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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

Lindsay, my warmest thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you and your family right now. I hope that you can draw strength from the wonderful memories. I'm sure we'll all keep your dad in our thoughts. He sounds like an amazing man.

I'm so sorry Lindsay. As the father of a couple of daughters who are just starting to make their way in the world, I'm sure he was very proud of you and your impact. What else can a father ask for?

-- Jordan

My sincere condolences for your loss.

Lindsay, I am so sorry.

I am so sorry. Losing a parent can be like your whole world falling apart. One thing that someone told me that helped a bit after my mom died was, "A long life isn't good enough, but a good life is long enough." I wish for strength and peace for you and your family.

Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family.

Oh Lindsay, I grieve for and with you. My dad was killed three months ago and I still can't deal with it. I have moments now when I don't think about him, but they're still far outweighed by those when I do think about him, and tear up, and -- I wish I could say it gets easier, but it hasn't really so far. Please email me if you need to grieve with someone who's going through what you are.

That's just awful, Lindsay. My condolences to you and your family.

my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

My condolences Lindsay.

My condolences Lindsay.

My sincere condolences. I know how hard it is to loose a parent. It sounds like your father was an exceptionally fine man.

My condolences. Best wishes to you and your family.

What an awful thing. I'm so sorry, Lindsay.

I'm so sorry to hear this. Please take care of yourself.

My Dad just turned 60 a month ago. I got a very bad knot in my stomach upon reading of your loss. My deepest condolences to your whole family and to his friends. Travel safely.

Lindsay: I'm so very, very sorry; you have my most heartfelt condolences. Your dad was a truly great man and an uncommonly kind and honorable human being. I know you will forever be influenced by him.

My deepest condolences.

I'm very sorry. Your work is a tribute to his qualities.

I'm so sorry for your loss, Lindsay. It sounds like your father was an even more wonderful human being than was evident in his first-rate scholarly work.

Took me two years to get over the feeling like I'd been kicked in the stomach when I would think of my Dad after he died. I hope it doesn't take you as long, LB.

My condolences to you, to your entire family, and most especially to your mother.

My condolences, Lindsay, to you and your family. I'm deeply saddened to hear this. I just want to let you know that your father's work is very important to the work and research I am doing in gaining a greater understanding of pseudoscience and the people who engage in it. Just last month I downloaded a number of articles from his website that are going to be extremely helpful. I'm so sorry I never had the chance to meet him in person. His death is a major loss all of us who strive for a more rational world and the work that he did will continue to be greatly valued. On a more personal note, I lost my own father when he was far too young, so I can relate.

Oh, Lindsay. So sorry.

My dad died in July 1996. I miss him every day.

The only helpful thing anyone has said about this loss I will pass on to you: While it's painful to lose a father who was such a good man, you are now free to incorporate all his best qualities into your life and your work. In that way he will live on through you.

Take care.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I'm very sorry for your loss.

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