Today’s New York Times brought the sad news of the death of Ernerstine Gilbreth Carey at the age of 98.
She is best-known for her childhood memoir “Cheaper by the Dozen,” her account about growing up in a family of 12 children. The book was a best-seller and I can recall how much I enjoyed reading it as a child, when I was no older than ten. The book resulted in several movies and I recall seeing the first of them. It had the same title and starred Myra Loy and Clifton Webb, two of my favorite actors.
Having read and enjoyed her book I am confident that her survivors– two brothers, two children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren — have at least 98 years worth of happy memories that will help them honor her memory.
Her father was Frank Butler Gilbreth, a seminal figure in the areas of motion study and industrial efficiency, and a man who had a major impact on the way things were built.
Some of his work relates to the way software is designed today, as I will discuss in the next post.
Ernestine Gilbreth Carey — may her memory be a blessing.