Farewall, Jim Bound!

I’d like to dedicate this post to a great colleague and better friend who I’ve known going on 8 years now. Jim Bound was an HP Senior Fellow (only 4 such people in that huge company), a tremendous advocate for IPv6 (he was CTO of the IPv6 Forum and Chairman of the North American IPv6 Task Force, among many other fora he was personally involved with) and the “greater good”. What I mean by the “greater good” is that Jim’s passion was in serving whatever the needs of our Marines/soldiers, public safety officials, and emergency responders throughout the world. He believed in his heart that through the novel use of technology some of us could actually create systems that would make these people’s jobs and lives a bit better and safer. Back in 2006 we collectively published a paper with a small team of industry subject matter experts with this express mission in mind (see the Navel Post Graduate School site for document).

Jim himself was a former Army vet from the Vietnam War era. I am a former Marine. As you can imagine, when two very blunt and straightforward guys get in a room, there is bound to be some friction and “excitement” in the conversation. I’ve had some of the most heated discussions of my career with Jim Bound. But ultimately they were the most fulfilling as anytime one’s passion is applied to what we do in our daily grind, it makes it that much more pallatable if not downright satisfying.

Jim, many of us who have had the pleasure of knowing you and interacting with you on the many projects for public safety, Always Connected, US Northern Command, or the “intricacies” of office politics at HP will miss you tremendously! The world is a lesser place without Jim’s character and honest, sincere personality in it.

Farewell and now you can rest, my friend!

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2 comments on “Farewall, Jim Bound!

  1. Ozzie,Well said. I knew Jim for almost 20 years and watched him develop impressively over that period. His intellectual honesty and broad technical knowledge were a continual challenge to my settled conclusions, in a constructive, healthy way. Once he accepted a line of reasoning and conclusions, he would advocate for it vigorously, and provide visibility for the idea and its authors. His willingness to tilt at windmills, without fear of the difficulty in making directional changes in very large organizations was impressive. And, it resulted in major technology changes at the IETF, DoD, US Government and HP.As you say, he was an advocate for the “greater good” – this shone through the lines of vigorous argument, and helped get us all on board for his crusades.I’ll miss his passion, his insights and his friendship.Alan Nemeth

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