It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that our friend
and colleague Dani Megert passed away last Friday evening. Dani's
death was not related to COVID-19.
Dani had been involved with the Eclipse community before it was
even called Eclipse. He was one of the original Object Technology
International team that created what became known as the Eclipse
IDE. After OTI became part of IBM he stayed with the project with
ever-increasing responsibilities: leader of JDT and Platform Text
projects, Eclipse Platform Lead, Eclipse PMC member, and JDT
project leader. More recently he stepped up his involvement with
the Eclipse Foundation's governance and has been an elected member
of the Board since 2016, representing our committers. Dani was a
tireless advocate for our projects and committers in our Board
discussions. Within IBM he was a leader, a manager, but most
importantly a mentor, to the Eclipse IDE development team.
In recognition of Dani's commitment to the Eclipse community, he
was awarded the Eclipse Lifetime Award in 2016.
It is impossible to over-state the contributions that Dani made
to the Eclipse IDE platform and its community. Millions of
developers around the world have benefited from his work. He will
be deeply missed by all who knew him.
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