The passing of former Apple chief executive Steve Jobs marks the end of a storied era in technology that is being mourned from the company’s Cupertino, Calif., campus to Washington.
Jobs, 56, had long battled health problems — fighting back pancreatic cancer, surviving liver ailments and more — yet kept a signature role with the company even after sickness forced him to formally relinquish his title as CEO.
In his passing, he has left a tech titan known not only for its iconic iPod, iPhone and iPad, but also for its ability to captivate even Washington in its tech mystique.
It was Jobs, after all, who met repeatedly with President Barack Obama as the White House sought to burnish its image among the technology crowd.
The relationship yielded not only an early iPad for the president — which Obama said just this week had been a gift from Jobs — but a key, well-respected ally in Silicon Valley and a paragon for the sort of innovation and job creation that the White House seeks to emphasize.