I first met Dewitt when I was at Stanford participating in the opening of Apple's new NY store as part of the CIO Executive Council. He was standing next to me at Mac World and his phone ran out of power while he was negotiating his new job at Notre Dame working with Gordon Wishon. I was kind of listening in while we were waiting so I handed him my phone. He was a little nervous and first refused but when he couldn't get his phone working, he took me up on my offer. He got the job.
We ended up hanging out a bit and I was able to talk with him. His perspective was unique and interesting. His hopes were high. He was someone who I could always trust to give me a clear assessment of an idea or plan. We didn't always agree but I respected his opinion. We continued those conversations on Skype and when possible in person for years.
While attending the Concero CIO meeting in Florida, he seemed happier than I have ever seen him. He had embraced his CIO roll at Montana and seemed to be absorbing and reflecting the Big Sky culture. While he was there, I remember that he was busy on the phone working with his group on some big project. When I heard about the motorcycle accident...I was silenced. It just didn't make sense. It still doesn't.
He was special person who touched people in ways even he didn't know. You can see that reflected in the comments like mine you see here, in emails, and from those who were lucky enough to call him friend. He will be missed in ways we will never know.
Best wishes and sincere condolences to his family.
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