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"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them." -Henry David Thoreau
Yesterday, Saturday March 4, 2006, Dan Compton was found in his car off the beaten path in Georgia. He was missing for 15 days with no cell phone or financial activity. Finding him confirmed what we all feared.
Working with Dan at Georgia Tech is one of my most memorable experiences. We had Operating System Design and Implementation (CS3210) together. By chance, we were assigned to work in the same group. Most of the time our schedule was to meet at 6pm in the computer lab and we would end up working until 2am or 3am. I gave Dan rides back to his dorm at night so we didn't have to leave the College of Computing building at 3am alone.
Now, I have emails from a friend who can no longer respond. Dan has accounts on my machines he will never log in to again. Perhaps my AIM log sums it up best:
Last Seen Date: 2006-02-17 11:42:07
Last Seen Status: Signing off
Dan was a very intelligent and strong willed person. For a short while, he had an online journal called "Jack Bauer AMAZING!" where he talked about a few topics:
Dan taught me much about problem solving. He introduced me to ways of working I now use every day. In a very real way, he changed my life by showing me how to do things differently.
Dan rode in my car. We watched movies together. We had inside jokes nobody will understand now.
Dan is the reason I have a MIDI keyboard sitting beside me right now. Dan is the reason we did well in our class projects. He was the best of us...
Dan, we loved you. We fucking love you, Dan.