Dr P passed away peacefully in her sleep yesterday afternoon, with her husband present. She was a tremendously intelligent and unflinchingly determined woman, whose dedication to her profession was remarkable even before you factor in her terminal illness, which caused her great discomfort and inconvenience. Despite the many obstacles her condition placed in front of her, she never complained about her situation, or at least no more than you or I might bemoan the rain or a cold bacon sandwich. I am both proud and humbled to share authorship of the paper she worked on last, and endlessly grateful for the support given to me by her, in circumstances where so many would have tempted to give up anything so irrelevant as keeping a PhD student happy. The department, the world of probability, and the world in general are all the lesser for losing her. I hope she knew the value I placed upon her.
I promise my next post will be lighter.