Page Editor: Dennis Galletta
Over the years, we have lost some dear colleagues in our field. They were valuable colleagues and friends, and this page is a tribute to them. This page links to tribute pages hosted by others.
To add names and links to this list, please send the page editor the URL of the tribute page and birth and death years.
One difficult task will be to establish an inclusion rule for such notices. There is no perfect solution. On the one hand, we could limit the list to include only those who provided extraordinary leadership to the field (conference chairs, department chairs, journal editors, etc.). At the other extreme would be to include individuals related to the IS field, as academics or practitioners.
Requiring that the individual was an extraordinary leader seems to be overly restrictive, and for that purpose posthumous LEO Awards can be provided. The other extreme could produce a list that would number in the hundreds. A middle ground seems more reasonable: I recommend that we focus on the academic community, or those who closely supported the academic community, and also to formulate in our minds a definition of "Information Systems." Use your own judgment of that formulation to determine if the name should be submitted. This could include those who contributed on the fronts of teaching, research, and service to the IS community.
A working definition of the "IS community" could include those whose names can be found in the AIS membership list or the IS Faculty Directory worldwide. Additionally, they could have contributed to academic IS journals and conferences such as AMCIS, ECIS, ICIS, IFIP, AofM's OCIS, PACIS, or similar others. Significant contributions to our field can come from other fields as well.
Most importantly, strict enforcement of such definitions is not intended, and suggestions for improving the definitions over time are always welcome. Some editing will be done, however.
Efforts like this are sometimes very delicate matters, and we are more than eager to make quick changes in case of errors in judgment about inclusions, omissions, phrasing, or spelling. Suggestions of any kind are more than welcome anytime. We do not intend to slight or insult anyone. Suggestions of any kind are always welcome.<_x0021_o:p>