Sunday, July 27, 2008

My tribute to a wonderful, inspiring man: Dr Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch, author of The Last Lecture, dies

Randy Pausch, shown in September 2007, gave a lecture about facing terminal cancer that became an internet sensation and a bestselling book. He died Friday.

Randy Pausch, the computer science professor who rose to fame after giving a quirky last lecture about celebrating life in the face of his terminal cancer, died Friday.

The 47-year-old died at his home in Chesapeake, Va., according to Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow, who helped launch Pausch to fame after writing about the speech — which also garnered widespread attention when it was posted on video sharing site YouTube.

When Pausch was offered a deal to write a book expanding on his lecture, Zaslow co-authored the non-fiction title. The Last Lecture became a bestseller.

"It was the most fun 53 days of my life because it was like a performance," Zaslow said. "It was like getting 53 extra lectures."

A pioneer in the field of virtual reality who became a professor at his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University, Pausch also co-founded the school's Entertainment Technology Center and developed programs to make teaching computer science and animation more fun for high school and post-secondary students.

He also helped develop the Alice 3D-animation software and had stints at Walt Disney and Electronic Arts.

He was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer in September 2006.
A year later, Pausch took part in a lecture series at the university that saw professors give hypothetical final talks and speak about what mattered most to them.

The popular and flamboyant Pausch drew a packed crowd for his light-hearted session, dedicated to his children.
He joked about his realized and unrealized childhood dreams and urged people to have more fun and live life to the fullest.

Aside from the book deal and internet interest, he was invited to visit The Oprah Winfrey Show and make other TV appearances. He also maintained a blog that delivered updates on his life.
Pausch is survived by his wife, three children, his mother and his sister

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The Student said...

Que Deus o protega e dê força a à familia que o sobrevive.

Realmente, faz-me lembrar do velho ditado inglês: Only the good die young.

Cláudia said...

Belas palavras, The Student.
And that saying is wise.
Thank you.

Birgitta Hyltén-Cavallkius said...

Thank you Claudia for posting this! I feel joy and happiness in my heart today, having listened to this great, great man - reminding me that there IS a divine nature in every child, in every man and woman - so easily forgotten. Birgitta

Anonymous said...

Obrigada,Cláudia, pela divulgação de uma bela história de vida com imensa lucidez e tanta coragem!

Homem a sério! Valente,corajoso.
Como diz "the student":


Peace to ALL SOULS,THE GOOD ONES(não sei se tem s,no fim)


Bom dia,todos os dias!

Zodiac said...


What a fascinating man. I have watched 30 mins of the first Youtube video. I will view the remainder later and will fit the others in as a must view. Thank you for introducing this man to me.

Cláudia said...

Birgitta, thank you for commenting. It's a pleasure to introduce this great man to people who hadn't heard of him before.If only one person listens to this man because of me, then I'm happy.

Birgitta, I've missed you.

Cláudia said...

S, um homem que permanecerá muito para além da sua vida.
Um bom dia.

Cláudia said...

Zodiac, a truly inspiring man.
Thank you for taking the time to know him.

Birgitta Hyltén-Cavallius said...

Hello again Clauia, just another quick note to thank you again (I cannot thank you enough!) for letting Mr. Randy Pausch into my life. I keep coming back to the videos all the time and, of course, I am sending them to my family and friends as well. It is now even more unbearable to read about the McCann couple .... Kindest regards, Birgitta

Cláudia said...

Birgitta, you're welcome.
As for the comparison, weel there's no comparison really.
Dr Randy Pausch is truly an inspiration. The heart and soul of an angel.
Great to read you.