Saturday, July 7, 2007

CSP's official statement on Gerry

I received an e-mail this morning from Jay Pefianco, an active member of the Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP), suggesting to me that the CSP should release a statement on Gerry on behalf of the CSP. What I did was to combine the draft statement I made with that of Jimmy's.

Below is the CSP statement of condolence to be sent to Gerry's family in Australia:

 Statement of the Computing Society of the Philippines on Dr. Gerardo Trinidad

On behalf of the Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP), we would like to express our condolences to the family of Dr. Gerardo S. Trinidad.

Gerry (as we fondly call Dr. Trinidad) has made a great contribution not only to the Computing Society of the Philippines but also to the information and communications technology (ICT) community in general.

He was a founding member of the Computing Society of the Philippines and was one of the members of CSP’s Board of Trustees. He produced the first CSP newsletter and became an associate editor of the Philippine Computing Journal (PCJ), the official publication of the CSP.

Gerry was very generous with his time and talents. He readily agreed to referee articles and papers for the PCJ and the Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC), the annual convention of the CSP.

Although based in Melbourne, Australia, Gerry shared his research expertise to Filipino computer science students and academics. He was the Ph.D. thesis adviser of Dr. Caslon Chua, dean of the College of Computer Studies of De La Salle University and Vice-President of the CSP.

Gerry certainly contributed substantially to our efforts in developing computer science education and research in the Philippines. His dedication and commitment to CSP and our cause is something we will never forget. Because of his place in CSP and the Philippine computing community, as well as being one of our foremost, or maybe our foremost supporter in the international community, he will be very difficult to replace.

We mourn the loss of our colleague, Dr. Gerardo Trinidad, and we pray for his everlasting peace.




7 July 2007

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