Princeton has lost a colleague and a cherished friend.
Dan Oberst died early morning November 9 after a year and a half battle with cancer. He worked at Princeton for nearly 20 years, during which time he was a leader in developing the University’s core computing infrastructure. He architected and delivered a set of reliable IT infrastructure services in the face of changing technologies, increasing demands, and growing threats and vulnerabilities. While his job was always challenging, he directed his group with great skill, enthusiasm and good humor. He approached his job, and his life, with insatiable curiosity, always wanting to know how things worked. He cared about the details. And he personified optimism, nowhere more so than in his fight with the disease that took him from us.
Dan’s contributions extended far beyond Princeton. He was a key player in all of the major IT forums, such as Educause and the Common Solutions Group. He contributed to the development of Bitnet (the precursor to the Internet), and, later, the Internet. At Princeton, more than anyone, he was responsible for architecting what is widely regarded as one of the finest University IT infrastructures.
Dan will be remembered as a vibrant, spirited and charming man. He will be missed by all who knew him. His life, and his contributions, will long be remembered. Princeton, Information technology, and all of Higher Education, has lost an important colleague and a cherished friend.
This blog has been established as a way for those who knew and loved Dan to share their memories and to celebrate the life of this very special man. Please feel free to comment or use the link on the right to submit a story.