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A sad note reached me this morning via Patrick Pho of Metblogs, Doug Clifton, who wrote with us there for years, passed away last Tuesday. Doug was an excellent photographer and writer for Metblogs until his departure for the Chronicle of Higher Ed in 2007. He had a quick wit, an infectious laugh, and was always into something in Silver Spring.
He will be missed by all who knew him. His talent for programming, for all things electronic, was significant. We are all poorer for his departure.
I’m working to get in touch with the family, that we might offer something in his memory.
Peace, Doug. We miss you already.
That’s terrible. Doug was a cool guy and will be missed. He was way too young to go.
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This hits me hard. Doug and I weren’t really close but he was a heck of a guy and I always enjoyed his company. His outlook on the world was one I appreciated and looked forward to at our DC Metblogs and WLDC meetups.
We are all richer for having known him.
Never met him, but his stuff on MBDC was what initially interested me in the site and put me on the road to where I am here today. Indeed, Carl’s right – we are much richer for knowing him, even if just through his photos or writing.
I remember him sitting quietly in any number of cavernous bars where we had our author meetups. He’d sit there, not saying anything and drinking his beer, while some of the, uh, strong personalities among us were chattering away. I’d lean over and say, “dude, you okay? don’t want you to feel like we’re ignoring you.” “no, I’m fine. I just don’t say much.” “Okay, well, if you’re happy I’m happy.” “Oh, I’m happy.” “Well, then so am I.”
How very sad this is.
Doug was a quiet man but when he spoke he made it count. I remember any number of times when he’d stand there as a physical part of a conversation, saying nothing for five minutes, then drop one line that would have us roaring with laughter.
He was a good guy, and I hope he realized how well-liked he always was. I think it speaks volumes that although he was a quiet and private guy, I never once felt like he was holding us at arm’s length or being distant. He was open and friendly in his own way and I’ve missed his presence in our lives the last few years.
Doug was one of the semi-regulars in the DCPHP community… he was one of them that tipped me off to BarCampDC in 2007. We walked out of the Firebug session saying “wow” to each other.
He was good guy and it’s sad to lose him.
Damn. He was so cool. What happened?
Wow, this is a shock. Doug and I met several times at the DCPHP events and here at our office. He was really decent. I’m stunned.