[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
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.