It is my very sad duty to share with you the tragic news that our beloved friend and colleague, Efthimis Efthimiadis passed away on Wednesday evening.
As you all know, he has been battling a cruel illness with great courage; never losing his sense of optimism and fun. Efthi's wife Jagoda contacted me this morning to share this sad news. I was able to convey the sympathies of our entire community to her. She let me know that she is working on arrangements for a memorial service tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 7th. I will convey to you the details of this service when they are available. I know that all your thoughts and prayers will be directed to Jagoda and Nicholas.
When I came to Seattle twelve years ago, the first invitation that my family received was to a dinner at Efthi's house. He was a warm, loving, cheerful soul. We will miss him greatly.
Dean and Professor
The Information School
University of Washington
Efthimis N. Efthimiadis holds the Ph.D. in Information Science from City University (London, UK, 1992). He is an Associate Professor in the Information School of the University of Washington. From 1999-2003 he headed the development of the Masters of Information Management (MSIM) program and also served as MSIM program Chair. Between 1991 and 1996 he was a faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Professor Efthimiadis teaches in the areas of information retrieval, database design, and web search, and conducts research on user-centered design and evaluation of information retrieval systems.
Efthimis joined ASIST as a student member while in London in 1985 and since then has served the Society in numerous ways. Efthimis has served as member of the Information Science Teacher of the Year Award Jury, the Pratt-Severn Best Student Paper Award Jury, the ISI Information Science Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship Jury, the Book of the Year Award Committee, the Research Committee; and the 2003 Annual Meeting Program Committee.
He has been actively involved in many SIGs and has held offices in SIG/CR (Classification Research) as Treasurer (1993-95), Chair-Elect (1995-96 and 1999-00), Chair (1996-97 and 2000-01); and SIG Cabinet Representative (1997-98 and 2001-02). Efthimis organized and chaired the 8th and 12th SIG/CR workshops, edited the Advances in Classification Research, and received the ASIS SIG Publication-of-the-Year Award in 1998.
Efthimis has been the Faculty Advisor for the ASIST Student Chapter at the University of Washington since 1997, and was the Faculty Advisor for the ASIST Student Chapter at UCLA from 1992-96. The UCLA chapter received the “Best Student Chapter of the Year” award in1995 and the UW chapter in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
Efthimis has made contributions to other societies, including the ACM SIG Information Retrieval for which he was the Conference Chair in the very successful SIGIR 2007 conference in Seattle, WA.
(Website available at http://webserv.ischool.uw.edu/directory/faculty/detail.aspx?id=3117)