard to try to live up to. The world is a poorer place now that he is gone.

Brad Nightengale
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Brad Nightengale

Such sad news. I remember Dennis well. We worked together on a number of projects, and he was patient, kind, and thoughtful. When I would see him in the Visa elevators, he always asked how I was doing, and we would pass the time discussing the world of business. He was a good guy, and I feel lucky I had a chance to know and work with him.

Angela Brown
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Very sorry to hear of Dennis’s passing. I got to know him while at Visa and he was a true gentleman.

Sue Devine
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Sue Devine

So many have been so eloquent I am not sure what more I can add. He was a trustworthy co-worker, with an eye and heart focused in doing the right thing for all involved. I was lucky to know him and am just so sorry.

Glenn Hendricks
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Glenn Hendricks

Cindy and I are deeply saddened at the loss of a friend and mentor. He will always hold a special place in our hearts. I worked with and for Dennis for many years. He helped grow my abilities as a Manager and was supportive through several transitions in my life. As I look back at the people who have helped me over the years, Dennis is near the top in the confidence he showed in me and the ability to teach me. I hope we can all show our respect for the time we got with Dennis, by practicing his… Read more »

Sally Hardwick
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Sally Hardwick

My heart goes out to Chris, Alex, his friends and rest of his family. The comments on this post say it all…it was evident to all whether through a brief encounter or lengthy relationship, Dennis was a good man. Truly a loss.

Michael Hughes
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Michael Hughes

It is great to read the compliments from the business colleagues of Dennis. Some of you may be surprised to learn that Dennis was also a fantastic 4 wall handball player. He won several national championship. He was inducted into the Northern California Handball Association at the Olympic Club in San Francisco in 2007. He was truly a remarkable athlete and a great competitor. And, just as is indicated by his business friends and colleagues, he was a gentleman every step of the way.

Vernon Waligora
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Vernon Waligora

This is just unbelievable. I have watched Dennis play handball at the Elks Club and at various tournaments in California throughout the years. Every once in a while he would give me a lesson on the court himself. Won at the Nationals playing against the very best. I knew he slowed down these last few years but I thought it was only temporary. Never once did I suspect or he let on that he was in danger of leaving this earth. I’ve had a few occasions to visit with him in the Tahoe area too. They were just chance meetings.… Read more »

jay danzig
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jay danzig

Dennis was always so fit, easy mannered and a competitor in the best sense of the word…we played handball together for many years at the south end rowing club in san Francisco, a natural athlete who glided around the court with ease..Dennis was well known for frustrating his opponents’ with his limitless reach…and as everyone knows, the best guy ever.

Sallie Moussa
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Sallie Moussa

I worked with Dennis for about 3 years while he was consulting at Visa. I found him to be a pleasure to work with – intelligent, willing to do anything to get the job done (with a smile at that!), and a great technical and strategic resource who somehow always had the ability to simplify with great reason the most complex challenges. He was also one of the kindest people I knew – and I will always remember his smile and twinkle in his eye. My condolences to Dennis’s family – you are all in my thoughts at this time.

Preet Chhokar
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Preet Chhokar

Dennis was one of the most honest and sincere men I met during our time at Visa. He shared information openly, always had a smile and a kind word. He is remembered fondly and my thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

Brian Byrne
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Brian Byrne

I really only knew Dennis from a work perspective but he was one of those rare breed of managers. He was sharp but sought and considered the input of his staff. He was encouraging and when you were wrong he coached instead of criticizing. He was compassionate but also focused and diligent. He was significantly under-appreciated by many of those above him. I enjoyed every minute of working for Dennis and I’m deeply saddened that he is no longer with us.

Nitin Kulshrestha
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Nitin Kulshrestha

I had the pleasure of working in Dennis’s organization at Visa. I was just starting out as a software developer and Dennis was already an executive at the big financial corporation. Yet he took the time to stop by and got to know each of us including me. I will never forget his smile and his ability to handle work’s biggest challenges with grace.

Richard Walters
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Richard Walters

Dennis was one of our high school classmates, Central High La Crosse, Wisconsin. Class of 1960. What I remember most clearly about Dennis was his efforts on the basketball team. He was not a first stringer but he always got out there with a positive attitude. His optimism is what I will hold in my heart for Dennis Moser.

George Merrill Snodgrass
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George Merrill Snodgrass

I have known Dennis since 1957 and never in any work capacity. He was one of my best friends … one of six of us that made our way through high school. “Big Mo” put up with everything we gave him and in our crew there was more than enough give and take. He was the best “sport” I ever knew. I will miss his smile and so much more.

tonia marks baney
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Dennis was a wonderful teen and turned out to be a great man. When we were all in our teens we hung out with a group of kids who were as crazy and fun as the late 50’s could be. We would pick him up outside his house or on the main street and drive around thinking we were doing something dangerous when actually we were doing nothing…Dennis grew up in a small town in Wisconsin where he was a billiant student but better then that he was a sweet, kind kid who was always willing to hang out with… Read more »