Peter de Blanc
- We note with sadness this story from the St. Thomas Source
<http://new.onepaper.com/stthomasvi>, about Peter de Blanc's death of
Island Resources Foundation has benefited substantially over the
years from Peter's generous donation of web hosting services and
e-mail support, dating back to 1995.
(That generosity continues with the on-going support to the
Foundation of Webmasters VI --- Steve and Cindy Pitzl.)
>INTERNET MAVEN PETER J. DE BLANC DIES--
>by Source staff
> July 1, 2002 - Peter J. de Blanc, 57, of St. Thomas, died June
>26 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after a battle with cancer. Born in New
>York City on Nov. 17, 1944, de Blanc grew up in Niagara Falls, N.Y.,
>attended Dwight School in New York City, McGill University in
>Montreal and the ITU in Geneva, Switzerland. For 30 years he studied
>with the ARICA School founded by Oscar Ichazo, philosopher and
> The president of COBEX International Inc., de Blanc was
>responsible for the introduction of the Internet to the U.S. Virgin
>Islands. In September 1994 he introduced free public Internet access
>via VIP FreeNet, of which he was president. In 1995 he introduced
>the first commercial Internet service in the Virgin Islands,
>developing the first web pages for the promotion of tourism in the
> Employed by IBM Research and Development Labs in East Fishkill,
>N.Y., in the late 1960s, de Blanc was an acknowledged technical
>genius. For the more than 25 years that he lived in the Caribbean he
>worked as a computer and communications consultant. He was named a
>senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
>in 1973, becoming the youngest person ever elevated to senior status.
> For several years in the mid-'80s he was a communications and
>microcomputer consultant to the United Nations Industrial
>Development Organization in the Eastern Caribbean. In 1998-99 he
>taught computer networking at the University of the Virgin Islands.
>He held Federal Communications Commission commercial
>(radiotelephone) and amateur extra (WA2AAX) radio Licenses.
> In the past few years de Blanc had been widely involved in
>Internet-related activities. He chaired the Administrative Committee
>of the TLD Country Code Top Level Domain constituency of 244
>countries and was elected North American representative to the Board
>of the Domain Name Supporting Organization of ICANN (the Internet
>Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers), in both capacities
>shaping global internal policy and Internet governance.
> His strong personal commitment to the advancement of developing
>countries through technological awareness and development was
>evidenced by many Internet-related speaking and consulting
>engagements in the United States, Canada, China, Egypt, Thailand and
> An active Rotarian, de Blanc was president-elect of Rotary
>Club of St. Thomas II and had previously served as sergeant at arms
>and a board member. Through his involvement with Rotary, de Blanc
>was a founder of the KATS (Kids and the Sea) Program, which has been
>instrumental in teaching seamanship skills to children throughout
> A passionate musician, he played pop and classical music on
>baroque English recorder at any opportunity.
> He is survived by his wife, Doris Sparks de Blanc; four
>children, Peter Dimitri de Blanc of Philadelphia, Annalisa Roger of
>San Anselmo, Calif., Andrea Kimmey of Taos, N. M., and Alexis St.
>John-Gillott of Seminole, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Molly and Peter
>A. de Blanc, Jessica and Lydia Kimmey, and Alisha, Anna, Peter and
>Stephen Roger; two brothers, Roger and James de Blanc; a sister,
>Arlene de Blanc; an aunt, Catherine Chesnea of Norwalk, Conn.; his
>mother-in-law, Doris Huff Sparks of Macon, Ga.; and countless
>friends and students whom he mentored and inspired.
> According to his wishes, a celebration of life will be
>scheduled at Magens Bay at a date and time to be announced.
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