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[802.3_DIALOG] Hugh Barrass

Dear group members,

I haven't been active in IEEE 802.3 for a while, but a friend forwarded the sad news about Hugh to me, and I felt like sharing a few thoughts.

I first met Hugh when I started attending .3 meetings in 2001, soon after the start of the EFM project, and worked together with him throughout that project. Recognizing and respecting the fact that I had joined the group with limited prior experience in standardization projects in general and with no history in IEEE 802, Hugh was always generous with his advice and insights, both on technical and non-technical matters.

As I got more familiar with the way things were done in .3, Hugh became a valuable sparring partner. While we were initially on opposite sides of the argument regarding one of the most important technical choices to be made in the EFM project, we always managed to cooperate in a constructive manner, in the interest of moving the project forward. While he was passionate about the points he argued, Hugh was also often the one to lighten the mood in the room with his sense of humor. When the task force had to close ranks and adopt one solution, Hugh was the first one to rise to the occasion.

I will remember Hugh as a valuable technical expert, and as a man with a passion for his projects and with respect and kindness towards his fellow group members. It was a pleasure and an honor to work with Hugh, and he will be missed.

Michael Beck