On behalf of the Dscoop Board of Directors, committees and members around the globe, I want to regrettably inform you of the unexpected passing of one our dearest Dscoop family members, Rod Key, from Shutterfly, formally R& R Images. Our hearts, love and prayers go out to his wife Patti, son Austin and all of Rod’s family, friends and colleagues.
For those in our community who had the honor of meeting or working with Rod, you understand the sense of loss of our dear friend; it is extremely difficult to accept. His commitment to Dscoop was unending and his passion for our industry, our organization and our teams was unwavering. Part of the original Board of Dscoop, Rod previously served as North America Conference Chair, Marketing Chair and led countless other successful efforts in our industry. Rod's passion and love for the Dscoop community personifies the essence and strength of what Dscoop is all about. His loss leaves a hole in our community that we will never be able to fill.
Those of you who have met Rod at our conferences or events know Rod as a driven leader who always was passionate and committed. What we will miss most about Rod is his hard working attitude, infectious smile, laugh and friendship. I personally cannot remember a moment that I spent with Rod that I wasn't smiling, laughing and having a great time!
Hewlett-Packard, Document Systems Foundation (EDSF) and Arizona State University have established the Rod Key Memorial Scholarship, which will benefit students of the Arizona State University Graphic Communications Program. Rod’s family has asked that all donations be made to the scholarship fund in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made at: http://www.edsf.org/rodkey.
For those interested in sharing a personal story or tribute, please visit Rod’s Facebook page.
A Celebration of Rod’s Life will be held at McDowell Mountain Church at 10700 N 124th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday, January 27th at 1:00 pm. All are welcome.
In the coming weeks, we at Dscoop will be taking a few initiatives to honor the memory of Rod and will keep you updated on those steps. Please keep Rod and his family in your prayers. Being able to call Rod my friend and work with him over the years, I know he would have wanted us to remember him as someone who lived life to the fullest, and for us to do the same.
With Greatest Respect,
Dscoop Global Chairman