It is with extreme sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the loss of our highly respected colleague and friend, and a member of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) family, Doug Nebert, who died in a plane crash in Oregon on May 31, 2014.
A long-time employee, friend, and colleague, Doug's career spanned over 30 years of service with USGS and the FGDC Secretariat. Ever committed to furthering the availability and use of geospatial and mapping technologies to address important issues, Doug was known nationally and internationally for his expertise, technical ability, and dedication to building cooperative relationships, integrated technical solutions, and development of spatial data infrastructures. His role in the geospatial community, both in the US and internationally, was primarily to help others advance their own capabilities. His vast expertise, leadership and eagerness to help others has been critical to our shared success. The effects of Doug's loss will be felt by colleagues and friends around the world.
A number of organizations have established sites and blogs where expressions of sympathy, condolences and stories can be shared.
- Digital Coast Blog (http://csc.noaa.gov/geozone/doug_nebert/)
- Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Blog (http://www.opengeospatial.org/blog/2038)
- Group on Earth Observations (http://www.earthobservations.org/art_201406_doug_nebert.shtml)
Doug's family has expressed that for people who want to express their thoughts, sympathies and condolences to the family, please send these to:
Ms. Dee Nebert and Family
c/o Tyee Lodge
4925 NW Woody Way
Newport, OR 97365
Dates for the Memorial Services to celebrate Doug’s life are currently scheduled for July 5th in Newport Oregon and August 16th at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, Virginia.
The family conveyed that if anyone would like to make a contribution, they wish that donations be sent to two different charities in Doug’s and his granddaughter Zoey Wahl’s honor.
Donations can be made in Zoey’s name to the Teddy Bears for Kids program by clicking here.
In Doug’s name, donations can be made to the Young Eagles program by clicking here.