ESnet Will Miss Ciena’s Jim Archuleta


The entire ESnet team was saddened to learn about the unexpected passing of Jim Archuleta of Ciena. We’ve lost a good colleague and a true friend and extend our deepest sympathy to Jim’s family and co-workers.

Operating a successful network like ESnet makes us reliant on our vendors like Ciena and it’s important that we establish good working relationships with them – it’s the way we do business. But it was different with Jim. Jim was not just a vendor rep but a true partner and collaborator. Through our work together with Jim, we’ve been able to transform the network resources available to scientists around the world.

Jim knew his stuff, he knew what we needed and he knew how to work with our unique community. He even stepped up as a running partner on occasion.  Our community has lost a valued contributor and we will truly miss him.

Here is Jim’s obituary from the Dallas Morning News on Jan. 21, 2016.

James Gerald “Jim” Archuleta, Jr. passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Fort Worth. Service: 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in Greenwood Chapel, with a reception immediately following in the Greenwood Live Oak Room. Memorials: In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Trinity Valley School Endowment Fund; 7500 Dutch Branch Rd., Fort Worth, Texas 76132. Jim was born Oct. 30, 1966 in Denver, Colo. He graduated from SMU with an Electrical Engineering degree in 1990, and later earned his MBA from SMU in 1996. Since 1991 he has worked for Ciena Communications, a networking and fiber-optic company based in Maryland. While working for Ciena he relocated to Fort Worth, Texas in 2013 in order to be closer to family and friends. Jim brought joy and laughter to all who had the privilege to know him and will be missed greatly. Jim was preceded in death by his brother, William “Bill” Archuleta. Survivors: Wife, Caroline; daughter, Sydney; son, Nate; parents, Evelyn and James G. Archuleta Sr.