Our KM community was richer for the wisdom, generosity, and kindness of Carl Frappaolo. I only wish we could enjoy the humor and enthusiasm of his presentations just more time. This commentary from one of our members says it all:
We of the Greater Boston KM Republic have lost a great presence and champion of consensus-based leadership, honest doubt, open questioning, and gentle humor. I can think of no one who was more invested in those aspects of our community than Carl. His inquisitive nature was not only playfully inspired but also articulate in the way he unpacked an issue. His courage resided in an ability to chart a course, change direction, and continue forward without losing focus or nerve once new thinking was required. He would contribute with the critical back-fill others needed to fully participate without digressing into the weeds. He was at peace as chief proponent or devil’s advocate in the vision of a keynote or in the details of a deployment.
I reached out to him two weeks ago today for counsel on a proof of concept that we’ll soon be hosting at Avid. Carl mentioned how a certain search media giant with a market-beating search appliance did a presentation on the virtues of enterprise search and Carl said it felt like an out-of-body experience. Basically they were pitching Carl the project leader with material that Carl the analyst had put together years ago in his past consulting life. The story illustrates the way Carl’s analysis was of a form that followed function, a conceptual thinker whose insights and recommendations stood up to the knocks and bumps of their implementation. The soundness of his visions informed the practicality of working day-to-day in this profession of our choosing.
I thank Carl for that and so much more along our daily path. – Marc Solomon, Avid Technology, Inc.
Please add your voices in the comment section if you have special memories of Carl.
… and from Dan Keldsen, a professional colleague, business partner at Information Architected, and friend:
Marc - wonderfully well put…
Carl was a hell of a friend, mentor, partner, collaborator and just incredible human being. He’ll be sorely missed.
Carl passed away on Sunday March 17. His life will be celebrated on Thursday March 21 at 2:00pm at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church 28 Commonwealth Av. Chestnut Hill, Ma. 02467 All welcome.
Thank you Marc and Dan. — Kindly, Lynda Moulton