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I’ve attempted to post a note here several times today, but couldn’t get past the first few words.  There just aren’t words to describe how sad this day is.  Dewitt was my deputy at Notre Dame, but a friend long before that. It’s impossible to understand why things like this happen to such good people, to such a good husband and father.  He touched many lives here on this list, in Montana, and in South Bend – we’ll all miss his humor, his skill, and his compassion.  He always put others first, especially those who worked for him. 

 

Please keep his family in your prayers.

 

Gordon

 

Gordon D. Wishon

Chief Information Officer

Arizona State University

 

 

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Someone should collect all of these well wishes and remembrances and print them for his wife and children. I would imagine the collective good will of a community that was such a part of his life would be something for them to cherish.

Speaking as someone who lost a parent not too long ago, I know they would also appreciate any personal stories funny or touching that would help memorialize their husband and father. So much of our lives is spent away from those family members that they may not know what an impact we have on those at our institutions and in our profession.

I only knew Dewitt through stories and mutual acquaintances, but I knew that he had a great sense of humor and duty to the world of higher education. May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort.

Best, Robert


I did not know Dewitt, but had heard many great stories about him.  Clearly, he was one of a kind and his loss will be felt for a long time to come.

I do want to second the suggestion that Robert Howard made about having someone collect all of the messages.  A year ago we lost a colleague, Karen, here at Michigan.  There was a outpouring of remembrances through email.  One person printed them and put them into a book for Karen's family.  The family was sincerely grateful to learn more about Karen's impact on the University and the respect and love she had earned from many in her profession.  Her family told us they were comforted by the gift.

Laura

Laura McCain Patterson
CIO and Associate Vice President
University of Michigan
734-763-7109


Deepest condolences to Dewitt's family. I can still clearly remember conversations with Dewitt in the years he was at Notre Dame, then keeping up with his new adventures. His depth of knowledge and experience, and as many have noted, his willingness to share, truly makes him stand out in our hearts and minds forever. On 5/6/2013 8:54 AM, Theresa Rowe wrote: > Marty Ringle and I are very sorry to share that our colleague Dewitt > Latimer was killed in a motorcycle accident. > > http://www.kpax.com/news/msu-chief-information-officer-killed-in-motorcy... > > > We will remember Dewitt as a friend who was always ready to share his > deep technical knowledge, whether in a formal presentation or over a > drink as friends at the end of a long conference day. Our condolences > to his wife, children, and sister, who was kind enough to reach out > during this time of shock and sorrow. He will be missed. > > > -- > Theresa Rowe > Chief Information Officer > Oakland University > > ********** Participation and subscription information for this > EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at > http://www.educause.edu/groups/. > ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
Dewitt is a very dear friend.  I will collect all the sentiment that were shared on the CIO list as well as the ones posted on the Frye list and will make sure that his wife Kim gets them so that she and their children see the impact he had while he was away from them.

…Justin
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Justin Sipher
Vice President of Libraries & Information Technology
St. Lawrence University

twitter.com/justinsipher

From: Laura Patterson <lmpatter@UMICH.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Monday, May 6, 2013 10:42 PM
To: "CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [CIO] Sad News

I did not know Dewitt, but had heard many great stories about him.  Clearly, he was one of a kind and his loss will be felt for a long time to come.

I do want to second the suggestion that Robert Howard made about having someone collect all of the messages.  A year ago we lost a colleague, Karen, here at Michigan.  There was a outpouring of remembrances through email.  One person printed them and put them into a book for Karen's family.  The family was sincerely grateful to learn more about Karen's impact on the University and the respect and love she had earned from many in her profession.  Her family told us they were comforted by the gift.

Laura

Laura McCain Patterson
CIO and Associate Vice President
University of Michigan
734-763-7109


There is little positive to say about a loss like this, except to point out the obvious….The caring, we in this field, have for one another.

 

We see this outpouring of support whether it is a death, a flood or a hurricane. I don’t know of any other professional group that shares this level of professional and personal empathy for one another. It may exist elsewhere….but I am continually moved by our response to tragic events. Thanks to each of you.

 

Dr. Robert Paterson

Vice President – Information Technology, Planning and Research

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

 

From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Justin Sipher
Sent: Tuesday, May 07, 2013 7:00 AM
To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [CIO] Sad News

 

Dewitt is a very dear friend.  I will collect all the sentiment that were shared on the CIO list as well as the ones posted on the Frye list and will make sure that his wife Kim gets them so that she and their children see the impact he had while he was away from them.

 

…Justin

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Justin Sipher

Vice President of Libraries & Information Technology

St. Lawrence University

 

twitter.com/justinsipher

 

From: Laura Patterson <lmpatter@UMICH.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Monday, May 6, 2013 10:42 PM
To: "CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [CIO] Sad News

 

I did not know Dewitt, but had heard many great stories about him.  Clearly, he was one of a kind and his loss will be felt for a long time to come.

 

I do want to second the suggestion that Robert Howard made about having someone collect all of the messages.  A year ago we lost a colleague, Karen, here at Michigan.  There was a outpouring of remembrances through email.  One person printed them and put them into a book for Karen's family.  The family was sincerely grateful to learn more about Karen's impact on the University and the respect and love she had earned from many in her profession.  Her family told us they were comforted by the gift.

 

Laura


Laura McCain Patterson

CIO and Associate Vice President

University of Michigan

734-763-7109

 

Reading all of these stories has me grieving for someone I’ve never met. Being new to this group, I must say it makes me proud to be a member of such a caring, close circle.

 

My condolences to the Latimer family and all of Dewitt’s higher ed family that is mourning such a loss.

 

 

Paige Francis

Chief Information Officer

Fairfield University

1073 N. Benson Rd.

Fairfield, CT  06824

203-254-4059

 

 

I had followed Dewitt's career and read his postings and articles with interest.  Dewitt had just volunteered to serve on my advisory board and I was looking forward to working with him. My condolences to his family and friends.

Wayne
 

Wayne Brown, Ph.D.





From:        Theresa Rowe <rowe@OAKLAND.EDU>
To:        CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU,
Date:        05/06/2013 02:54 PM
Subject:        [CIO] Sad News
Sent by:        The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>



Marty Ringle and I are very sorry to share that our colleague Dewitt Latimer was killed in a motorcycle accident. 

http://www.kpax.com/news/msu-chief-information-officer-killed-in-motorcycle-crash/

We will remember Dewitt as a friend who was always ready to share his deep technical knowledge, whether in a formal presentation or over a drink as friends at the end of a long conference day. Our condolences to his wife, children, and sister, who was kind enough to reach out during this time of shock and sorrow. He will be missed. 


--
Theresa Rowe
Chief Information Officer
Oakland University
 
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Thanks for stepping forward Justin to collect these memories of Dewitt's impact on the higher education community for his family.  I have known Dewitt for a long time -- always called him "Dewey" :).  After just spending time with him in San Diego,  it is shocking to hear he has passed on.  He would always answer a benchmarking call request and we have known each other since the "telecom and networking boom days" on University campuses.  Dewey was always on the cutting edge of innovation -- direct and refreshingly candid -- and brilliant with his insights.  He was one if those fun and engaging trail blazers that higher ed develops -- and comes along only once in a great while. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family on their tremendous loss.

D.

David E. Lewis
Vice President 
Chief Information Officer
University of Rochester


On May 7, 2013, at 7:10 AM, "Justin Sipher" <jsipher@STLAWU.EDU> wrote:

Dewitt is a very dear friend.  I will collect all the sentiment that were shared on the CIO list as well as the ones posted on the Frye list and will make sure that his wife Kim gets them so that she and their children see the impact he had while he was away from them.

…Justin
--------
Justin Sipher
Vice President of Libraries & Information Technology
St. Lawrence University


From: Laura Patterson <lmpatter@UMICH.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Monday, May 6, 2013 10:42 PM
To: "CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [CIO] Sad News

I did not know Dewitt, but had heard many great stories about him.  Clearly, he was one of a kind and his loss will be felt for a long time to come.

I do want to second the suggestion that Robert Howard made about having someone collect all of the messages.  A year ago we lost a colleague, Karen, here at Michigan.  There was a outpouring of remembrances through email.  One person printed them and put them into a book for Karen's family.  The family was sincerely grateful to learn more about Karen's impact on the University and the respect and love she had earned from many in her profession.  Her family told us they were comforted by the gift.

Laura

Laura McCain Patterson
CIO and Associate Vice President
University of Michigan
734-763-7109


I just met Dewitt last week in San Diego.  Only knowing him from his postings, I happened to sit down next to him and we introduced each other.  Upon hearing his name, I mentioned that I recognized the name from the CIO list.  With the same thread of humor that he used in his postings, he replied that “with a name like Dewitt, you are going to be memorable”. 

 

After many years of knowing Dewitt from his insightful comments and his email signature, -d, It was my honor and pleasure to have met Dewitt in person.

 

God bless Dewitt and his family… may he rest in peace.

 

Kev

 

Kevin Palmer

CIO – Columbia College

 

Marty Ringle and I are very sorry to share that our colleague Dewitt Latimer was killed in a motorcycle accident. 

http://www.kpax.com/news/msu-chief-information-officer-killed-in-motorcycle-crash/

We will remember Dewitt as a friend who was always ready to share his deep technical knowledge, whether in a formal presentation or over a drink as friends at the end of a long conference day. Our condolences to his wife, children, and sister, who was kind enough to reach out during this time of shock and sorrow. He will be missed. 


--
Theresa Rowe
Chief Information Officer
Oakland University
 
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Message from jj014747@pomona.edu

Having had the privilege of working with Dewitt, if only for a little time, I think our community has taken a loss and I echo my condolences to his family.


Julianne Journitz
Director, Client Services
Information Technology Services
Pomona College
Claremont, California


From: Theresa Rowe <rowe@OAKLAND.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 14:54:18 -0400
To: <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: [CIO] Sad News

Marty Ringle and I are very sorry to share that our colleague Dewitt Latimer was killed in a motorcycle accident. 

http://www.kpax.com/news/msu-chief-information-officer-killed-in-motorcycle-crash/

We will remember Dewitt as a friend who was always ready to share his deep technical knowledge, whether in a formal presentation or over a drink as friends at the end of a long conference day. Our condolences to his wife, children, and sister, who was kind enough to reach out during this time of shock and sorrow. He will be missed. 


--
Theresa Rowe
Chief Information Officer
Oakland University
 
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Thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones.

Best,

Jonathan See
Chief Information Officer
Pepperdine University
310.506.6256

@SeeJonathan

Message from jmorales@purduecal.edu

I had the opportunity of working with Dewitt while he was at ND.  A great loss and I also echo my condolences to his family.

 

 

 

Joe Morales

Director of Technological Infrastructure Services

219.989.2356

jmorales@purduecal.edu

 

 

      http://webs.purduecal.edu/mccc/

 

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.  He always contributed so much to the discussions which I know helped me see things more clearly.  RIP.

 
Deborah Ludford
District Director, Information Services
North Orange County Community College District
Office: (714) 808-4866
Fax: (714) 808-4845
 
CISOA President

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>>> Theresa Rowe <rowe@OAKLAND.EDU> 5/6/2013 11:54 AM >>>
Marty Ringle and I are very sorry to share that our colleague Dewitt Latimer was killed in a motorcycle accident.

http://www.kpax.com/news/msu-chief-information-officer-killed-in-motorcycle-crash/

We will remember Dewitt as a friend who was always ready to share his deep technical knowledge, whether in a formal presentation or over a drink as friends at the end of a long conference day. Our condolences to his wife, children, and sister, who was kind enough to reach out during this time of shock and sorrow. He will be missed.


--
Theresa Rowe
Chief Information Officer
Oakland University

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This is absolutely devastating news.  He was with some of us just last week in a meeting.  He was an incredible leader always ready to share ideas.  He will be absolutely missed.  Life is too short and unpredictable.  Our thoughts and prayers with his family.

 

Ravi

 

Ravi Pendse Ph.D.

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Executive Director, Advanced Networking Research Institute

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Wichita State Cisco Fellow

Senior NIAR Fellow

Wichita State University

ravi.pendse@wichita.edu

316-978-4878

 

How terrible!  I knew and respected Dewitt.  He will be sorely missed in this community and many others.

Brian Miller
V.P. Information Technology Services & CIO
Davenport University
6191 Kraft Ave. SE / Broadmoor Suite 270
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
p. 616.732.1195 | c. 616-821-2618
brian.miller@davenport.edu

Follow us on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DavenportU
Rate my Customer Service: http://great.davenport.edu/


I am very sorry to hear of DeWitt's death.  I came to know him at the Frye Institute in 2001, and he certainly earned both respect and affection from all of us who had a chance to work with him.  If you didn't get that opportunity, trust me, you would be saddened by this news.  He'll be missed. 

David
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Macalester College      /      1600 Grand Avenue      /       Saint Paul, Minnesota  55105-1899
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I am shocked and greatly saddened to hear this.  

John





Montana has just posted this memorial web site:

 http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=11943


Condolences, not only to his wife and family, but to all who knew him, worked with him, or benefited from his leadership and insight. Our community is better for his having been a part of it, and his legacy will continue even in spite of our tremendous sense of loss. Mike -- J. Michael Yohe Executive Director of Electronic Information Services, Retired Valparaiso University E-mail: Mike Yohe@valpo.edu Postal Address, Phone: Send e-mail request for information -- On Mon, 6 May 2013, Theresa Rowe wrote: > Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 14:54:18 -0400 > From: Theresa Rowe > Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv > > To: CIO@listserv.educause.edu > Subject: [CIO] Sad News > > Marty Ringle and I are very sorry to share that our colleague Dewitt > Latimer was killed in a motorcycle accident. > > http://www.kpax.com/news/msu-chief-information-officer-killed-in-motorcy... > > We will remember Dewitt as a friend who was always ready to share his deep > technical knowledge, whether in a formal presentation or over a drink as > friends at the end of a long conference day. Our condolences to his wife, > children, and sister, who was kind enough to reach out during this time of > shock and sorrow. He will be missed. > > > -- > Theresa Rowe > Chief Information Officer > Oakland University > > ********** > Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/. > > ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
On behalf of the IT division here at Wiley College, we share our condolences. Rest in peace, colleague! Nathaniel E. Hewitt, III Vice President for Information Systems and Technology Wiley College 711 Wiley Avenue Marshall, Texas 75670 903-923-2404 (office) 903-263-9630 (cell) 903-927-2672 (fax) nhewitt@wileyc.edu Visit us on the web at www.wileyc.edu Wiley College: Home of The Great Debaters

Some of the most lively conversations that I’ve had with anyone were with Dewitt… What a loss… His family was still in South Bend - he was commuting back and forth to Montana…..

 

I remember being at an Educause conference and I was embroiled in a very lively “discussion” about something with a few friends. Dewitt was walking by and I called over to him and said, “Hey, Dewitt, I was wondering if you have an opinion about….. oh heck, you have an opinion about everything! Come on over and join in!” And the discussion get so much better….

 

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When we meet at EDUCAUSE next fall, we need to lift a glass in his honor.

 

Dr. Robert Paterson

Vice President – Information Technology, Planning and Research

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

 

From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Theresa Rowe
Sent: Monday, May 06, 2013 3:36 PM
To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [CIO] Sad News

 

Montana has just posted this memorial web site:

 http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=11943

 

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