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ISOC community mourns the passing of Steve Cisler

23 May 2008 - With deep sadness, the ISOC community marks the passing of Steve Cisler, a popular and pioneering member of the Internet community, who died earlier this month.

Steve Cisler
Steve Cisler

Steve was an experienced librarian who became a Senior Researcher in the library at Apple Computer and led the Apple Library of Tomorrow program. As a supporter of many community networking projects, he was one of the first to lobby for radio spectrum to be allocated to wireless computer networks, which helped lead to the 802.11b standard commonly used today.

His commitment to community was also reflected in the service he gave as a Peace Corps volunteer, a member of the US Coast Guard in Puerto Rico, and of course in his valuable contributions to the Internet Society.

"Steve was a true friend of ISOC from its earliest days," said Lynn St Amour. "He matched his commitment to building a global Internet community with the tremendous energy and spirit he brought to many ISOC activities, especially the great work he did for the global INET meetings."

"At this sad time, all of us here at the Internet Society send our sympathy and wishes to his friends and family."

Friends of Steve have set up a blog for condolences and memories.

The Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University has also published a tribute to Steve on their web site.