If you've read any of our motherboard reviews from around 2005 - 2009, chances are you're familiar with the name Gary Key. He was a member of the AT team, heading up motherboard reviews and helping me out with a lot of our CPU/chipset coverage on the site during that time. Gary now works at ASUS, but I still view him as part of the AnandTech family. Last month his 15 year old daughter, Abby, was involved in a fatal car crash in Oklahoma.

I originally wanted to do a post last month when it happened, but I shied away from doing so in order to give the Key family more privacy. I've been speaking with Gary regularly since it happened and believe that the time is now right.

I'd never met Abby. Gary was at my house a few weeks before all of this happened. Abby needed a Mac for some college classes she was taking, so I gave her one of my old MBPs. She loved that notebook. Gary told me that she'd send pictures of it to her friends, along with her latest pair of toe socks - her other recent obsession. She loved pink. That bright pink MeMO Pad HD7 sample? It was destined for Gary, and then Abby.

Gary was always a proud father. And understandably so. He'd always tell me about how well Abby was doing in school and about how they were in trouble since she expressed interest in eventually going to Duke. She was a straight A student, excited about becoming a Junior in high school next year.

He always told me about how kind hearted Abby was. I've learned more about her desire to help and support others more since her passing than I ever knew before. I'm saddened that the world has lost a wonderful person with such potential. I've been getting regular updates from Gary, photos of Abby, notes on things she used to love to do, and every single time the emails bring me to tears.

Gary has been doing incredibly well with all of this. I can't imagine anyone being stronger than he has been over these past few weeks.

Here's where you all come in. If you've ever read anything Gary wrote, if he ever helped you in any way, or if you just want to lend some words of support to an honestly wonderful person and his family - please feel free to do so in the comments below. Gary didn't ask for me to do a post here, but I'm sure he and his family would really appreciate any kind words from his virtual family at AnandTech. 

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  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    Nancy,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Whenever I talk to Gary about Abby I feel like I missed out on knowing an amazing member of your family. My thoughts and heart are with you and Gary. Please let me know if there's ever anything I can do.

    Anand
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  • Chillin1248 - Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - link

    May you never know any more pain,

    Our prayers are with you.
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  • war59312 - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    Sucks! :(

    RIP!!
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  • David Szabados - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    I've worked with Gary in my PR role and when I first heard about this, I was stunned and very saddened. It hits home thinking about my own oldest daughter who is now 15. My deepest condolences to Gary and your family. Reply
  • Tukk - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    My condolences. And my hopes that you and yours live more with the years of great memories than with the loss. Reply
  • bsmeeb - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    My sincere condolences to you, Gary. I wish all the strength and understanding needed to struggle through such an enormous loss. Reply
  • StanFL - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    I remember corresponding with Gary a fair amount via email and PM's here back in the early 2000's. Even though we never met, or even spoke, I could tell he was a stand up guy, further confirmed when he began doing content for AT. A tragedy like this is certainly underserved and I wish I had an undo button for it. My condolences to Gary and family. Reply
  • noahcollins - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    As the unofficial system builder in my family, I've definitely read every one of Gary's motherboard reviews. My thoughts are with you, Gary. I'm so sorry to hear this news. Peace be with you and your loved ones. Reply
  • AJ_NEWMAN - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    Anand,

    Thankyou for sharing this; My own tears welled up - partly for the sadness and torment that you and Abigail's family are going through, but also in recognition that our own time here is finite.

    Antony
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  • od14 - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    My deepest condolences to Gary and his family. Life sometimes is very cruel. Hope Gary and family find enough strength to somehow cope with such a huge loss. Reply

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