[e2e] Passing of an Internet historian - Chris Edmondson-Yurkanan

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Wed Jun 14 09:49:21 PDT 2017

Hi, all,

The following was just announced on the Sigcomm list, FYI:


4. We are sad to report the passing away of longtime ACM SIGCOMM member
and enthusiastic volunteer, Chris Edmondson-Yurkanan on May 23 after a
lengthy and disabling illness. She had been a faculty member in the
Computer Sciences department at the University of Texas, Austin, for
more than two decades and helped organize the SIGCOMM conference at
Austin in 1989. Her obituary can be found here:

Importantly, one of her main passions was Internet (and SIGCOMM)


I'm sad to hear that Chris has passed, but also wanted to note some
additional ways in which Chris served the community that was not
included in the tribute:

As far as I can tell, Chris created the role of ACM SIGCOMM Conference
Coordinator, which involved both overseeing the organization of the
SIGCOMM annual conference, but also managing request for
"in-cooperation" status. Although I'm not sure when she started, she
served through 2003, at which time the role of Conference Coordinator
Emeritus was created for her to help hand-off the role (to me, FWIW).
She served as SIG Secretary/Treasurer 1991-1995, and organized the 1999
panel of past SIGCOMM Award recipients on its 10th anniversary. I was
also honored to host her as a USC/ISI Postel Center Visiting Research
Scholar in 2004, to investigate our archives for her research in
Internet history.

FYI. And if you'll pardon the personal note, she is missed and
remembered fondly.


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