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June 27, 2007

Barry L. Beyerstein (1947-2007)


Dad with Book, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

This is the last picture I took of my father, who died on June 25th. The picture shows him unwrapping a 60th birthday present. It was taken less than a month before.

Quite simply, I adored my father. He was among the most ethical people I have ever known. I don't think it's an accident that he was also one of the most fulfilled people I've had occasion to meet.

Dad was a scholar, an activist, and a devoted family man.

Dad loved all knowledge, no matter how arcane or obscure. He believed in the power of reason, compassion, and humility. He lived a life of service. 

I loved and respected him so much. It's a rare person who could leave so little unsaid or unfinished, despite having his life cut short so suddenly.

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Comments

My condolences. What a tribute to a marvelous man.

My condolences to you and your family

It pains me to read of this. I wish you and your family all the best in this dreadful time.

I'm surprised and saddened. My condolences.

I'm sorry. My thoughts are with you.

Sorry to hear this Lindsay, condolences to all your family.

Oh this is so sad. I could tell from your writing how much he meant to you. My thoughts are with you.

If the daughter is any measure of the father then you and yours have suffered a very great loss. My humble condolences.

Oh, Lindsay. I'm so, so sorry.

So sad. Condolences to you and your family.

I'm so sorry to hear this. Your father did excellent, valuable work.

I am sorry for your sudden loss. I am glad your father lives on through you and your writing. Take care LB. We are thinking of you and the family.

I'm sorry to hear of your father's death. my dad died in January, so I know the pain and sense of loss that you are feeling. my very best thoughts for you and your family.

Too young, too sad. Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Terrible.

Lindsay, I'm so sorry to read of this.

My warmest condolences.

I'm so sorry for your loss. May light perpetual shine on your father.

My condolences.

My condolences, as well. Your work and writings are testimony to his value as a father.

I'm really sorry, Lindsay.

I'm very sorry to read this, Lindsay. That's a great picture of your father: it shows his intelligence and ability to concentrate, which are traits that, as others have said, you share. I hope that the small tributes you read here show how many people value your contributions and wish you the best in this terrible time.

Lindsay - my sincere condolences to you and your family.

What a fortunate man he was to have you as a daughter and to live long enough to see you coming into your own. How lucky you were to have a father who meant so much to you and gave you so much. My dad died when I was 10. My son died when he was 17. My mother-in-law died three weeks ago. Please take care of yourself.

"There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief." - Æschylus

Deepest sympathies, Lindsay.

May his memory be for a blessing.

My condolences to you and yours. May fond remembrances of times past carry you through his absence in the future.

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