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Internet2 Mourns the Loss of David Reese

Sep 17, 2019, by Glenn Lipscomb
Tags: Advanced Networking, Frontpage News, Internet2 Member, Regional Networks

David M. Reese, Vice President for Regional and International Initiatives at the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019.  

A long-time contributor, member and leader in the research and education (R&E) community around the globe, Reese started working with CENIC since its inception in 1996. Before his various work and contributions at CENIC, Reese led the creation of the California State University's network in the early days of the Internet. His brilliance and imagination were integral to the creation and development of R&E networks for over three decades both nationally and globally.

Reese was a community pioneer and enabler, helping propel many important regional, national and international scale networking projects. From envisioning the possibilities to understanding the actual opportunities of R&E community-owned optical infrastructure, Reese played a key role in enabling large-scale commercial peering and defining international exchange capabilities in the global R&E community. In the U.S., Reese contributed significantly in the development and advancement of regional and state networks in support of higher education and research.

Reese was also a member of Internet2's Network Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) where he was instrumental in providing technical advice and expertise to Internet2 staff for the benefit of the entire R&E community.

We are very saddened to have lost a dear colleague and friend. There are countless people who had the distinct pleasure of knowing and working with Dave for many years and he was an exceptional person in every regard. Dave cared so much about our community. He had passion for our work – here in the U.S. and also around the world as a leader for networking in the R&E community. He will be deeply missed.