02 March 2014

In Memory of Dr. Lee Lorch

I am saddened by the passing of Dr. Lorch.  He was simply a wonderful man whose dedication ending segregation and promote equal rights for all was immeasurable.  I had the great pleasure and opportunity to meet and connect with him during a program for women in mathematics several years ago.  To listen to him talk was like watching the cosmos - lots of energy, history, and promise.

An obituary for Dr. Lorch appeared in yesterday's NY Times.  Click here to read. 


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7 comments:

  1. This man's courageous life reminds me of an Albert Einstein quote: "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly. "

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    1. I LOVE this quote. Being a math nerd, I have always admired Einstein. I have a little notebook with his picture on it that I use often. Thank you so much for sharing. I now have copy of this quote to keep.

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  2. Amazing man! Such a blessing that you got to meet him in person.

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    1. Indeed, he was a great spirit.

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  3. I have often thought, over the last twelve months since I started blogging, that only 50 years ago we may not have been chatting. What a sad thought. I can remember, about age 10, thinking how horrible apartheid was. He looks a lovely man - reminds me of my father, now dead (not inside me though).

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    1. I know, Sarah. It wasn't long ago at all. Dr. Lorch's efforts will live on and through those whose lives he changed and in those whose hearts he touched.

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  4. Sarah,
    Like you, I am saddened having only just read the passing of Lee Lorch and then listening to and watching a documentary 'Conversations with Lee Lorch' which is posted on Youtube.
    I also met him a number of times several years ago when he and I met attending lectures open to all at the Science, Technology Studies Seminar series at York University in Toronto. It was an enormous pleasure to witness him ask ever so warmly, calmly and dignified, yet right to the essence of the topic, a question/or give his perhaps contrary opinion pertinent to the presentation that revealed his amazing intelligence.Yes, he was a great spirit and yes, it was a blessing to converse with him, and yes, be touched in my heart.
    Sarah, I discovered your tribute in my sorrow, reading of this great and kind man.
    I thank you as a kindred spirit (I sew too),
    and pray, his memory be a blessing to all,
    Lynda (Toronto, Canada)

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