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Death of Lloyd Clarke

Lloyd Clarke of ILOG, who most of us in the linear/integer programming community knew, was killed last week in a bicycling accident. From the ILOG announcement:

Lloyd was an active member of the INFORMS community, serving on the advisory council for several INFORMS Practice meetings, and as the industry liaison and practitioner program chair for several INFORMS general meetings. He was known among his friends and colleagues for his kindness, his devotion to both work and family, his sense of humor, his seemingly boundless enthusiasm for whatever task he undertook, and his infectious sense of optimism. In addition to enjoying photography, Lloyd was an avid bicyclist, typically biking more than 150 miles per week. The one small comfort we can take is that he died doing something he loved.

ILOG has put together a fund in his memory. His local paper has a short article on Lloyd and the accident.

I have a son a little younger than Lloyd’s daughter: stories like this remind me to give him a hug every day before I leave.

Update November 10.  Be sure to read the comments for a response to the news reports about the fault of the accident.

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  1. Sarah Root | October 2, 2007 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    Thank you for letting us know. I had not heard this; it is surprising and so tragically sad. Lloyd was a really nice guy who will definitely be missed.

  2. Victoria Chen | November 9, 2007 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mike,

    I would like to post a correction to the article on Lloyd Clarke’s death. Please see:

    http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/13637.0.html

    Lloyd was not at fault in this accident, although the police and the papers took great pains to blame him. His wife and daughter were recently able to clear his good name.

    Regards,
    Victoria Chen, Ph.D.
    Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering
    University of Texas at Arlington