Jimmy Zhao Gorman ’04
October 23, 1982 – October, 2009
Jimmy Zhao Ruo Yu Gorman was killed in a car accident in Maryland, U.S.A., in October 2009.
Jimmy attended HKIS from Grade 1 through 9, graduating from BISS in Beijing. He majored in computer science at American University, and after graduation in 2004, he joined the educational software company Blackboard, in 2005.
At Blackboard, he began as an associate technical support analyst and received the first of a series of promotions later that year. He was named a quality assurance analyst in 2007, in the North America Higher Education Division, and later promoted to senior QA engineer.
His manager shared the following comments with Jimmy’s family: “Jimmy was one of the best people I’ve ever had an opportunity to work with. From the day he joined QA he made a valuable contribution on any project that we would throw at him, typically doing the work faster, better, and more efficiently than we thought possible. In the last few weeks he was making especially amazing changes that were completely innovating how we worked. We will miss having such a talented, responsive person who was so easy to communicate with and was generally such a nice person!”
Jimmy is survived by his mother, Jenny Chan Ching Gorman, his father, Tom Gorman, his sister Madeline, and his birth father Richard Zhao Chong. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.