2013 Yerkes Award

As the current president of LOPSA I have the honor of presenting this year’s Chuck Yerkes Award.


For those of you who never got to know him, Chuck Yerkes was known for always being willing to help and mentor others both in person and on sysadmin mailing lists in the 1990’s and early 2000's. Countless sysadmins over the years have learned from his postings. Chuck’s intelligence, knowledge, and dedication to doing things right is something that is missing all too frequently in the on-line community. Unfortunately Chuck passed away in late 2004 after being involved in an accident on his way home from work.


In 2005 an award was created in his memory to annually honor a sysadmin who most embodies Chuck’s spirit in assisting and mentoring other sysadmins. Each year the LOPSA awards committee sifts through sysadmin blogs, the LOPSA IRC channels, mailing lists, web forums and other sysadmin on-line resources in search of someone who is leading in contributions to the sysadmin community as Chuck did.

This year, I am happy to announce that the Yerkes Award is being presented to Lawrence Chen. Lawrence is currently a Senior Unix Systems Administrator at Kansas State University. While maintaining their e-mail systems, DNS and load balancers, he is active not only on IRC but on many mailing lists such as lopsa-dicuss, bind-users, and several freebsd lists. On these he often provides answers to a variety of questions that frequently include examples based on his own experiences. His blog is also an excellent source of information. Since his being selected for the award I have started reading it have even learned a few new things myself.

Lawrence was not able to be here to accept the award in person, but please join me in congratulating him and in thanking him for his contributions to the sysadmin community!