We learned yesterday that Lee Dirks, along with his wife Judy Lew and their driver, were tragically killed in a car accident while on vacation in Peru. As many of you know Lee was Director for Portfolio Strategy in Microsoft Research Connections and a frequent Charleston Conference contributor. He also served as an adviser with the University of Washington’s Information School. Remembrances and memorials are pouring in so we have provide a number of links below.
People have also started posting their condolences on Lee’s Facebook timeline and a web site has been created where additional information about the couple and details of a memorial service will be shared. There is also a section on the site where you may leave your favorite memory. Please visit: http://leeandjudy.wordpress.com/
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.