Terribly Sad News: Lee Dirks and wife Judy Lew Killed in Car Accident

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.

Remembering Lee Dirks

Very Sad News: The Tragic Death of Microsoft’s Lee Dirks

RIP my friend – Lee Dirks

Lee Dirks, UW iSchool founding board member and advisor, dies in fatal car crash in Peru

Accident claims the life of SILS alumnus and Board of Visitor member, Lee Dirks and his wife Judy

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/

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One thought on “Terribly Sad News: Lee Dirks and wife Judy Lew Killed in Car Accident

  1. It is with great sadness that we learned about the tragic deaths of Lee Dirks of Microsoft Research, and his wife Judy, who died in a car accident in Peru at the end of August.
    The loss of Lee means the loss of a strong and committed voice in the scholarly communications arena. A pertinent commentator on the upcoming challenges faced by libraries and repositories; Lee was also an early supporter of COAR and contributed substantially to the international network.
    We have lost a great person and a wonderful and enthousiastic friend and colleague.
    The COAR offers its deepest sympathies to the Dirks family. We will miss him.