In May 2008 Professor Randy Pausch gave a speech to the graduating class at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You may recall his inspiring "Last Lecture" given in September 2007 which touched millions of people, causing us to reflect on the real meaning of life by someone who knew whereof he spoke.
I was saddened to learn of his death this morning - at the age of forty-seven - of complications from the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
He is survived by his wife Jai and their three young children.
Our prayers and thoughts are with them.
Randy Pausch was a brilliant researcher and gifted teacher. More importantly he was an amazing father with a definite grasp on reality and priorities.
He had these words to say to the class of 2008 as I have paraphrased here.
It will not sadden you. It will lift you up.
What an amazing testament to the human spirit.
"It is not the things we do in life that we regret on our deathbed, it is the things we do not.....Find your passion and follow it. And if there is anything I have learned in my life.... you will not find that passion in things...and you will not find that passion in money.... because the more things and the more money you have the more you will just look around and use that as the metric and there will always be someone with more.
"That passion will be grounded in people and it will be grounded in the relationships you have with people and what they think of you when your time comes."
And then carried his true love off the stage in his cap and gown.
May he rest in peace.
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