We received word from Vincent Acheson, the brother of Moderator Malcolm Wagner, that Malcolm passed away recently. Malcolm was a very active Mod who had been a member of the Lounge for a decade and had contributed more than 5,000 posts. We will miss him dearly.
I never met Malcolm personally, but we had spoken several times on the phone in recent weeks so I could plan a visit to see him the next time I traveled to Europe. Malcolm used the display name unkamunka on the Lounge for many years, and he told me that he had also used this handle on other discussion boards. His contributions will live in the Lounge and in those other venues.
Vincent's remembrances of his brother were e-mailed to me in the following statement:
[quote name='Vincent Acheson' date='2010-03-23 10:54']
Unkamunka / Malcolm Wagner Acheson, 26th November 1950 – 13th March 2010
Malcolm was one of this world's wanderers. Born in Oxford, England, he was educated from the age of 12 in the USA, where his father had taken up a chair in the Medical School at Yale University.
Some years after he finished his schooling (English Lit Major at Yale), he returned to England and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CPA). Fiercely proud of his Irish roots on both sides of the family, he never felt at home in England, and when work took him to Vienna in 2000, he realised that this city in the very centre of Europe was a place where he could make his home. Malcolm was "in real life" a solitary character, but nevertheless he built a collection of friends from the very widest of backgrounds and nationalities.
Malcolm may have lived in Vienna, but he also had a home in the Lounge. The super-intelligent loner could be difficult, and hold the "real" world at arm’s length, but in the Lounge life was different. Here he could blossom. Here that part of his personality which could be endlessly patient, courteous, and generous flourished. Online you stand or fall by the qualities which shine through the written word. Based on the comments of his peers and friends, my brother stood tall – tall and both precise and kind. His handle in the lounge reflected that capacity for kindness - for most of his years of lizardry, Malcolm’s handle was "unkamunka" – a name given him by my children when they were very little and "Malcolm" was too much of a mouthful.
Nobody was aware his health was at risk – possibly himself included – so it was a huge shock to all who knew him when he was found in his apartment on 13th March. His funeral will take place in Vienna on 25th March.
To all of you who worked with him, whether you joined around 2001 like Malcolm, or whether you came earlier or later, my sister and I give you our heartfelt thanks for the role you played in his life.[/quote]
Vincent is a Lounge member who has changed his display name to bubs - Malcolms baby brother. He is in the process of notifying people he believes knew Malcolm well. I hope you will welcome his communications if he contacts any of you.
Because Malcolm can no longer reply to messages from Lounge members, the Admins have removed his name as a Moderator of the seven forums he was associated with and changed his status to VIP. His posts in the Lounge, however, will remain available on the Web indefinitely. Our thoughts go out to Malcolm's family in this difficult time.
If you knew Malcolm or he helped you via his comments, please feel free to add your reply in this thread. Thanks.