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It is with great regret we report that our friend and colleague, Dennis Bodson, passed away on 1 July 2016. Dennis, who was 76, was a very active volunteer who first joined the Executive in 1997 as VP—Mobile Radio. He was a feature of VTS for 20 years, serving as Executive VP, President, VP—Conferences, and as Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws committee, VTS parliamentarian. This past May, he travelled to Nanjing for VTC2016-Spring, having recently been reappointed VTS Standards Chair.
Dennis was that most valuable resource in a volunteer-driven organisation—someone to whom you could give any problem and be confident it would be solved. He took responsibility for a number of major projects within the Society, including a Society review, two VTS books, and an upgrade of the website. He was working on an additional website project at the time of his death. While not afraid to speak his mind (usually with a very pertinent point that changed the argument), there was no nicer man to work with. A striking point of the memories shared by Board members over the past few days was the common theme of his courtesy—Dennis was always looking out for people and seeking to help.
Last year, Dennis was awarded the Stu Meyer Memorial Award for those 'who have both served their Society and also have contributed to the development of technology and science in an outstanding manner'. There was no more worthy candidate than Dennis. He will be missed.