This isn’t something that I normally might write about, but one of the members of the Antispam community – J.D. Falk – recently died of cancer.
If you don’t know who he is, J.D. worked on email, anti-spam systems and policies for more than fifteen years including collaboration with influential companies such as the original Mail Abuse Prevention System, Microsoft, and Yahoo! as well as anti-abuse non-profits such as MAAWG, CAUCE, and the IETF.
I had him on my list of Facebook friends so I knew him a little bit and spoke with him a few times at some industry conferences. There are two specific interactions that I recall about him:
I know that’s not really a lot and the stories don’t go very deep, but I still remember both of them very clearly. I’ve checked out some discussion boards and his memorial pages, and all I can say is that I hope that other people say the same good things about me when I die as they are saying about JD.
JD Falk Memorial
CAUCE page on JD Falk
ReturnPath CEO Matt Blumberg’s article on CircleID
Memorial page on MAAWG