In Memory of Doug Tygar
Professor Doug Tygar passed away unexpectedly on January 16, 2020.
Doug was a valued community member, teacher, and researcher. His work made unique and significant contributions to the fields of usable computer security, cryptography, privacy, and digital rights management. As a colleague, his sharp sense of humor, infectious laugh, and encyclopedic knowledge of all things Berkeley are irreplaceable. He will be sorely missed.
We invite you to share your memories of and tributes to Doug Tygar.
Doug loved reading, and books have always been his good friends. He was so very knowledgeable and talking with was like reading an encyclopedia. And I found that I was going to Google to search for information, but I could ask him and get the information faster. When he was going all out to pursue what he wanted to explore, he didn’t stop until he reached the highest level. I am proud of that he made some contributions to the fields of usable computer security, cryptography, privacy, and digital rights management.
He often joked: "You were born in the Chinese cow year and called Xiaoniu (a calf); I was born in the Chinese tiger year and named ‘Tygar.’ So, our souls are destined to be always connected, no matter when, in any life." We often say to each other, "Your heart is my home. Marriage is our eternal faith. " We firmly believe.
The shared memory I have with Doug is the best treasure of my life. I will be strong for him and help to complete his unfinished goals.
Professor Tygar was an incredible thinker, a creative teacher, and a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed.
I was stunned with how generous he was with his time. He was always punctual in responding to administrative requests, in providing me with poignant feedback on my dissertation, in writing me recommendation letters for faculty job applications. When I was on the job market, he went out of his way to point out opportunities that might be of interest.
Thank you, Doug. You had real impact. I'll think of you when I think of how to be a good mentor to the next generation.
I was in grad school at CMU, not the most famously welcoming place then, when I had Addie Camp. Addie was born in May. Doug used his own unrestricted funds to provide for me an entire summer of maternity leave. Grad students still do not have this. He was immensely supportive.
And then, when I graduated, he told me that he had not thought I could do it. But he never showed a moment of doubt to me until after not only defense, but actual commencement, when he was laughing at his own surprise. Don’t doubt that sometimes he made me crazy, but that is the essential nature of the advising and mentoring relationship. So while he was honest, he was not brutally honest. He was betting that he was wrong when he provided me with monetary, academic, and mentoring support.
I do not know how many people at his level not only would, but emotionally could do that for two years.
He made a real difference. I am one of many people whose lives he changed.
I have had the opportunity to pay this forward and told my grad student who to thank for setting this standard of advisor support. She sent him a nice gracious note thanking him. Apparently this confused him, why would someone thank him for setting such a high standard, why would that result in gratitude? High standards were Doug's default.
Anyway I am sorry he will not read this.