This morning, I learned of a death that stung. Dean Jackson, the BrailleNote Product Specialist, passed away suddenly in his home. I'm not seeing the announcement up on
Humanware's web site
but I know it's been posted to the
I knew Dean from beta testing and seeing him on the Humanware lists. He was the guy who usually had to call me if I got myself into a jam during tests. The betas rarely had that happen. But I knew that if something serious did happen, he'd be calling me to help fix it. He often added a touch of humor to what can be a stressful time. Beta testing can be intense, as it should be, to catch bugs and make suggestions. But touches of humor always helped lighten the mood.
I certainly didn't know him as well as Humanware staff, nor did I participate in the BrailleNote discussion list, but it's still a loss that stings.
I really can't write tributes, but may my former class mate, as well as Dean Jackson rest in peace. I'm praying for all those who knew them.