Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, 98, Author of Childhood Memoir

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.

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