While reading File 770, a fanzine for the science-fiction community, I was startled to find an obituary notice for Aahz Maruch, who helped with Python development in the 1990s and was a well-known figure on comp.lang.python back then. The obituary is item #12 on http://file770.com/pixel-scroll-10-15-21-i-know-what-pixel-you-scrolled-last-summer/ but I’ll also quote the 2-paragraph item in its entirety so you don’t need to click through:
- AAHZ MARUCH (1967-2021). [Item by James Davis Nicoll.] Python programmer, whose fannish activities date back at least as far as classic USENET (alt.poly and other groups), died October 14 following several years of ill health. Survived by partner Steph [sic] Maruch.
Editor’s postscript: Alan Prince Winston earlier this year described him as “an unstoppable-seeming guy” who “became a contra and square dance caller and choreographer despite really severe hearing impairment.”
I’ve been unable to find any further confirmation or obituary online. The last reference I can find to Aahz in the CPython commit logs is in 2003, when Raymond committed some changes to the tutorial that Aahz had suggested. He also co-wrote the book “Python for Dummies” with his partner Stef.