We received news just before the holiday weekend that Lee Dirks died with his wife Judy on a car accident on August 28 while on vacation in Peru. Lee was the Director for Portfolio Strategy in Microsoft Research Connections and he worked closely with academia, including a number of UWB faculty. It was good to be around Lee — he had a genial personality and a zest for life. He was very supportive of research in academia, was always looking out for opportunities for collaboration, and was ready to assist in any way he could.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of a good friend and colleague. We will surely miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.