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.
I did my Major (remember the Major and Minor of our days at CMU) under the guidance of Doug, who had been instrumental to my Ph.D. progress at CMU. He had always been generous with time and advice.
He will be deeply missed!
And then, after a strong argument or two, we'd joke around a little about this or that Yiddish-ism.
I'm going to miss him a ton.
I am saddened you had to leave the grid so early, as I know you from your enthusiasm you were only 1% done. All of us thank you for your contributions to keeping us all more secure in an unrecognizable world.
Doug, thank you for all of your help, your wonderful conversations over the years, and for all that you've done for our community. You will be sorely missed.
Doug always claimed to hate meetings, but he was the one who livened them up -- speaking with authority about arcana. He was always laughing at the absurdity of life and human foibles, and always advocating for principles of justice and decency.
Doug was a consistent supporter of his female colleagues in computing. Although he would claim human nature is selfish, Doug himself was quite generous. He was a pioneer in bringing usability considerations into the field of computer security, and very kindly included me in a key paper in this area. He leant servers, read grant proposals, and even gave up his office in South Hall. Doug promoted the work of others, but always deflected praise about his own considerable accomplishments.
Doug believed in the formalities of a civilized society. His requests were of an old-world politeness. At commencement, he made an unforgettable visual impression, looking regal in his Harvard crimson robes. He was also a witty poet. In response to some long ago competitive threat (I don’t fully recall, but it appears that perhaps some other school was going to give cars to incoming students), he wrote this satirical and yet incredibly skillful poem for the computer science department faculty:
Wild boars and lions haul Admetus' car.
White horses seven pull the Morning Star.
Gold panthers lead bright Bachus on his way;
Gemmed peacocks Juno's chariot convey.
By chastened lions Cybele is drawn,
And antlered stags tug fair Diana on.
Behind wingéd dragons Ceres travels,
And flights of doves bear Venus to her revels.
Sea horses still their thalassic lord tug;
But if you choose Cal you will drive a new Bug.
Doug cared a great deal about a great many things, including the role of computing in society, and the institution of UC Berkeley and academia generally. Long ago he told me that a professorship is a good job, because it allows one to age with dignity. I am deeply saddened that he was not able to live out this plan, and I will miss him greatly.
Professor, UC Berkeley
January 18, 2020
Rest In Peace And Fly High.
Back in 2005, I was a postdoc at UC Berkeley working with John Chuang. I was not yet full-time in security, but Doug took an interest to what I was doing and was very generous with his time.
In particular, an event stands out, close to the end of my stay at Cal. When I accepted an offer to join Carnegie Mellon's campus in Japan, I was wondering if this was the right choice: it was far, it was not tenure-track, I had never even been to Asia...
Doug knew obviously quite a lot about CMU and had an encyclopedic cultural knowledge. He spontaneously took me to lunch and for more than an hour and a half. After hearing Doug's perspective, I came out of the lunch energized and convinced that not only Japan was going to be an amazing cultural experience, but that I could build on this position to launch my academic career.
Japan was better than what I could have dreamed of, and I am still happily at Carnegie Mellon fifteen years later.
Thank you, Doug.