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  • Another Death of a Flublogia Founder - pogge, aka Rob Hills

    I am sad to report another death of a flublogia founder, pogge, who was instrumental in the establishment and maintenance of Flu Wiki.

    This posted by Greg Dworkin:

    "In Memorium
    by: DemFromCT

    Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 07:40:07 AM EDT

    The Flu Wiki Forum community was stunned to learn of the sudden death of David (Rob) Robin Hills, aka pogge.
    Our site administrator since our founding in 2005, pogge was as much a part of the community and the effort as any of us.

    The following obituary appeared online:

    'Obituary for Mr. David (Rob) Robin Hills
    Passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa on July 6, 2014. Will be greatly missed by brother Glenn (Sandra), nephew Daryl (Nancy) and niece Carly (Rob). Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.
    To send flowers to the family of Mr. David (Rob) Robin Hills please visit our Sympathy Store.'

    We don't really have any information about what happened. I was in touch with Rob in late June with no foreshadowing.
    Rob was originally recruited for the site by one of our founders, the late Melanie Mattson. With them gone, and revere retired, and with a tremendous amount of input from SusanC along the way, that leaves me from the original crew.

    Now the effort and work is done by all of you.

    Pogge was also the site administrator for the wiki side, now offline and likely to stay so. The wiki takes some expertise to manage, it's quite a bit more expensive to run than this forum site and was getting out of date for lack of use.

    It was innovative in its day, and we pushed the feds to have a much more robust web presence (which they now do, including their highly active social media side). But despite Rob's wizardry, the comment side (aka Old Yeller) couldn't keep up, and so we moved the comments and discussion here.

    We'll miss your humor and gentle moderation, Rob. You were one of a kind."



    Pogge is the 2nd Flu Wiki founder to die suddenly. Melanie Mattson died in 2008. While I did not know pogge very well, I had several email exchanges with him in the early flublogia days of 2006/07. He was very professional in his manner and supportive of FluTrackers.

    Thank you pogge for everything, and best wishes to his family and friends.

    Thank you to Bronco Bill for logging onto FluTrackers to send me a message about pogge's death. Best wishes to the team at Flu Wiki.

  • Sally Furniss
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    I am sorry to hear of the loss of Pogge. My sympathies to the his family and the FluWiki team.

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  • Ronan Kelly
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    My sympathies to all of Rob's friends & family.

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  • Roehl_JC
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    I am sending my sincerest condolences to FluTrackers and FluWiki and to the family of Pogge, aka David Robin Hills. He was a devoted, dedicated, insightful, science-valorizing, flu information specialist who was also friendly, smart and kind-hearted. I'm so sorry he's gone and he will be missed sorely. Keep him and his loved ones in your prayers. I'm sure he's gone on to better climes.
    love, joseph
    Thanks Sharon for letting us all know.

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  • JJackson
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    Despite only knowing of pogge, rather than knowing him personally, I was very sorry to find this thread today. His is a name I have known, and respected, for many years. My condolences to all that knew him and my thanks for the work he put into highlighting the issues which both Fluwiki and Flutrackers strive to bring to the fore.

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  • Shiloh
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    So sorry to read this. Condolences to Pogge's family, friends and the team at FluWiki.

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  • Pathfinder
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    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of pogge. My condolences to the team at Flu Wiki.

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  • Michael Coston
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    I was saddened to hear of this, as Pogge - like Melanie - was not only a friend to Flublogia, but a true pioneer.

    They will both be fondly remembered by this humble Flublogian.

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  • sharon sanders
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    We lost our own Laura Montgomery suddenly in 2012.

    The loss of pogge is the 3rd Flublogia Founder death I believe.

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