Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor who became a publishing and internet sensation because of the courageous way that he faced his impending death, died this past Friday. His The Last Lecture became a best seller and served as an inspiration to anyone who happened upon it. Knowing about Randy's terminal illness made this a hard book to put down, but it was not one that I felt able to review or comment on after reading it.
And now, Mr. Pausch is gone, leaving, I'm sure, a real void in the lives of those who knew and loved him. If this YouTube video is any indication, he must have been a heck of a guy.
And this is Randy Pausch, just two months ago as he addressed the Carnegie Mellon graduating class of May 2008.
As Mr. Pausch said, "we don't beat the Reaper by living longer, we beat the Reaper by living well."
May he rest in peace.