DISCUSSION: In light of the passing of a truly sensational scientist, member, mentor, and contributor of the atmospheric science community, the paragraphs below are presented to everyone verbatim as what is a truly excellent tribute to the life and career of Dr. Kelly Redmond.
"Dr. Kelly Redmond, Deputy Director of WRCC, lost his battle with cancer yesterday. Since 1986, Kelly has been the voice and face of WRCC and has pioneered many approaches in applied climatology. Clear communication of climate data and information to both expert and lay audiences was central to Kelly’s mission. He worked tirelessly to develop tools and services that could support everyone, from kindergarten teachers to research scientists, in utilizing climate data. Through his efforts, he established WRCC as a valued broker of climate information for the West, providing data and services with integrity and transparency.
Kelly loved a good conversation and took great interest in all people and things. With equal enthusiasm, he would talk to rural Nevadans about mining over a drink at the bar or engage in discussions on the climate system at an academic conference. He enjoyed documenting the natural world in photography, especially out of airplane windows during his frequent travels around the US. Kelly served as a mentor, friend, and colleague to many in the applied climate community and beyond, and will be dearly missed. WRCC will carry his teachings and values forward in our provision of climate services."
From a personal standpoint, Dr. Kelly Redmond also had a part in influencing certain parts of my nearly-completed Masters research in addition to also being a truly great man and scientist who will be missed dearly for a long time to come! May you rest in peace Dr. Redmond and live on through our hearts, memories, and future experiences!
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