Eric Lundquist, who was editor of PCWeek and eWeek, has died of a heart attack at the age of 64.
Susan Nunziata and Lorna Garey of Information Week write, “Lundquist started his journalism career as a stringer for United Press International and went on to become a frequent commenter on tech for outlets including CNN and CBS MarketWatch. He was a Neal Award winner, author of a high-tech mystery novel, and keen observer of all things technology. He also oversaw the sometimes difficult industry shift away from print to online with plenty of hope, joy, and zest for his craft intact.
“But Lundquist’s many achievements throughout four decades of tech journalism tell only half his professional story, and possibly not the most important half. If you believe that any industry is defined by those who shape its narrative — and keep its leaders honest — Lundquist was as instrumental as anyone in how technology has changed our world. He hired, challenged, befriended, mentored, comforted, took chances on, educated, defended, and when needed, called to account many across the technology industry spectrum. And we’re all better for it.
“The outpouring of affection for Lundquist on Facebook, Twitter, and in conversations held after his passing reveal an unusual unanimity of sentiment in an industry better known for competitiveness and contrariness. He was universally lauded by journalists, PR reps, vendor executives, and IT professionals for the professionalism, respect, and compassion he showed to everyone he encountered.”
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