It is with profound sadness that I learnt of the untimely demise of my friend Chris Loosely few weeks back. He was 67 years old.
Chris and I worked at IBM during the decade of the 1980s and early 1990s at IBM’s Santa Teresa Lab (now called Silicon Valley Lab). I was part of the DB2 planning, technology, and strategy team while Chris always worked in the performance group. He had moved to the US from England where he started his IBM career during the 1970s. I had moved from Canada where I also started at IBM Canada in 1974.
Chris was not only excellent in his professional career, he was a wonderful human being. Always kind and joyful, he exuded positive energy. We shared many moments discussing technical aspects of DB2 and he was a master of technology behind scalability and high performance. We spoke at many events around the world during those years.
Chris left IBM and worked at Keynote systems, again focusing on website performance measurement and tuning issues. Subsequently he came back to IBM through an acquisition just couple of years back. He was slim, handsome, and a runner.
Late in 2010, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. After several months of varieties of treatment, he succumbed to that dreadful disease and left his mortal body.
This brief life we all have is so mysterious! What stands out is the fragrance of love and kindness one leaves behind. Someone said – when we are born, we cry while others laugh and when we leave, we smile while others cry. What matters is the legacy one leaves behind.
Chris, my salutations to you for being such a great friend, colleague, and wonderful human being.