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In memory of Gordon T. and Rose Anne Smitheman

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<p>Today, we have a guest post by Team MaximumPC. Two new work unit servers

have been funded by the Folding@home (FAH) community in memory of Gordon T. Smitheman

and his wife, Rose Anne.</p>

<p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://folding.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ef157d78834017ee90030f1970d-pi" style="float: left;"><img alt="GordonSmitheman" border="0" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00e54ef157d78834017ee90030f1970d" src="http://folding.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ef157d78834017ee90030f1970d-800wi" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;" title="GordonSmitheman" /></a>Gordon, a dedicated member (username:

<a href="http://fah-web2.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py?qtype=userpage&username=gsmitheman" target="_self">gsmitheman</a>) of Team MaximumPC (#11108), passed away January 25, 2012. His death came just a couple of months after

his beloved Rose passed away on November 27, 2011 after a battle with

pancreatic cancer.</p>

<p>As evidenced by his 17,000 posts in the MaximumPC Folding Forum, Gordon was very

active at promoting the project. It

wasnât just the quantity, but the quality of his posts that made him a revered

teammate. His calling card was recognizing

others: welcoming new folders, celebrating personal and team milestones,

coordinating contests with prizes of hardware donated by him and others, and

other posts that encouraged active participation in the forum. He also visited other teamsâ forums to extend

greetings and recognize their milestones.</p>

<p>

<a class="asset-img-link" href="http://folding.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ef157d78834017d418c591f970c-pi" style="float: right;"><img alt="RoseSmitheman" border="0" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00e54ef157d78834017d418c591f970c" src="http://folding.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ef157d78834017d418c591f970c-800wi" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="RoseSmitheman" /></a>The impact of losing

such a valuable teammate and genuinely kind-hearted person was hard to put into

words, but many did their best in a forum thread titled â<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=133617" target="_self">We Lost One of F@H's

Greatest Champions - Gordon Smitheman</a>.â</p>

<p>Teammate and FAH beta tester Michael âDocâ McCord, MD

proposed a server purchase as a tribute to the tireless dedication Gordon

demonstrated in promoting folding. The generosity of donors, representing

numerous teams throughout the world, resulted in the funds to purchase not one,

but two servers for the project.</p>

<p>Gordon

greatly valued his family. It was one of

the few things that took precedence over folding. But, his family was very supportive of his FAH

activities. It was for that reason

naming the second server after Gordonâs wife, Rose, was a natural choice.</p>

<p>Many

thanks to Dr. Pande, Dr. McCord, Team MaximumPC, and everyone who donated funds

that made this commemoration possible. Fold

On!</p>

 

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