Daniel Spalding, our Dev Lead in the VC++ linker team, retired last friday after 18 yrs at Microsoft. In a sense it is an end of an era since he has been around, like, forever, and it is difficult to visualize a linker team w/o him. Dan was one of the devs who implemented the "detect which files have been changed since last build and build only those next time" optimization back in 1994.
On a lighter note, I think he was the last guy in our building who came to work in a Ferrari - I think he had 3 of them. No more Ferraris in the bldg 41 parking lot!