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Bob's family is intending to have a virtual event the weekend of July 28-29.  No details yet.

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RL "Bob" Morgan

Friend, Colleague, Mentor and a truly awesome guy.
We have all the people to prove his identity.

Anyone may comment at the end of this page - please do so and help affirm Bob's identity with the attributes of all the people he touched.  It's a community effort - just as he would want.

In recognition of the many years of Bob's leadership in IT for Higher Education and generally, the community who loved and respected Bob so much, attempted to acknowledge his many contributions by presenting him with the Internet2 President's Leadership Award on April 24, 2012.  

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The plaque given to him reads: 

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Given in gratitude to

RL "Bob" Morgan

For exceptional global leadership
in the evolving world of digital identity.
For keen vision and acuity in enabling
new paradigms and services of enduring benefit
to global research, education and beyond.
For mentorship and personifying the essence of
true collaboration and membership in
Internet2 and InCommon.

April, 2012

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His professional life in Information Technology was filled with leadership, design and lots of hard work.  Just some of the things he has done in the Identity and Architecture space (in no particular order):

  • A founder of the InCommon Federation (involved in nearly every aspect of creating and developing the federation and the concepts of federation)
  • Co-Chair of InCommon Technology Advisory Committee
  • Chair of MACE (Middleware Architecture Committee for Education)
  • Senior Technology Architect, Computing and Communications at University of Washington
  • Bread Baker's Guild of America
  • Internet2 Middleware Initiative
  • National Science Foundation Middleware Initiative (a primary lead, key contributor and definer of new terminology)
  • co-creator of Shibboleth
  • InCommon CAMP & Advanced CAMP (leader, presenter, contributor)
  • IETF (working groups: ldapext, SASL, PKIX, TLS, ASID, KRB-wg), his specific RFC contributions
  • Internet Society
  • Directories (particularly for use in Higher Education)
  • MACE Grouper Project
  • MACE Signet Project (deprecated)
  • fping, versions 2.x

We lost Bob on July 12, 2012 to his battle with cancer which he documented, in his own very unique way.  We believe the following from his blog demonstrates his humor, insight, ability to explain complex things in simple ways, nature to make you think.  It's quintessential Bob.


Just to clear this up, for all you computer people.
Last time was “re-install OS and restore from backup”.
This time is “install a different OS”.
Next time is “migrate to the cloud”.
Got it?

Yup, we got it!

[We have pictures of Bob\!] 

If you have some you would like to contribute you can add them yourself or email Michael Gettes or Steve Olshansky.

From Kevin Morooney at the Pennsylvania State University comes the story of the Penn State water bottle and the idea from Renee Shuey (also of PSU):

Renee and Bob were having a conversation.  Eventually, Bob got a chance to speak.  They were talking about what his condition was and what he was going to do to try and get better.  Renee, of course, wanted to know what she could do to help.  Bob told her that it was going to be a marathon, so perhaps she could provide water.  So she got a water bottle with Penn State on it and once she explained what it was for, I asked if I could help by taking some pictures with it.  I carried it around with me since that day, and have taken pictures of it all around campus, central PA, and even places where I've traveled while on business and pleasure.  My family was quite helpful at times, as have work colleagues been.  Everyone came to know what the bottle was for.  In fact, I got asked twice the last two days why I was so down and in both cases all I had to say was that my water bottle friend passed away.  They knew immediately that it was a big deal to me.

And, there are all the "Bob-isms"

grumble, grumble
ummm, uh.
Dunno, let's discuss.

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