User talk:Kevin Gorman

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Seems to be something that others here should be aware of

I have no way of verifying the truth of this report. Eric Corbett 19:46, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

I'm hearing the same. :-( Working on a confirmation. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:10, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
I've forwarded this to WP:AN, not because I want a wider audience but because somebody there will be able to take the appropriate action. I cannot see any reason to believe what I read on the Facebook page is not true. :-( Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 20:19, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
Nothing on Google I can see, beyond the Facebook that Eric linked.Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 20:30, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Rest in peace

I regret to say that it's true. Rest well, buddy, and my best wishes go out to your family and everyone close to you. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:49, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

I think maybe we crossed paths a few times, however the loss of a fellow contributor, especially one so young is sad. May you rest in peace. RickinBaltimore (talk) 20:58, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
You are missed. Smallbones(smalltalk) 21:05, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
I am heartsick to learn of this. My deepest sympathies to Kevin's family and loved ones. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:09, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
I last saw him at the wikiconference in October, and I'm so sad to hear of this. All the best to his family. WWB (talk) 21:31, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for all of the work you performed here at WikiP. My condolences to friends and family. MarnetteD|Talk 21:33, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
My sincerest condolences to his family. Never got to work with him, though I did respect him as an Admin and editor. --Kansas Bear (talk) 21:38, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
Always sad news, and very little to be said. Very sorry to hear about this, my condolences to his friends on and off wiki and his family. Keegan (talk) 21:39, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
No words feel good enough to express my feeling well. I'm heartened that you were able to help three folks live with generous donations and that you continue to help people. You will indeed be missed and it was a pleasure to have met you and work with you. I hope your family and loved ones are well and make it through this undoubtedly difficult time. Much love, EvergreenFir (talk) 21:43, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Incredibly sad news. Condolences to his family and those who knew him. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:47, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

So sad, my heart aches. RIP, my friend; you are missed beyond words. Condolences to family and friends, on and off wiki. --Rosiestep (talk) 21:49, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Shocking news. My condolences to Kevin's friends and family. Carrite (talk) 21:50, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Not the sort of thing I expected to see. I'm sorry about what's happened and I hope your family will be okay. Best wishes. Acalamari 21:53, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
Rest in peace Kevin. You will be missed greatly. -- KTC (talk) 22:02, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Sorry to see this. I was hoping Kevin could get past his difficulties and move on. Lynn (SLW) (talk) 22:18, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks Kevin for all you have done over the years. Will miss your wise and thoughtful input. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 23:35, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Fare thee well--Rberchie (talk) 23:41, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • I wish you peace, Kevin. Sadness for your family. Silence just because... Fylbecatulous talk 00:17, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Peace--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 00:29, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • We all have to go, but you went too soon, mate. Missed. --Andreas JN466 00:37, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • It happens too soon. I am grateful for every conversation we had. Thanks for your early support of my Wikipedia projects. I am sorry for the loss. Blue Rasberry (talk) 00:48, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Really sorry to hear. Arkon (talk) 00:50, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • RIP Kevin, Unfortunately we've never edited any articles together however I've seen you around and you'll be missed alot, Thanks for everything you've done, My sincerest condolences to friends & family x –Davey2010Talk 01:00, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Aww, damn it. Kevin, you are missed. You did a lot of good here. Georgewilliamherbert (talk) 03:56, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • .إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎‎ Keilana (talk) 04:01, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • You will be missed, Kevin. My deepest condolences to your loved ones. SarahSV (talk) 05:29, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • I am heartbroken to hear this news. I've always enjoyed Kevin's insights, and Wikipedia will be a little less bright without him. You will be sorely missed, and I hope that wherever you are, you will look down upon us and see pride in the work we hope to continue for you. --Sky Harbor (talk) 06:01, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks for all your great work over the years. You will be missed. My condolences to your friends and family. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 06:33, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • I couldn't believe it initially, I often recall your grants retrospective. Nemo 06:44, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • This is beyond sad. I'm at a loss for words as I type this. Although I didn't personally know you, you seemed like a wonderful person, and our interactions were always great. Thank you for helping to build Wikipedia and for staunchly defending it from detrimental edits. Thank you for believing in me as much as I believed in you. Flyer22 Reborn (talk) 07:03, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace, Kevin -- you left us too soon! Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia movement. Your passion came through very clearly in the few interactions we had. My heartfelt condolences to friends, family and loved ones. Eloquence* 07:04, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace Kevin. My deepest condolences to your family and loved ones. So early :( Anthere (talk)
  • Sorry to hear about Kevin's death. RIP. My heart extends to his family and loved ones. Shlomif (talk) 09:39, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • What tragic news. Kevin was my deskmate during his internship at the Wikimedia Foundation, and later interviewed me at length for the Grants retrospective. He was passionate and informed in all he did, and he cared about getting it right, on- and off-wiki. We are the poorer now. Ijon (talk) 09:43, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace Kevin. My deepest condolences. --Steinsplitter (talk) 11:09, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
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... and A Requiem in Our Time --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:24, 6 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace Gorman —Oluwa2Chainz »» (talk to me) 14:28, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • I am deeply saddened by the passing of Kevin. Once we began corresponding over a year ago, he treated me with respect, kindness, tact, sensitivity and with the highest example of good faith. I have found him to be a staunch ally and supporter for building the encyclopedia. I especially enjoy his essays. If any of his family is reading this, please know that I am grieving with you and for you and can't even imagine what you must be going through. If there is any question at all about the amazing contributions that Kevin has made to Wikipedia, just know that it will never be the same without him. Kevin, I miss you already! The Very Best of Regards,
  Bfpage |leave a message  14:31, 30 July 2016 (UTC),
my real name is Barbara Page and I am from Pittsburgh. I didn't think an anonymous note would do him justice.
  • There are far too few who cared so much about this place. A loss for this project and for us all. Gamaliel (talk) 14:34, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • R.I.P. Stan 7&6=thirteen () 14:36, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Deeply sorry to hear this. Regrettably, I never worked much with him, but always respected and esteemed him as a Wikipedian. RIP.--Wehwalt (talk) 14:41, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Very sorry to see this. --Rschen7754 16:09, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Very sad news. Prayers and condolences to his family friends and loved ones. Memory eternal! -Ad Orientem (talk) 16:28, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Kevin, you were one of the first Wikipedians I was introduced to in depth, and I was so struck by your deep sense of dedication to do good and to do right for Wikipedia, for Wikimedia, for systemic bias in free knowledge... Your energy and enthusiasm will be sorely missed. Rest in power. Anasuyas (talk) 17:56, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • It's incredibly sad when someone so young passes away, but at least Kevin will be remembered for his contributions here. Sincerest condolences to his family and friends.- MrX 21:37, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • I did not interact with Kevin much, either on- or off-wiki, but there was no missing the way he stood up for principles in discussions of policy. He will be missed. Daniel Case (talk) 00:31, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace, Kevin. You did a lot of good in this world, and it will be a worse place without you. GorillaWarfare (talk) 03:07, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Just woke up to this shocking news. Very sorry to hear this. Kevin was far too young to die. My condolences to his friends and family. I have an idea for a possible way to pay tribute if it would be appropriate and not too soon to talk about this (see below). Carcharoth (talk) 06:33, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Wikipedia is now poorer. Collect (talk) 13:32, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Goodbye. :( II | (t - c) 19:56, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Very sad news indeed, my condolences go to those who worked with him here, and knew him personally. Rest in peace. Zerotalk 13:40, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
  • I first met Kevin in spring 2011. I was doing communications for the Wikimedia Foundation’s Public Policy Initiative (the pilot of the program now run by the Wiki Education Foundation, where I now work), and we’d created a tool that showed how many edits and how much content each student had added to Wikipedia. One username stood out from a class UC Berkeley, and after looking at this new user’s contribs, I realized he’d started editing far beyond his coursework; Kevin had gotten the Wikipedia bug and was busy improving articles on mushrooms (a hobby of his) and reverting vandalism. Kevin’s devotion to Wikipedia was apparent, even in the early days of his editing career (I think he never actually finished the article he was supposed to work on for class, he’d gotten so excited about improving other Wikipedia articles). Kevin continued on in the education program as a volunteer, and I was pleased to see him become more involved in different aspects of Wikipedia. He recruited several classes as the first Wikipedian in Residence at UC Berkeley after he graduated, with his own unique Kevin way of approaching courses: always with an interest to countering systemic bias and always making sure he was doing the right thing ethically for both the student editors and Wikipedia. His impact will continue to be felt for years to come within the education program in the United States. Thanks for all your hard work, Kevin. We miss you already. --LiAnna (Wiki Ed) (talk) 00:58, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks for all your excellent and well-intentioned contributions. You're missed already. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 11:33, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
  • RIP. You did not deserve so few years.--Begoontalk 13:30, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace, Kevin. You are missed.--Cúchullain t/c 20:43, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Wow, very sorry to hear this. One of the "good guys". A name to conjure with. Rest in Peace, Kevin. Softlavender (talk) 23:01, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
  • I, too, was enormously shocked to hear about this. I find it deeply saddening that we often fail to fully appreciate someone's value until they are no longer around. Events like these should be a wake-up call—it is long past time to realize the pettiness and complete lack of meaningful consequence to all the ugly controversies and bickering. We must grasp the fact that real people with lives and feelings are behind those words and signatures. I offer my sincere condolences and well-wishes to Kevin's family, and I commend him for his selfless organ donations to those who were in desperate need of assistance. Biblio (talk) WikiProject Reforming Wikipedia. 23:12, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Rest easy, another warm soul gone too soon. I believe we crossed paths a few times, but all the kind words from fellow wikipedians allowed me the pleasure of learning more about you. I appreciate the time you have given to preserve knowledge for countless others, and, with equal importance, the positive impact you clearly left on editors.TheGracefulSlick (talk) 01:36, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
  • I am so shocked to hear of this. He was far too young. My condolences to his family and his friends and his many collaborators in free knowledge and justice. Kevin and I didn't have that many conversations but in every one I heard his deep passion for the work of improving our culture on all levels; he never ceased to be shocked at things that aren't right, and to channel that shock into activism and organizing. I will miss his dedication and I will remember his ideals. Sumana Harihareswara 16:36, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
  • I worked closely with Kevin when he volunteered in the education program, primarily at Berkeley. Since I was in San Francisco and working at WMF at the time, he used to come by for in-person meetings and lunches. I never could take notes quickly enough to capture his great ideas and enthusiasm for improving students' lives while they improved Wikipedia. Kevin also encouraged me to edit as a volunteer, which I continue to do today. He will live on in so many of our memories, but—perhaps most apropos—through Wikipedia, which is better because of him. Jami (Wiki Ed) (talk) 19:59, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Very sad to hear this, my deepest condolences to his loved ones, Huldra (talk) 21:35, 3 August 2016 (UTC) 
  • Kevin, I've always admired your character and dedication. Rest in peace. Airplaneman 15:27, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Very saddened to hear this. Thank you endlessly for all of your contributions to this project. Mz7 (talk) 03:39, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Goodbye, thank you for your work, and bienvenue à dans étoiles. Dschslava Δx parlez moi 03:49, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Too, too young. Condolences to Kevin's loved ones. Your great passion is what I remember and celebrate. RIP. Alanscottwalker (talk) 20:22, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Sorry to hear this. Rest in peace, Kevin. --Pine 03:07, 6 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Never interacted with you but Rest in Piece and my condolences go to his friends and family. MWright96 (talk) 17:50, 6 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Always sad, to learn of a fellow Wikipedian's passing. My condolenses to the Gorman family :( GoodDay (talk) 14:18, 7 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Whatever our differences, I am saddened by this news. Kevin was a great Wikipedian, I will not forget him. WormTT(talk) 12:19, 8 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Such a loss for the community. Mkdwtalk 15:51, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Thank you for your generosity of spirit, time, intellect, and vital organs, Kevin. We will miss you. The Interior (Talk) 18:36, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
  • RIP, Kevin. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 06:58, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
  • RIP. Ethanlu121 (talk) 22:09, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
  • My condolences to Kevin's family and friends. We were in touch briefly last fall with the aim of meeting up to talk about teaching with Wikipedia; even though he said he wasn't sure when his health would stabilize, he was full of ideas for the future. I'm sorry we never managed to get together and that the world has lost such a dynamo.Alafarge (talk) 18:22, 16 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Kevin, you threw your heart and bones at the world, fighting for truth in your work. I don't know anyone else who thought so little of the burdens on themself while they advocated for the rights of others. Thank you for your crazy wild warrior spirit and dedication to human rights. No one will say you didn't give it your all. Ocaasi t | c 20:40, 6 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Kevin Gorman, gone far too soon. Rest in peace. MB298 (talk) 03:16, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

I'm sorry

that our last conversations were so much unlike our first ones. You and I worked together on a case a long time ago which seemed unwinnable, and we prevailed, for the best of the project. I learned a lot from that, and felt like I knew you a bit. Maybe I did, maybe I didn't--we certainly drifted apart, one way or another, and in one or two fairly crucial cases we did not agree, and I always wished I could have seen eye to eye with you, physically, in the real world, and maybe that would have changed things. You always had a real dedication to this beautiful project of ours, more sincere than many of us, which is probably why you got in real trouble here because you were so dedicated, and sheesh you are too fucking young to be gone. They should take some of us old people, the ones who think they're always right and are sometimes too set in their ways. And who are old and expendable. There's a lot of folks who loved you, Kevin, and I'm , well, I'm sort of out of words. You are one of my oldest friends and colleagues on Wikipedia, I mean you were, and it won't be the same without you, tall skinny young person with your funky hairdo. Why do we say the things that matter only when it's too late? sorry yall--NOTSOZCIALNETWORK i know. Drmies (talk) 00:56, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

Continuing Kevin's work

After hearing the awful news above, I was re-reading Kevin's user page, and I noticed his words on missing women philosopher articles. Would in some way, when the time is right, continuing the work he started there be an appropriate way to pay tribute? There may be other ideas (the Facebook page mentioned donations to the National Organization for Rare Disorders), but I am throwing this idea out there. Carcharoth (talk) 06:34, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Organ donation have begun improving article--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 10:34, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
  • These are some wonderful ideas. Keep making the world a better place. Rest in peace, Kevin. Montanabw(talk) 21:39, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Thank you for pointing this out, and for the wonderful idea. I just started Anita Avramides in tribute. Anasuyas (talk) 05:34, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Improving Elizabeth Anscombe to GA in tribute to what will be eventually the first good article for a woman philosopher (it needs to be rewritten due to huge sections of unsourced content: draft is here). Esquivalience (talk) 02:25, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Ping me if you end up planning an edit-a-thon for User:Kevin Gorman/philosophers czar 01:00, 5 August 2016 (UTC)

How about a barnstar?

Kevin cared very much about working with, and reaching out to, student editors. It occurs to me that the Wikipedia Ambassador Barnstar is intended for just that kind of activity, by campus and online ambassadors. I'd like to propose that we rename it the "Kevin Gorman Ambassador Barnstar". Is there support for doing this? --Tryptofish (talk) 20:07, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

@Tryptofish: Seconded. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:25, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
third--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 21:14, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
Fourthed ? .... Anyway +1 It sounds lovely! –Davey2010Talk 21:29, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
This is an excellent idea. Should it be raised somewhere else (e.g. on the talk page of the barnstar or at Wikipedia talk:Education program), or should it just be done WP:BOLDly after discussion here? Is anyone in contact with his family? Carcharoth (talk) 10:48, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
I believe WP:BOLDly after discussion here is more than enough to just do the barnstar[1]...IMO--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 13:30, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
I already left notes at the talkpage of the barnstar template, and at the talkpage of the WikiProject that deals with barnstars. An editor at the latter had a question, and I directed them to raise the question in the discussion here. I'll also add a note at the Education noticeboard now. I think it would be a good idea to let a few more days pass before making any bold edits. --Tryptofish (talk) 16:45, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
If there is consensus for this, there will need to be a link to some text explaining the rename and why it was done, so the reasoning is available in the future to those using this award. The closest things I've found to a permanent tribute to deceased Wikipedians (as opposed to user talk page condolence and tribute threads and an entry at Wikipedia:Deceased Wikipedians) is Wikipedia:Wadewitz Tribute Edit-a-thons and the 2014 Wikipedian of the Year award (though others may be able to think of other examples). Carcharoth (talk) 05:08, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
I agree. --Tryptofish (talk) 15:42, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support - But if renaming the existing barnstar, it might be worth considering changing the "ambassador" part as well. Ambassador is a specific user role/program in the context of Wikipedia, and one that isn't terribly active on enwiki (though there are ongoing discussions about reviving it). Thus it seems likely that people would assume the barnstar is for (or for use by) ambassadors with that program, and thus wouldn't see much use (and would go unused altogether if that program were to be discontinued). Kevin was an ambassador, but was also involved at the intersection of Wikipedia and education in other ways, engaging with faculty, staff, students, Wikipedians, and the public. He also -- and I think this is very important -- came to Wikipedia through the education program (when it was the Public Policy Initiative). Perhaps something like "Kevin Gorman Education Program barnstar", or the "Wikipedia in Education Gormanstar" or somesuch? FYI I work with the Wiki Education Foundation, but am commenting here solely in a volunteer capacity.Rhododendrites talk \\ 23:22, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
Those are good points. Perhaps a better approach would be to leave the existing barnstar unchanged, and instead create a new one. I would go with the "Kevin Gorman Education Program barnstar", rather than the other name. --Tryptofish (talk) 23:46, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
@Tryptofish, The ed17, Ozzie10aaaa, and Davey2010: For the sake of taking the next step, I went ahead and created Template:Kevin Gorman Education Program Barnstar and uploaded a basic barnstar image. The template is basically the Original Barnstar, and the image is that barnstar with an education program logo. See three versions 1 (current), 2, 3. I won't be offended if anyone wants to make/use a different image, use a different name, or go a different route altogether -- I just wanted to get the ball rolling. I also added some text to the "header" and "for" fields. — Rhododendrites talk \\ 14:07, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
[2] thank you--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 14:14, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
Yes, I think this is the best way to go – thanks! I support the "current" version, aka #1, of the star, and I cannot think of any corrections to the template. --Tryptofish (talk) 17:01, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
Wow it looks perfect!, Thanks Rhododendrites for kindly doing this. –Davey2010Talk 18:15, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
  • I think that it has become very clear that editors commenting here support going ahead with this barnstar. The required procedure for doing so is to open a discussion at the WikiProject talkpage associated with such awards. I have just done so, at:
Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Wikipedia Awards#Proposal for a new Barnstar.
It is important that editors here, who support the barnstar, also comment on your support for it there. Thanks. --Tryptofish (talk) 22:42, 10 August 2016 (UTC)

Doing right because it was right

I'm nearly speechless having learned of your death today, Kevin. My impression of you through our public interactions here as well as through email showed me you were an honorable man who believed in doing right - in spite of it not always being popular - simply because it was the right thing to do. I will always remember you in the best of terms and those who treated you horribly or didn't step in to defend you (when you were no longer going to be an admin) in the lowest of terms. You deserved much better treatment and respect. To echo the sentiments of others already commenting here, you left us too soon my friend - way too soon. May the road rise to meet you, may the wind always be at your back; may the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields; until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Rest in peace and with the angels, Kevin Gorman. -- WV 22:05, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

Yes, this is very much as I remember Kevin. Mathsci (talk) 22:55, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

Post about Kevin on Feminist Philosophers blog

We posted something to honor Kevin on the Feminist Philosophers blog here. If anyone would like to comment or add or even correct inaccuracies, please do. Also, if you know people who were close to Kevin, maybe they would like to know about the post? Madva (talk) 01:02, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for this, Madva. I've shared your post, and started an article on Anita Avramides to honour Kevin. As I was looking at his list, I realised how few of these academics and thinkers had any substantial information on them (I started with Hide Ishiguro, as the only? person on the list not originally from Europe or North America, but there was almost silence on the internet). It is sadly never surprising to me, but always horrifying. Thank you for the inspiration you gave Kevin, and I'd be delighted if you or some of your students might find time to improve and expand the Avramides article. Anasuyas (talk) 14:23, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
I first met Kevin in 2011 at a "Wikipedia in Higher Education" conference in Boston. He was then known for his work on mushroom articles. Over the years, I have participated in several edit-a-thons in San Francisco and Berkeley with him. He was committed to Wikipedia, free knowledge, gender equality, fairness in biographies of philosophers and positive values. He was open in discussing his health problems but I did not know that they were life threatening. His life was far too short, but a bit of him lives on in the living bodies of the recipients of his transplanted organs. I will donate blood next week in his memory and encourage others to do so as well. He will be missed. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 03:23, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Kevin's heart still beats

From the facebook page:

"Kevin's heart still beats! His heart was successfully transplanted into another person last week, as was his liver and a kidney. Kevin saved three lives last week by sharing his organs. May his heart continue to beat for many years."

I think a fitting tribute to Kevin would be to register as an organ donor. --Guy Macon (talk) 09:43, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Why did someone decide to cut onions near my desk right now? Seriosuly, that is the the best gift one can give, life for others. Already an organ donor myself, and I recommend that if you can, please consider it. RickinBaltimore (talk) 16:47, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

With a heavy heart...

One of the last things Kevin said to me in an email exchange, January 6, 2016..."I think people often underestimate the amount of healing that family members and loved ones of those who undergo serious medical and other crises have to do even when their physical bodies were not the physical bodies directly affected." His words spoke volumes to me about his sensitivity toward others. He will be missed. Atsme📞📧 06:33, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

Memorial fund

My name is Sierra and I was a very close friend of Kevin's who is organizing the memorial. If anyone feels moved to donate to his memorial fund, which will be used to support his memorial and beyond that his preferred charities, you may do so here: If you would like to attend the event, please see his memorial page for event details. If you wish to attend virtually, check back regularly because details for webcasting the event are still TBD. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 05:30, 5 August 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar in Kevin's memory

The Kevin Gorman Education Program Barnstar is now officially listed at Wikipedia:Barnstars. Here is what it looks like:

Kevin Gorman Education Program Barnstar.png Kevin Gorman Education Program Barnstar

Thanks to Rhododendrites, who designed it. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:41, 1 September 2016 (UTC)

From Gender Gap-list

It breaks my heart that I am not able to post condolences to his talk page. I wanted to say so much about what he did for people behind the scenes, how he kept this forum moderated and open for discussion after arbcom closed down the gender gap project, and how when he talked, the ideas rushed out of him as if he knew how little time he had, and could overcome mortality itself in order to accomplish them, but in the end, there are no words, there are no words. —Neotarf July 30, 2016.

Proxy edit per IAR. Carrite (talk) 19:02, 6 September 2016 (UTC)

Wikiconference edit-a-thon?

A few people mentioned continuing Kevin's work on women philosophers. It's too late to submit a session to the upcoming Wikiconference in San Diego, but for those involved/attending, would there be some time to set aside for a short edit-a-thon? Or perhaps it's something to bring up at the Unconference, or something that runs through the weekend? — Rhododendrites talk \\ 22:24, 6 September 2016 (UTC)

FYI looks like this is happening on Saturday. See Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/WCNA2016/Kevin Gorman Memorial. — Rhododendrites talk \\ 18:27, 4 October 2016 (UTC)