I was saddened this morning to hear that Randy Pausch has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Pausch was a CS professor at Carnegie Mellon who became famous for his Last Lecture, delivered in September 2007 and later published as a bestselling book. He was also the creator of the Alice software project.
When a famous person dies, I often find myself appreciating their work, but I usually cannot say that I feel a personal sense of loss. Richard Harris was fantastic in every role I have seen him play, but I doubt he and I would have found much to talk about. For me, Randy Pausch is a special case. All of us are lucky to have access to his work, but I think the people who really knew him are even more fortunate. I wish I was one of them.
Every man dies. Not every man truly lives. Rest in peace, Dr. Pausch. You truly lived.