Eric Lundquist, Former eWEEK Editor in Chief, Dies at 64
Lundquist's death was particularly shocking for Dodge because he last saw him when they met for breakfast on Aug. 21 when "he looked the picture of health." "It's a big void in my life. I'm going to miss him really a lot." Dodge noted that it's difficult to lose a friend he has known for the longest time in his adult life. "He was a pal … he just had no pretentions and he was smart. He was a confidant, and I was a confidant for him." His sudden death leaves a void for many others at eWEEK and in the IT industry, where he was well known as writer, analyst and speaker. "Eric was not just widely known in our industry; he was also widely respected and liked by all who worked with him," said Eileen Feretic, editorial director of eWEEK. "His sharp intellect was matched by a warm, caring nature. Eric was a true gentleman, in the best sense of that word, and he will be missed by all the people who were lucky enough to have known him.Bill Schmitt, vice president and general manager of QuinStreet Enterprise, eWEEK's parent company, said, "eWEEK is deeply saddened to lose one of its founding fathers. Eric was a true trailblazer in B2B tech media and he was an amazingly positive role model for all who had the pleasure to work with him. He will be sorely missed.” As news of Lundquist's death started circulating among the IT journalism community, many of Lundquist's friends and colleagues hastened to post their thoughts online about the man who for many was a professional mentor as well as their editor. "Eric was a mentor in that he shared his encyclopedic knowledge with me any time I needed something. He knew every sector in IT and all the key people in them as well as anybody, and he knew how they all interconnected as well as anybody," Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK's editor of features and analysis, wrote in a tribute to Lundquist on Facebook. "He'll be missed on many, many levels—by folks like us who knew him personally and by thousands of IT pros who absorbed his work and profited greatly from his insight and advice. He was a class act, and that makes it all the harder to say goodbye," Preimesberger wrote. Lundquist's survivors include his wife, Sherry Lundquist, a daughter Kate, sons Adam, Jesse and Alex, and grandson Calvin. The family has scheduled a memorial service Sept. 20 at the South Church in Andover, Mass. Donations can be made to Beyond Soccer, a sports-based youth development organization that Lundquist was most active with. The family also suggests that as alternatives donations be made to the American Heart Association and the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike). Editor's note: This article was corrected with the official date of Eric Lundquist's death and with a revised list of his survivors.
"A journalist with talent and integrity, Eric was an essential element of many eWEEK successes. For many years, he was the face of eWEEK to our readers, advertisers and hundreds of others in the tech industry," Feretic said. "He also took the time to mentor young reporters and show them what journalism should be: a profession of dedication and principle."