[Owasp-leaders] [Owasp-board] Sad News

Kevin W. Wall kevin.w.wall at gmail.com
Tue May 3 19:45:28 UTC 2016

Very sorry to hear about Paul. He will be missed.

It would be nice to have his family be made aware of everyone's thoughts
and prayers. Would it be okay for me (or you) to create an OWASP wiki
tribute page to Paul that OWASPers could update with their condolences and
that we could then share with Paul's family by sending them the URL? I
think that would be a lot better (and more lasting) than everyone just
sharing amongst ourselves in this email thread. I'm not sure if we need a
board vote on that or not, but I think it would be a fitting gesture. Or
given massive updates, maybe use Google Drive instead.

Sent from my Droid; please excuse typos.
On May 3, 2016 7:42 AM, "Matt Konda" <matt.konda at owasp.org> wrote:

> OWASP Community
> May 3, 2016
> Dear Friends,
> It is with great sorrow that I must write to report the sad news of the
> death of our Executive Director, Paul Ritchie, after a short illness.
> Paul first joined OWASP in August of 2014 and became the full time
> Executive Director in May 2015.  He has helped the organization to grow
> globally and has made an enormous difference in our community.  He will be
> greatly missed.  He brought order and professionalism.  He raised our own
> high expectations and delivered on the things he set out to do.  He made
> all of us that worked closely with him better and more effective.  He
> helped to set long term strategic goals and managed OWASP’s fiduciary
> responsibilities with ease.
> On behalf of the Board of Directors, we will miss Paul for his leadership
> and friendly wry knowing smile as the board worked to make difficult
> choices.  I doubt I can express my own sinking feeling of grief at the
> news, which came suddenly and too early.
> Paul’s family asked that we direct those in the community that would like
> to show support or make a donation to do so in Paul Ritchie’s name to the
> Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at https://www.themmrf.org.
> <https://www.themmrf.org/donate-to-mmrf/>
> Sincerely,
> Matt Konda
> On behalf of the OWASP Global Board
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