Peter and all,
Mike was also a member of the W3C Web Ontology Working Group that developed OWL, 2002-2004. See:
http://www.w3.org/TR/owl-ref/. He was also the co-editor of the OWL Web Ontology Language
It would be useful to update his namesake page with this too.
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On Behalf Of Barkmeyer, Edward J
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2014 2:52 PM
To: [ontolog-forum] ; OpenOntologyRepository-discussion
Cc: Nancy Dean
Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] Mike Dean
What that list only hints at is the combination of technical ability, leadership, and dedication that Mike brought to the projects he led, and the patience,
tolerance, and personal warmth that he contributed to their success . Mike was a hero of the AI community; he got talented and difficult people to work together to realize great ideas. As others have said, he will be missed by many of us, personally and
professionally, and he will be long remembered.
To help keep this kind and brilliant gentleman in our memories, I have just updated MikeDean's namesake page on the OntologWiki - see:
August 7, 1961 - November 19, 2014 (4EWM)
Raytheon BBN Technologies
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. (162N)
Among other roles, Mike was (4EWN)
Chair of the DARPA DAML
Committee (Joint US/EU ad hoc Agent Markup Language Committee) (*2000~2006) (4EWP)
Co-convener of the Open Ontology Repository (OOR)
initiative (est. 2008) (4EWQ)
Symposium Co-Chair for OntologySummit2013:
Ontology Evaluation Across the Ontology Lifecycle (4EWR)
... he has made key contributions, and took on leadership roles, in various activities of the Ontolog community, SOCoP,
and theOntologySummit program
see: http://purl.org/net/mdean/ (162O)
His work and spirit will continue to be with us all.
On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM, Peter Yim <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear Nancy,
> Very sorry to hear this. I want to extend my most sincere condolences
> to you, Jason and Noah.
> Mike has been an inspiration to me, and a role model to a lot of us in
> the ontology and semantic technology community.
> May he rest in peace!
> Very sincerely. =ppy
> Peter P. Yim
> On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM, Nancy Dean <nancy.dean@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Mike asked me to use this email list to spread this announcement. I know
>> there were some people missing from his original message, but I can not find
>> an updated list. Please feel free to forward this message if you know of
>> someone omitted.
>> I am saddened to report that Mike passed away peacefully this morning,
>> ending his 10-year cancer battle. His sons, Jason and Noah, and I thank you
>> for your friendship and kindness towards Mike. He enjoyed his work
>> immensely, for the technical content, yes, but mostly for the wonderful
>> people he was privileged to be around.
>> The below link details services to be held in Ann Arbor on Friday.
>> We are currently finalizing arrangements for visitation and then services
>> and burial in Elkton, Virginia (and expect that to be Monday and Tuesday,
>> respectively). He will be at the Elkton Kyger funeral home and further
>> details should be available shortly on their website
>> On Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 5:11 PM, Mike Dean <mdean@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Almost ten years after being diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer,
>>> today I started in-home hospice care. This doesn't mean that death is
>>> imminent. I've had a great life, and thank you for being part of it. I
>>> plan to continue to at least read email as long as I am able. Please feel
>>> free to forward this message to other friends I may have inadvertently
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