Jeff de La Beaujardiere
It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of a long time ESIP friend, Jeff de La Beaujardiere, or Jeff DLB as he was fondly known.
Jeff was an active ESIP community member for over 20 years, with his participation dating back to 2003 when he was a computer scientist working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Through much of the 2010s, Jeff served at the NOAA/NESDIS Data Management Architect and worked behind the scenes to secure NOAA's role as a funding sponsor of ESIP, a step that was crucial in solidifying ESIP as the broad-based, sustainable community organization we are today. Jeff also established the partnership between ESIP and NOAA's Environmental (now Enterprise) Data Management Workshop, a partnership that thrives to this day. As Jeff moved to NCAR in 2018, his contributions to ESIP never faltered. I was so pleased to see him last Fall at AGU in Chicago at the Data Helpdesk booth as he was determined to get a wristband for Ignite and didn't want to miss out on the evening! Last January ESIP was pleased to present Jeff with the ESIP President's Award in recognition of his impact on our community.
Via LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffdlb/) Jeff's family shared their appreciation. “l'd like to thank you for whatever portion of your life journey you have shared with Jeff. He was very close to some of you, merely a coworker for others. But each of you mattered to him in some way, and he mattered to you, which is why you are reading this post now. As Jeff directed me to do before his passing, this page will be turned into a memorial celebrating his life. His account will not accept new connections, and no one will reply to any messages sent to it. But if you would like to leave your final words or thoughts to Jeff, we invite you to do so here. You may leave a reply to this post, make your own public post, or even send a private message to this account.”
We are most grateful for his legacy to ESIP and share our condolences with his friends and family. We understand that plans are underway to pay tribute to Jeff in a few weeks at AGU in San Francisco and more details will be forthcoming.