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A Celebration of Bob’s Life

In the summer of 2021, we lost Bob Kessler, a founder of EAE, a dear and beloved colleague, an amazing teacher and researcher, and a mentor to generations of students.

We will be holding a memorial on October 1, 2021, at 3 PM Mountain Time,  where we will remember and honor his life and contributions. Family, friends, and colleagues will share memories of Bob’s wonderful impact on their lives and the lives of countless U students.  Because of space limitations as well as health and safety constraints, attendance at the in-person portion of this event is by invitation only.  For the many additional members of Bob’s family, colleagues, students, friends, and acquaintances who cannot attend in person, you all are welcome to join in this celebration virtually.  Please complete the registration request form to receive Zoom link information ahead of the event.  

Welcome and remarks

  • Michael Young, Director, EAE, Professor, School of Computing, Adjunct Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Utah
  • Dave Pershing, President Emeritus, University of Utah
  • Cathy Anderson, Chief Financial Officer, University of Utah
  • Rich Brown, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Mary Hall, Director and Professor, School of Computing, University of Utah

Remembrances from colleagues

  • Roger Altizer, Associate Professor, EAE and Population Health Sciences, University of Utah
  • Mark van Langeveld, Professor (lecturer), EAE, University of Utah
  • Hallie Huber, Academic Program Manager, EAE, University of Utah
  • Sara Mathis, doctoral student, Educational Psychology, University of Utah
  • AJ Dimick, Director of esports Operations, EAE, University of Utah

Reflections on behalf of Bob’s family

  • Russell Kessler, Bob’s cousin

Additional thoughts and memories

  • The podium will be open for anyone who wishes to speak

Concluding remarks

  • Michael Young


Following the memorial, there will be an informal reception on the outdoor patio of Building 72. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.


Please wear a mask at all times during this event.