Re: Henry Story

+1, we lost a constant, and it's likely Henry would have soon surprised us
with something novel, to lend his name in an award for something
innovative, feels fitting.

On Fri, 8 Sep 2023, 22:36 Harry Halpin, <> wrote:

>  Very sad news - he was a great visionary, even if we disagreed on details
> of public keys. A scholarship or award at next ISWC in his name would be
> fitting.
>    Yours,
>       Harry
> On Fri, Sep 8, 2023 at 11:08 PM, Paula Gearon <> wrote:
>> Having known Henry online for several years, I finally shared lunch and
>> coffee with him at SemTech in San Jose in about 2007, and several times
>> since. I have not seen him in person for several years, but he has been a
>> constant online presence - one I will deeply miss.
>> Paula
>> On Fri, Sep 8, 2023 at 9:57 AM Sarven Capadisli <> wrote:
>>> It is with great sadness that I must inform everyone that we have lost
>>> our dear friend and colleague Henry Story (
>>> ) earlier this week.
>>> This is incredibly hard for me to write. I am deeply saddened by his
>>> friends' and family's loss, as well as personally, and for several
>>> communities he has been part of for so many years. My deepest
>>> condolences, and those of members of the community who knew him and
>>> admired him, go out to his family.
>>> If memory serves me well, Henry and I were acquainted in 2008, but met
>>> online in 2010, when we discussed FOAF+SSL / WebID, social web,
>>> decentralisation, and everything in between. And, of course, with Henry,
>>> if one is willing, there is always a healthy dose of discussion on
>>> philosophical and mathematical underpinnings of a lot of such topics,
>>> and how it all came together.
>>> Over the years, Henry provided me with all the context to undoubtedly
>>> interconnected ideas in technology and philosophy I ever needed.
>>> I had the privilege of having him visit my place in Bern. He was kind
>>> enough to eat my overly spicy food and drink wine to compensate the
>>> taste. It was a joy to talk about life stuff and tech in my balcony.
>>> Henry has impacted and influenced me in different ways over the years.
>>> His perseverance to get to the bottom of a problem is unmatched.
>>> Whenever I felt frustrated in open standards development, Henry reminded
>>> that standards are like wine: some will age well, and others spoil. He
>>> encouraged me to be patient, assuring me that things will work out in
>>> due time.
>>> He took the time to research and develop, and meet open challenges by
>>> approaching from multiple disciplines to solidify the ideas is
>>> inspiring, and has been instrumental, to say the least, for the
>>> communities he has been part of. One doesn't have to look far to come
>>> across Henry's footprints. Quite literally the father of many works and
>>> projects.
>>>  From my perspective, he generally came across like the underdog in
>>> whatever he was doing. Humble and aiming for the stars. He took time to
>>> carefully listen what others had to say and was generous with his
>>> knowledge and time, and kind.
>>> Henry, I admire you immensely. Words will never suffice.
>>> I'd like to invite everyone to reflect and honour his memory. Carry on
>>> with his work. A moment of silence will be observed at W3C TPAC to
>>> remember Henry and his impact on our community.
>>> -Sarven

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