Remembering Heidi Carson
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As reported in our recent dW newsletter, last week the developerWorks team received some tragic news:
Our good friend and colleague, Heidi Carson, was lost while scuba diving last week in the Caribbean. Heidi has been an integral part of developerWorks since its earliest days, most recently overseeing the editorial content on our Wireless and Web development zones. Heidi was adventurous, engaging, and extremely talented -- and we will miss her enormously. Our thoughts are with her family and all those close to her.
Heidi and I got to know each other before the birth of developerWorks, when we were both working at IDG in San Francisco in the 1990s. About five years ago, when she was living in Berlin, I visited her and explored Germany. This week I was compelled to dig up a couple of photos from that trip. One is in the garden of the Hotel Elephant (notice the elephant growing in the background) in Weimar; the other is in the city center of Berlin.
Last fall Heidi shared with me some photos of her too-recent wedding. One of those photos really stood out to me as capturing her beauty and her joyful presence:
Heidi always knew how to enjoy life, and I was honored to have known her and to share some time with her.
I miss you, Heidi -- both professionally and personally. Professionally, you've been a longtime champion of dW's focus on open and cross-platform environments, and you've played a key role in our success. (As one dW colleague put it, you helped dW "create a powerful Web presence, closely watched by competitors.") Your recent work as editor of the Web development zone, with its emphasis on today's popular Web 2.0 technologies, has been a particularly significant contribution, and both the dW team and dW visitors will miss you as we continue to grow that zone. Personally, I, as well as many colleagues and friends, will miss your wit and warm smile, your calming presence and your genuine, generous nature. (As one friend put it, with your "iridescent smile," you "brightened every room.") But I also know that you live on. I know that the foundation you helped build with dW will continue to serve the dW community for years to come. And I know that your spirit, and your wonderful example of living a happy and full life, live on with me, and with many others. I wish you eternal happiness.