Roy L. Jenne, the founding leader of NCAR's data support services and a researcher of global climatology, died November 18 at Foothills Hospital in Boulder. He was 85.Read more from Remembering Roy Jenne (1931-2016).
Shortly after arriving at NCAR in 1965, Jenne started the Data Support Section (DSS), which is now part of NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL). DSS has helped researchers at NCAR and in the atmospheric and Earth system science community ever since.
"With a small team, he recognized the importance of collecting, preserving, and providing access to scientific data," said Steven Worley, CISL's current DSS manager. "In addition to data, he also loved the science that relied upon it."
Under Jenne's direction, NCAR became one of the world's primary archives of observational and model data to support weather and climate research, including the efforts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and of global atmospheric reanalyses in the United States and abroad.
A memorial gathering for family, friends, and colleagues has been scheduled for the Damon Room at the Mesa Lab on February 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.If you can't attend in person, please share your favorite Roy Jenne stories as a comment.