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From: "Robin H. Johnson" <robbat2@g.o>
To: gentoo-announce@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-announce] In memory of Ferris E. McCormick (fmccor): trustee, developer, and friend
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 21:54:30
1 All,
3 It is with sadness that we as Trustee's bring forward this news that we have
4 recently received. Ferris Ellsworth McCormick, better known as fmccor, has
5 passed away unexpectedly on the 5th of August. His family does not wish to be
6 contacted. We have expressed our gratitude for his contributions on behalf of
7 the Community.
9 Ferris studied mathematics in college at Indiana University, graduating in 1968
10 with a Bachelor of Arts. Later he entered into the Law school at the University
11 of Michigan, earning his Juris Doctor degree in 1991.
13 He passed the bar in Michigan that same year and has continued to be an
14 actively certified Lawyer with the State of Michigan since then. He was also a
15 member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
17 Ferris joined Gentoo on April 16th 2004 as part of the sparc team and improved
18 sparc support for the entire open source community. Within a year he also
19 joined the Developer Relations team to help with mediation of any issues that
20 might come up between people. As time went on Ferris continued to expand and
21 assist Gentoo in many ways including assisting with the User Relations team and
22 growing to become the Strategic Manager of the sparc project. Finally, he
23 became a trustee and the Vice President of the Foundation assisting in getting
24 the foundation back into good standing.
26 While it is too late to say in person, the Foundation would like to thank
27 Ferris once again for all that he did for both Gentoo and the Open source
28 community. He will be missed.
30 Please join the community in eulogizing Ferris in our forums [1].
32 1.
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35 Robin Hugh Johnson
36 Gentoo Linux: Developer, Trustee & Infrastructure Lead
37 E-Mail : robbat2@g.o
38 GnuPG FP : 11AC BA4F 4778 E3F6 E4ED F38E B27B 944E 3488 4E85