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August 07, 2011

Christopher Doyle, Colleague and Friend, 1982-2011

We at the Foundation Center lost a dear friend and former colleague last week, Christopher Doyle, who died in a bicycle accident near his home in Brooklyn. Regina Mahone remembers Chris in a PhilanTopic post, which you can read in its entirety here. Regina writes of Chris:

[He helped] to redesign or create from scratch various Foundation Center Web pages, blogs [...], and portals, including the 2010 Global Philanthropy Forum annual conference site. Although he eventually moved on to freelance full-time for a number of organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, before settling down at the New School eight months ago, Chris stayed in close contact with his former colleagues, many of whom he frequently bumped into near Union Square Park or in the lobby/elevator at 79 Fifth Avenue. 

I worked with Chris for a few years in the Center's web services department. What I'll remember about Chris, besides the fact that it was good to have a fellow southerner around, is that he was everything you'd want in a work friend: an easygoing manner, intelligence, a sense of humor, an ability to put the day-to-day in its proper perspective.

I was always happy to see him at the occasional happy hour, and thrilled at the lucky coincidence that he ended up working back in the same building once he joined the New School.

As a talented web developer and programmer, Chris helped bring the Foundation Center up to speed with the latest technologies and web practices. But we'll miss him most as a good guy, wry and loyal, friendly and unpretentious. You can't ask for more out of anybody.


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I had also worked with Chris in the web services department here at the Foundation Center, and we had since remained friends. I'm not really sure what to say that hasn't already been said, but Chris was one of the coolest people I'd ever met. He was so sweet, so smart, and so positive. He was a front-end design and production ninja, a talented musician, and I swear he got taller each time I saw him.

It breaks my heart that we lost one of our own. My heart breaks even more for his family. Chris was a peer, a friend, and a role model. We miss you, Chris.

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