Randy Pausch 1960 – 2008

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Randy Pausch photo from the site of his colleague Dr. Gabriel Robins

The double edged sword of heroism is that, while it is an honourable trait to have, one of its hard prerequisites tends to be death.

Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon Professor, and author of the most inspiring lecture of all time has succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Pausch, and all those who followed him, knew that this day would come. Though many had hoped it would be much further in the future, the outcome was no less inevitable. While it is sad to see him slough this mortal coil, it is more important to remember how he lived and the lessons that he taught us along the way. Dr. Pausch may be gone, but he has left his mark in history, and shown us all the importance of living a good life, and following our passions.

“…we don’t beat the Reaper by living longer. We beat the Reaper by living well.” – Randy Pausch

For those who haven’t yet seen his work, I recommend seeing his final lecture; either in its short form, or the original, longer version.

R.I.P. Dr. Pausch

~ Jura

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