"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
-- Isaac Newton
August 6, 1943 - October 16, 1998
Jon Postel served as editor of the RFC series from April 7, 1969 (its inception) until his death in October 1998. Full details of the debt we all have are outlined in the eulogy by Vint Cerf.
He died a decade ago, now -- we are poorer without him.