We lost a great leader and long-time friend  in September, with the passing of Ian Symonds.   Our thoughts are with his wife Judy, his family, the entire HiNZ community and his multitude of friends and colleagues from around the world.   Ian’s long -time friend, Dr. Marion Ball along with Ian’s wife,  Judy Symonds wrote an obituary – A Celebration of the Life of Ian Symonds that was published in the 2016 IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.  A PDF copy of the obituary is available for download from the IMIA Yearbook Pages .

Ian served on the IMIA Board during Marion Ball’s presidency from 1992 through to 1995.   I have taken the liberty to provide you with a short paragraph from the piece written by Marion and Judy…  it is a testament to the man so many of us were honoured to know and to have met.

“When you think of Ian, you readily think of words such as loyal, hard-working, committed, kind, and generous. If you were Ian’s friend, you would know what a loyal and genuine friend he was. He was a great mentor, who found true pleasure in seeing the people he had supported, achieve. ”

A special thanks to both Marion and Judy for sharing such wonderful memories with us about Ian’s incredible life.