Sadly, the Internet Society and the IETF lost two good friends over the past few months.
On 2 March, Jim Bound passed away at the age of 58. In his role as chief technology officer of the IPv6 Forum, Jim was a passionate advocate for the adoption and deployment of IPv6. He was a member of the IETF's Internet Protocol Next Generation Directorate, which, in 1994, selected IPv6 from among several proposals to become the basis of the IETF's work on the next-generation Internet protocol. He was awarded the IPv6 Forum Internet Pioneer Award as IPv6 Lead Plumber. IETF chair Russ Housley expressed sadness at the news, calling attention to Jim's strong support for both the IETF and IPv6.
In announcing his passing to the IETF community, his friend and colleague Yanick Pouffary described him as a man of integrity who made “a profound impact on our industry and everyone who worked with him.”
Steve Coya, who worked for many years at the Corporation for Research and Network Initiatives, passed away on 3 June. Having spent part of his early career at MCI, Steve is best known for his work as executive director of the IETF at the Corporation for Network and Research Initiatives, where for most of the 1990s and early 2000s he ran the IETF Secretariat and organized the IETF meetings. Steve was appreciated for his disarming sense of humor and his desire to solve whatever problem was at hand. “It was always nice to have one unflappable optimist in the midst of IETF havoc,”? commented Paul Mockapetris. “He will be missed.”
The IPv6 Forum has announced that those who wish to make donations in Jim's memory send them to the Children's Cancer Research Fund, Jim Bound, c/o Stephen Ellis, PO Box 570, Hollis, NH 03049, U.S.A.
Contributions in memory of Steve Coya can be made to the Alzheimer's National Association, Capital Area Chapter, 11240 Waples Mill Rd., Suite 402, Fairfax, VA 22030.