We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smitheman

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We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smitheman

Postby Full_Taoer » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:05 am

SwingOp3 wrote:I am so sorry to report that one of F@H's greatest Champions, Gordon Smitheman, has passed away.

Gordon's Obituary

Rose's Obituary

Original Thread at Maximum PC folding forum

(TL/DR version at the bottom of the post):

We at MaximumPC are still mourning the losses of our teammate, Gordon Smitheman (d. Jan. 25, 2012), and his wife, Rose (d. Nov. 27, 2011.)
For those who did not know him, Gordon spent countless hours drumming up enthusiasm about folding.
He did so not only in our forum, but also visiting other teams to congratulate them on their achievements.
The folding he encouraged out of others far exceeded that which he was capable of himself.

Our representative on the Donor Advisory Board, Michael McCord MD, has proposed a memorial
to Gordon and Rose as Global Ambassadors of the F@H project.
Dr. Vijay Pande has given his full approval.

This memorial is a fund established to purchase a server for Stanford University's Folding@home project.
Donations from US taxpayers will be tax deductible, since Stanford is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
The server, which will have an address similar to gordonandrosesmitheman.stanford.edu, will assign WUs to donors.
We believe Gordon would be pleased we are paying tribute to him with something that benefits all folders.

This is a means for our team to pay respect to someone who gave so much of his self to our team and folding.
We are not asking anyone from other teams to donate, but merely extending the opportunity to those that wish to.
This is ENTIRELY voluntary.

According to Dr. Pande:
Generally, [servers cost] about $10K, but I'm happy to pitch in funds here to bring us
up to that level in case it doesn't get there. The generosity and meaning of
this is important to me too.



Dr. Pande provided details on how to donate to this fund:
As with all donations to FAH, here are a few reminders:

1) They must go through Stanford (please do not send me personal checks, etc).
For credit cards, one could go to this link
https://pgnet.stanford.edu/give/home?mo ... &olc=10266

2) Please designate that this is for the "Folding@Home Computing Project Gift Fund".
If one uses the link above, that should happen automatically (but it never hurts to be clear).

3) If one does the above, the gift should be tax deductible (at least in the US),
since Stanford is a 501c3 non-profit.

Here is the Q+A for giving to Stanford:

http://giving.stanford.edu/get/layout/g ... owCanIGive

REMEMBER to put "Folding@Home Computing Project Gift Fund" on the memo line
or note it online if giving by credit card.


If anyone has further questions, they may contact Dr. McCord at MaximumPC
http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/memberl ... le&u=26849
or Dr. Pande at Stanford University. Please be aware Dr. Pande is dealing with
a family illness at this time and the preference would be to contact Dr. McCord.


TL/DR Version
What: Memorial fund in Gordon & Rose Smitheman's name to purchase a server for Stanford University
Participation: ENTIRELY voluntary
Benefit for you: Tax deductible donation to non-profit organization
Benefit for folding: Another server to assign WUs to F@H donors
Donate by check: Send to Stanford University with "Folding@Home Computing Project Gift Fund" on the memo line
Donate by credit card: https://pgnet.stanford.edu/give/home?mo ... &olc=10266
Stanford Donation FAQ: http://giving.stanford.edu/get/layout/g ... owCanIGive
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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby PantherX » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:12 am

My prays and thoughts go out to his family.

I have stickied this topic for now.
ETA:
Now ↞ Very Soon ↔ Soon ↔ Soon-ish ↔ Not Soon ↠ End Of Time

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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby chriskwarren » Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:38 pm

Donated. With all the money I put into folding rigs, this is the least I can do for this worthy cause.

Thanks FT and Michael McCord for getting this going. Gordon was a great guy, and thanks to Dr Pande for stepping up.
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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby Full_Taoer » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:49 pm

PantherX wrote:My prays and thoughts go out to his family.

I have stickied this topic for now.

Thank you, for both the kind words and the mod support.

And thanks to chriskwarren. This kind of cross-team support is what Gordon tried to encourage. All for one. Fold on!
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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby VijayPande » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:17 pm

PS If you'd like this to go towards the server for Gordon, please also include some notice of that in your donation to Stanford. Thanks to everyone for such a wonderful gesture.
Prof. Vijay Pande, PhD
Departments of Chemistry, Structural Biology, and Computer Science
Chair, Biophysics
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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby jimerickson » Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:02 am

donated. glad to help out.
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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby Jesse_V » Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:18 am

Donated as well. Note about its purpose included as per Dr. Pande's post.
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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby wireedm » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:49 am

Donated as well. gsmitheman miss ya.
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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby *hondo* » Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:02 pm

RIP Gordon :(
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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby k1wi » Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:38 am

The last I heard $33,000 was raised by the community for this, which is clearly more than anyone could have anticipated and fantastic! A fitting contribution.

Does anyone know the addresses the servers were assigned and whether they are being used for WU assignment? I haven't seen it in my clients (most likely never will) but have a desire to give it a quiet 'ping' in my browser.
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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby VijayPande » Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:32 pm

We're waiting on receipt, but it should be soon (the PO went out 2 months ago and it usually takes Stanford about a month to do purchasing of major equipment due to the need for outside quotes and about a month for us to get it). We're really grateful for this and planned to make a major blog post about it once everything is set up.
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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby k1wi » Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:18 pm

Great news - thanks for taking the time to provide an update VJ.
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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby Joe_H » Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:46 am

VijayPande wrote:We're waiting on receipt, but it should be soon (the PO went out 2 months ago and it usually takes Stanford about a month to do purchasing of major equipment due to the need for outside quotes and about a month for us to get it). We're really grateful for this and planned to make a major blog post about it once everything is set up.

Just to note that the blog post Dr. Pande mentioned in this topic is now up, In memory of Gordon T. and Rose Anne Smitheman.
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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby Jesse_V » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:28 am

Joe_H wrote:
VijayPande wrote:We're waiting on receipt, but it should be soon (the PO went out 2 months ago and it usually takes Stanford about a month to do purchasing of major equipment due to the need for outside quotes and about a month for us to get it). We're really grateful for this and planned to make a major blog post about it once everything is set up.

Just to note that the blog post Dr. Pande mentioned in this topic is now up, In memory of Gordon T. and Rose Anne Smitheman.

Moreover, the servers are now on the stats page: http://fah-web.stanford.edu/pybeta/serverstat.html
The hostname also shows up on http://whatismyipaddress.com/ip/171.64.65.156
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Re: We Lost One of F@H's Greatest Champions - Gordon Smithem

Postby k1wi » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:49 am

This is great news - just yesterday I was wondering when we'd get the update :)

Well done to everyone that helped achieve this great tribute.
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