I lost a Giant …

Sometimes you have the great fortune of standing on the shoulders of giants … and sometimes it ends abruptly. Monday October 20th I lost a boss, colleague, and mentor to cancer: Bo Fibiger.

Bo was one of the founders of MIL, and I know others will point out his importance within the field of ICT and Learning, Media Science and Politics. To me Bo was all that and then some ..

When I had to do my first academic conference presentation, I did it with Bo. I was so nervous, but Bo reassured me, and it went fine. It was in Paris, and Bo had brought his sweet wife, Helle along .. we had some great evenings and my official entrance into Academia became a treasured memory.

The primary case I’m using in my PhD was originally designed by Bo together with Birgitte Holm Sørensen, and I would have loved for him to see the result .. being the great online facilitator he was, he would certainly have appreciated the possibilities and challenges of SL.

I realize my loss cannot possibly measure up to that of Bo’s wife, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and friends … and in moments of clarity I chose to feel privileged just to have had the chance of being in his company. I’ll do my very best to meet Bo’s high standards …



2 thoughts on “I lost a Giant …

  1. Liz Dorland October 22, 2008 / 6:52 am

    Sorry to hear about this Mariis. I would have extended my condolences today if I had known. It sounds like he was a great mentor.

  2. Mikala Hansbøl October 27, 2008 / 7:47 pm

    Hi Mariis,
    I think that we are many that feel the great loss of Bo. He was a dear person allways ready to assist us ‘newcomers’ to the field (even during his illness), and he has contributed tremendously both nationally and internationally to both theoretical understandings and developments of information and media studies, as well as to the areas of net-supported education and e-learning.

    The day Bo won my heart was when he offered his assistance on introductory litterature on Luhmann. We arranged a meeting, and he brought a full Luhmann library in his car in order to help me.

    Bo was a uniquely warm, kind and dedicated person.

    We have all lost a giant.

    Thoughts to his family


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