Findra, SpinDizzy admin and FC organizer, reported dead
Update (21 Oct): A gathering is to be held in Memorial Park (luge n1 w1) on SpinDizzy MUCK from 12-3PM PDT on Sunday 23 October. A memorial meeting will also take place on the afternoon of November 5, at Las Palmas Park.
Findra found the fandom in 1995, becoming a wizard and server administrator for SpinDizzy, a member of puppeteering group PawPets West, and serving as Further Confusion's hotel liaison, business director, executive secretary, Ursa Major delegate, and vice-chair in a five-year period.
Findra was an amateur pilot, flying with and to friends within the fandom. He also administered the Plushie Mailing List for over a decade.
In real life, Findra studied Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, and received a PhD in signal analysis and pattern recognition from Loughborough in 1999. From an initial career as a dolphin trainer, he went on to work for Silicon Graphics, FastScale, EMC and VMware.