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“When I moved from NY to Austin to work in Phil's team in IBM, 1987, I felt I found a life time fried and good leader. He was always there for me....Read More »
1 of 49 | Posted by: Oscar Ounsinegad - Austin, TX

“We'll always remember the time Joan, Phil and Will visited us at our cabin in New Mexico. Phil was a special person and I know he'll be so missed. ”
2 of 49 | Posted by: Nancy & Artie Keller - Austin, TX

“Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the loss of Phil. Please know my heart is with your family, especially among you and Will. I am...Read More »
3 of 49 | Posted by: Tanya Fordyce - Davenport, IA

“What I remember the most about Phil was his genuine willingness to help my team and I. He would change his travel plans to try to attend our...Read More »
4 of 49 | Posted by: Victor Mieres - Singapore

“Joan and Will our prayers are with you on Phil's passing. Phil was memorialized during the 40th class reunion of King High School on September 20th,...Read More »
5 of 49 | Posted by: David and Terri Grassbaugh - TX

“Joan and Will, Phil has many disciples as he was a mentor to many. His enthusiasm for technology and innovation was simply contagious and spawned a...Read More »
6 of 49 | Posted by: Mark Papermaster - Menlo Park, CA

“Phil was a true professional who gave me our first mandate with AMD. I was subsequently able to help him join National Instruments. He has always...Read More »
7 of 49 | Posted by: Selena LaCroix - Dallas, TX

“Joan and Will, never had the pleasure of meeting you but I was one Phil's college roomates and senior high school friends. I have so many memories of...Read More »
8 of 49 | Posted by: Phillip Overton - Dallas, TX

“Joan, I am so very sorry for your loss. Am keeping you all in my prayers- Karen ”
9 of 49 | Posted by: Karen Dalman - IN

“Joan and Will, i am deeply sorry for your loss. I will always remember Phil as a fun guy who gave me the opportunity to experience engineering...Read More »
10 of 49 | Posted by: Jeff Gruger - Austin, TX

“In 1983 I joined the ROMP department, and became friends with Phil and many other talented engineers. I remember my first day ... at lunch I went to...Read More »
11 of 49 | Posted by: Harrell Hoffman

“Joan and Will, We are so sadden to hear of the death of Phil. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Y'all have been a part of the Lake Travis...Read More »
12 of 49 | Posted by: The Zonana Family, Kevin, Debbie, Ryan, Samantha - TX

“Our fathers worked together at Reynolds Metals and our families lived one street apart. We went to the same schools from kindergarten to high school....Read More »
13 of 49 | Posted by: Becky (Sumpter) Trevino - TX

“As a former colleague of Phil at National Instruments, I recall how Phil strived to keep us engaged and focused with such phrases as "The plan is the...Read More »
14 of 49 | Posted by: Ken Reindel - Cedar Park, TX

“We worked with Phil since last year and it was a pleasure. He already knew Dresden from hin at AMD and thus was a very good advocat understanding the...Read More »
15 of 49 | Posted by: Thorsten Draeger on behalf of Signalion GmbH

“I knew Phil from the early days of 801 into ROMP and ROSETTA days (Sailboat and Clipper) thru RS/6000. Tho we never had a outside IBM relationship,...Read More »
16 of 49 | Posted by: Wally Tuten - Georgetown, TX

“Joan & Will, I am so sorry to hear about Phil's passing!! He was such a wonderful friend to my dad and our whole family through thick and thin...Read More »
17 of 49 | Posted by: Lynette Cipione-Brownlee - Belton, TX

“While I never worked directly for Phil I was fortunate enough to be a planner on the RT and RS/6000 products and got to know him very well. While we...Read More »
18 of 49 | Posted by: Rich Enders - Round Rock, TX

“I retired in 1992 from IBM while working for Phil. He was a great friend, mentor and manager. His passing at such a young age is tragic and my...Read More »
19 of 49 | Posted by: JOHN HOLLAWAY - GEORGETOWN, TX

“I worked for Phil directlly when he was responsible for the Architecture for the RS/6000, and indirectly as he moved up the ladder. He was an...Read More »
20 of 49 | Posted by: Carl Zeitler - Tomball., TX

“Phil and Joan always opened their home and hospitality to all of Will's friends through the years. It was a gathering place for all of those...Read More »
21 of 49 | Posted by: The Karczewski Family - Austin , TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with Phil's family and friends. I worked with Phil in the 1980s and 1990s on AIX, RT PC and RS/6000, PowerPC, etc... I...Read More »
22 of 49 | Posted by: Pierre Fricke - Sudbury, MA

“My thoughts and prayers for the family. I worked with Phil at IBM and he is one of the nicest person I ever met. ”
23 of 49 | Posted by: P T Patel

“So shocked and saddened to hear of Phil's passing. He and I were colleagues at AMD and we have continued to be both colleagues and friends during our...Read More »
24 of 49 | Posted by: daryl ostrander - austin, TX

“My thoughts and prayers for the family. Phil was one of the nicest, kindness man I worked with at IBM. May he rest in peace. What a loss at such a...Read More »
25 of 49 | Posted by: Sylvia A Stern Stone - Austin, TX

“Sad to see Phil pass at such a young age. He was the engineer who rose to be an IBM VP without ever leaving Austin. He was highly regarded by senior...Read More »
26 of 49 | Posted by: Joe St. Clair - Round Rock, TX

“To Phil's family: You have my sincerely condolences at this time of your loss. My friendship with Phil here at NI was brief (too brief) but...Read More »
27 of 49 | Posted by: Pete Zogas - Lakeway, TX

“I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Phil in 1978 at the outset of the ROMP project at IBM. I was immediately impressed with his...Read More »
28 of 49 | Posted by: Tom Jeremiah - Hillsborough, NC

“Phil brought humor and good cheer to the workplace. He was committed to doing the right thing for the people around him and the group as a whole. He...Read More »
29 of 49 | Posted by: Dirk Meyer - Austin, TX

“It is hard to add to all the wonderful things already said about Phil. This is truly a huge loss to his family, many friends, and the technology...Read More »
30 of 49 | Posted by: Doug Norton - Austin, TX

“I worked wirh Phil for many years. He was alwas congenial and of-good-cheer, whether working on a technical problem or going to lunch. I remember...Read More »
31 of 49 | Posted by: Don Waldecker - Round Rock, TX

“I met Phil in 1983 at IBM. We both worked for Bob Carter. Phil was full of ideas and energy. I remember Phil helped me with a broken car - nothing...Read More »
32 of 49 | Posted by: Lynn Rowell - Austin, TX

“Joan and Will ... my sincere and heartfelt sympathy to you both. At this time of great sorrow and strife, please know that you are both in my...Read More »
33 of 49 | Posted by: Nick Donofrio - Ridgefield, CT

“My heartfelt condolences to Phil's family. Phil was a one-of-a-kind leader at IBM - a deep intellect, down to earth, incredibly approachable and...Read More »
34 of 49 | Posted by: Becky Austen - Austin, TX

“I grew up two doors down from Phil. He was a year ahead of me in school but we were friends. Back in the day when you played outside. Sue and...Read More »
35 of 49 | Posted by: Sally Redman Buck - TX - friend

“I had the wonderful privilege to work with Phil for a number of years at IBM. He was a great mentor and friend who will be dearly missed. Sincere...Read More »
36 of 49 | Posted by: Gary Huber - Austin, TX

“He is very Active and more dedication. I met him thrice and I am very impressive about his working style. ”
37 of 49 | Posted by: Saravana Kumar - Bangalore

“Over the past four years I had the privilege to work with Phil. He was a great colleague who I would routinely seek advice on business matters and...Read More »
38 of 49 | Posted by: Ash Razdan - Austin, TX

“Phil was my manager when he was the Architecture manager for both the RT and the RS/6000. I was amazed at how quick his mind was, and how succinct he...Read More »
39 of 49 | Posted by: Jerry Barrett - Austin, TX

“Phil made the world better by his presence. He will be sorely missed. We were close for many of our developmental years. He rocketed onto a...Read More »
40 of 49 | Posted by: John Stockton - AUSTIN, TX

“Phil was a great mentor to many, many people. I am one of them. I remember in the early days of Romp development, this very smart young man that...Read More »
41 of 49 | Posted by: Ray DuPont - Horseshoe Bay, TX

“We all remember the friend, who always made time for us Who always had a smile and a kind or helpful word and then . . . Sometimes a clever...Read More »
42 of 49 | Posted by: John Shaughnessy - Austin, TX

“Phil was a great person, excellent technologist, ideal coworker. I will always have fond memories of Phil's gentle spirit and tremendous insights. I...Read More »
43 of 49 | Posted by: Mario Rivas - Austin, TX - Friend

“I worked closely with Phil for many years at IBM on the RS/6000 project. One of my favorite of his sayings was "you can't 'fool' an electron" ...Read More »
44 of 49 | Posted by: Tom Arthur - Georgetown, TX

“Phil and I worked together when he was a junior engineer and became part of our ROMP team at IBM. He was one of the brightest engineers I ever met...Read More »
45 of 49 | Posted by: Abraham Torres - Austin, TX

“I worked with Phil at IBM. He was a fantastic man and a great leader. All the best to his family. ”
46 of 49 | Posted by: Victor Morales - Laguna Niguel, CA

“Worked with Phil at IBM years ago. Was always an upbeat and exciting guy. Shocked to hear of his passing. ”
47 of 49 | Posted by: Jim Nissen - Austin, TX

“Phil and I attended U.T. together and graduated in the same year. He was IEEE president on campus; I was a member. We both were at IBM together, and...Read More »
48 of 49 | Posted by: Nathan R. Lewis - Austin, TX

“I went to jr high and high school with Phil and had the pleasure of having lunch with him a few years ago. He was so down to earth and unpretentious...Read More »
49 of 49 | Posted by: Hector Cadena - Austin, TX


Phil Hester, 58, National Instruments Senior Vice President of Research & Development, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17. Phil is survived by wife, Joan Hester and son, Will Hester of Austin; and by his parents, Sue and CD Hester of Corpus Christi and now Austin.

Phil was born in Corpus Christi, TX and graduated from Richard King High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has resided in Austin, TX since 1973.

Since 2009, Phil continued his passion for engineering and technology at National Instruments. He was a mentor, colleague and friend to many. He also was a key driver in building a world-class global R&D team.

Phil had served as a director for ON Semiconductor where he chaired the Science and Technology Committee since 2006. He had served on the Engineering Advisory Board at the UT Austin Cockrell School of Engineering for many years.

Before joining NI, Phil was the Chief Technology Officer for AMD (Advanced Micro Devices). In 2000, he co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of the computer server company Newisys, a Sanmina-SCI Corporation.

Phil began his technology career at IBM where he spent 23 years serving in a variety of key leadership and executive technical roles. While at IBM Phil lead a number of system technology efforts including the RS/6000 and served as one of 15 member of the IBM Corporate Technology Council and as the chief technology officer and vice president of systems and technology for the PC division.

He was recognized as the first Outstanding Young Alumnus by the University of Texas at Austin College of Engineering. Hester held more than 10 patents related to microprocessor architecture, memory controllers, and microprocessor testability.

Phil was a valued friend and colleague in the technology community and will be greatly missed.

Phil was a kind, loving husband and father. No one could be more completely devoted to (or bring more joy to) his family than Phil. His kindness and generosity was legendary. He was a friend to all who came in contact with him.

Phil particularly enjoyed being near the water and diving with his wife Joan. He and his son shared a love of cars, technology and finance.

If anybody epitomized the saying that the good die young it is Phil.

Visitation will be Friday, September 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish on 2620 South Congress Avenue. Funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish, 2620 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704.
Pallbearers are Will Hester, Mike Day, Clay Cipioni, Scott Rust, Carl Schleuder and John Schleuder. Honorary pallbearers are Doyce Hester and Don Schleuder.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering at:
Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station C2104
Austin, TX 78712-0287