01-05-2016 08:19 AM
I learned from my friends on SAS-L that we recently lost a long-time SAS contributor: Robert M. Hamer. Bob passed away on December 28, 2015.
Bob served the SAS community in many ways. He was the conference chair for SUGI 13 in 1988 -- the conference that we now call SAS Global Forum. He was also a professor of Psychiatry and Biostatistics at UNC - Chapel Hill (one of our local universities near SAS HQ). His name appears in the SAS documentation in many places as "work cited". He also wrote the %INTRACC macro for intraclass correlation, available on the SAS support site.
He was a member of this online community too, but only as a lurker (no contributions, only reading content). While I personally didn't have a lot of interaction with Bob (most of his work with SAS happened before my time), I can tell that long-time SAS users remember him and his contributions fondly. It's a reminder that benefits of the SAS user community extend beyond just technical expertise, but also provide fruitful personal relationships.
Our condolences go out to Dr. Hamer's family and friends.