View Full Version : 'Last Lecture' Professor Randy Pausch Dies at 47

07.25.08, 09:47 AM

Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon computer-science professor with terminal cancer whose "Last Lecture" became a YouTube sensation in late 2007, died early Friday morning.

Pausch died at his home in Chesapeake, Va., where he had moved from Pittsburgh last fall to be closer to relatives, said Carnegie Mellon spokeswoman Anne Watzman.

Pausch's wife, Jai, put out a statement early Friday thanking "the millions of people who have offered their love, prayers and support."

"Randy was so happy and proud that the lecture and book inspired parents to revisit their priorities, particularly their relationships with their children," she said. "The outpouring of cards and e-mails really sustained him."

"He was a brilliant researcher and gifted teacher," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon in a statement run by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Carnegie Mellon — and the world — are better places for having had Randy Pausch in them."

On Thursday, an unnamed friend of Pausch's had posted on his behalf to the news page of Pausch's personal area on the Carnegie Mellon Web site.


The Last Lecture..(abridged version)

07.25.08, 09:59 AM
Wow, thank you for posting that Wickett.

07.25.08, 10:10 AM
Wicket, thanks for posting that!!

R.I.P Randy.

07.25.08, 10:17 AM
Full Lecture (1 hour and 16 minutes)


07.25.08, 10:37 AM
I read his book. He seemed like a pretty decent guy. Hope he is at peace and his family is okay.

EVHgirl in Va
07.25.08, 12:55 PM
I really admire this guy and his family... sad that he has passed.

07.25.08, 02:08 PM
Total class...I hope I could handle it as well as him...RIP

07.25.08, 02:38 PM
RIP man, what an inspiration. We all take a dirt nap, but it is how people remember us is what counts.

07.25.08, 02:45 PM
The book has been flying out of Amazon today. It's been pretty popular anyway, but today was pretty crazy.

RIP Randy.

07.25.08, 02:49 PM

07.25.08, 03:16 PM
Beyond inspiring. Peace to Randy and his family.