One of this blog's most difficult duties is to take note of the passing of our authors. This post is especially difficult to write, as we must say goodbye to three who passed away in recent months.
--Peter Kennedy, retired professor of economics at Simon Fraser University, where he taught for 40 years, died this past August. Kennedy was best known as the author of A Guide to Econometrics, of which we published several editions. That book, in the author's own words, "has become a classic as a comprehensive guide to some incredibly technical stuff." An obituary about him from Simon Fraser is available here.
--Lawrence Badash, of the history department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he had a 36-year career. He was the author of A Nuclear Winter's Tale and his course on "The Bomb" was apparently a student favorite at UCSB. He passed away in September, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
--Partha Niyogi, Louis Block Professor in Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Chicago, passed away on October 1 at the age of 43 after a bout with brain cancer. He was the author of The Computational Nature of Language Learning and Evolution and was regarded with warmth and admiration by his colleagues and former students, according to some of the tributes here and here. A memorial will be held at the University of Chicago's Bond Chapel at 2pm on Saturday, October 30.
They will all be missed.