— Class of 1998
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Nathan Ballard ’98, of Washington, D.C.; Nov. 11, of cancer. A lifelong student and learner, he was working toward his master’s in teaching arts when he was diagnosed. He enjoyed literature, poetry, and science and wanted to excite children about learning. At Brown, he was a member of the varsity baseball team and received academic and athletic recognitions. He was an avid reader and relaxed by playing the guitar. He is survived by his parents, a sister, a niece, and many friends and family members.
Samuel S. Blackman ’98, of Portland, Ore.; Aug. 27, of cardiac arrest. He was cofounder and CEO of Elemental Technologies, a pioneer in video web-streaming technology. After graduating from Brown and earning a master’s degree from UC Berkeley, he worked as an engineer for Pixelworks. He left Pixelworks in 2006 to start Elemental. He led the company from a start-up to one of Portland’s major employers before selling it to Amazon in 2015, staying on as CEO. He was a runner and ultimate disc player. He enjoyed spending time with his family and giving back to Portland. He is survived by his wife, Adriane; two sons; and his mother.