Internet2 Mourns the Loss of Gregory Palmer
Gregory D. Palmer, research liaison in the information systems and computing organization at the University of Pennsylvania, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Palmer was also the executive director of MAGPI at the University of Pennsylvania, which is the Mid-Atlantic GigaPOP in Philadelphia for Internet2. MAGPI provides high performance physical network infrastructure and support services for research, academic, and healthcare institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Palmer was widely known for being an early supporter and advocate for research and education collaborations both nationally and globally. He was a long-time participant and contributor in the Internet2 community. Palmer’s tremendous passion and enthusiasm carried on with many initiatives and community projects, from arts and humanities to international collaborations and networking, to research support in order to advance new and impactful innovations in research and education.
Palmer was actively involved in planning and was a frequent speaker at many Internet2 member meetings and conferences, served on multiple program committees, advisory groups, and special interest groups. Palmer was also a strong advocate and voice in the community for how high-performance networks and Internet infrastructure could benefit education, learning, research, and arts and sciences.
Palmer was a leader in the creation and distribution of high quality classical music experiences, including pioneering the Philadelphia Orchestra Global Concert Series using state-of-the-art technologies to extend concerts from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia to diverse audiences around the world.
We are saddened to have lost such a caring, passionate, and enthusiastic colleague from the research and education community. He will be deeply missed.