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Internet2 Mourns the Loss of Community Champion Tom Knab

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 by Ann Doyle
Tags: Arts & Humanities, Community-Driven Innovation, Frontpage News

Late last month, the Internet2 community lost our dear colleague, Tom Knab, whose talents and contributions were as notable as his humor and humility. For all of us who knew Tom, it’s extremely difficult to put into words how much he will be missed—both as a personal friend and as a wonderful advocate and member of the Internet2 community.

Tom Knab Tom Knab, Internet2 community champion – Tom, you will be missed

Tom was the ultimate community champion and undertook activities at Internet2 with passion, grace and always a wonderful attitude. His contributions to Internet2’s arts and humanities initiatives are countless. To name a few, Tom was one of the original inventors of the remote musical master class when he was at Cleveland Institute of Music. He was the mastermind behind the famous Kinetic Shadows multisite dance event between Case Western Reserve University and the Bing Theater on the campus of University of Southern California. As CIO of the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve and vested community member, he helped Internet2 staff with his input on multiple programs and served on Internet2’s Community Engagement Program Advisory Group, representing the interests of the arts and humanities communities using advanced networks across the globe. He chaired Internet2’s IDEA award panel and selection committee—inspiring students on our campuses to refine and present their inventions for peer review and recognition. Tom himself was an IDEA award recipient in 2006 for Interactive Music Education. And he was instrumental in promoting Internet2’s Gender Diversity Initiative, sponsoring female students in the fields of information technology and engineering to take leadership roles on their campuses and in the Internet2 community.  

Tom was a Grammy Award winning audio engineer—brilliant, humble, funny. My fondest first memory of Tom... After dropping me off at my campus hotel at University Circle in Cleveland, I received a knock on my hotel room door and it was the bellhop delivering Tom’s vintage Martin guitar with a little note: “Want you to feel right at home here in Cleveland!”  That is a little window into Tom. He was hard working, playful, full of creativity and adventure, loved his family, loved his work, loved his life. He will be grieved and missed by many and Internet2 will remember him always for his contributions to our community.    

—Ann Doyle, Internet2 Cultural Initiatives, on behalf of Internet2 and the staff that will miss Tom