Mark Townsend, VP of product management for Oracle Database, passed away suddenly last week.
In addition to being "the single source of truth" for what seemed to be every technical detail, Mark was a great friend and ally of the Oracle Database technical end-user community. He was a vigorous champion of user groups and the Oracle ACE program, and without him, Oracle Database Express Edition (among many, many other things beloved by developers) would never have seen the light of day.
We want to express our deepest sympathies to Mark's family and friends. He will be missed by a great number of people.
(Thanks to Kai Yu for use of this photograph)