[Athen] Memories of Norm Coombs

kerscher at montana.com kerscher at montana.com
Fri Sep 17 09:02:50 PDT 2021

I know Norm well! He always was keenly interested in publishing and document
accessibility. We collaborated frequently on best practices for providing
information to students. He visited Missoula about a decade ago, and we had
a wonderful dinner here in my home. You could always depend on Norm to
provide rock solid information. What a wonderful guy and career.

George Kerscher Ph.D.
-In our Information Age, access to information is a fundamental human right.
Chief Innovations Officer, DAISY Consortium
Senior Advisor, Global Literacy, Benetech
President, International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
Member of the National Museum and Library Services Board (IMLS)
Chair Steering Council Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), at W3C
Phone: +1 406/549-4687
Cell:+1 406/544-2466
Email: kerscher at montana.com

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I first meet Norm when he was a History professor with RIT at the CSUN
conference. This was back in the 1990's. I moved out to California later
and he became the head of Equal Access for Software for Instruction (EASI --
a spinoff from EDUCAUSE). In southern California there were a non-formal
group meeting with Cal Pol Pomono, Cal State Fullerton, CSULA, and Cal State
Long Beach having quarterly meetings. When Norm retire he came out to
southern Cal, and we invited him to come give us updates on EASI. He, of
course, wrote a book on assistive technology. We called our group even
before he came out "West Coast EASI."

Norm was always learning and bring ideas to the group and EASI . We know
that he provided great leadership to EASI, and he was a delight to have at
our group meetings, which eventually expanded to most of the school in the
SoCal area.

Phillip White
Accessibility Consultant
East Carolina University
Whiteph15 at ecu.edu

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