The Internet Society is deeply saddened at the passing of Wendy Rickard this week after losing an extended battle with cancer.
Wendy was a long-time contributor to the Internet Society and the Internet community. As part of her work with the Internet Society, Wendy initiated the OnTheInternet magazine (OTI) in 1996. OTI was published first in print and then online until 2001 and was one of the first periodicals that covered the broad range of technical, policy, and development topics relating to the Internet. She was the initial and long-time editor of the Internet Society Annual Report and contributed to many other Internet Society publications. She also served until very recently as the Associate Editor of the IETF Journal.
Wendy worked with Internet Society Members and Chapters across the globe to capture and promote the important Internet development work we were all doing. She was able to capture the difference the Internet made in the lives of individuals around the world.
"Wendy believed in the power of the Internet to transform. She understood its potential and was able to make it real and accessible long before it was so commonplace. She was a remarkable woman and will be missed by all of us at the Internet Society," said Lynn St.Amour, Internet Society President and Chief Executive Officer.
Beyond her Internet-related accomplishments, Wendy is remembered for her incredible passion and the seemingly endless creative and positive energy she brought to everything she did.