John Elder, former Managing Editor of the APMP Journal, passed away on August 22, 2012. John was also a fixture at APMP's annual and regional conferences helping then Executive Director, David Winton, any way he could.
John ran Proposal Production for CACI from 1999 until 2008 when he had to retreat from full-time employment because of his illness. He was known for his sardonic wit and his puns which he used liberally to great effect on anybody. But whatever John did, he always did it with fun in mind. He liked to poke fun at life in general and he gave of himself diligently in pursuit of excellence in the proposal business.
John was also an APMP Fellow, an honor he really appreciated and that made him feel part of a very large family indeed. John will always be remembered for his humor. He could liven up a conversation with it or drive you to a deeper conversation through humor as well. And no matter what, if there was work to be done, John was always there to pitch in and get it done. He was a perfectionist as well. It may have driven some of us to distraction, but we appreciated it when we needed the concentration on detail. John will be missed. He threw himself into the APMP work with abandon. We are a much better organization because of his commitment to our ideals and his service to us as proposal professionals.
So sorry to hear this news. John was a wonderful fellow. He was an ardent supporter of APMP and our profession. Most of all it remember conversations sprinkled liberally with his mischievous and insightful sense of humor.