I was with a group of teachers who visitied the Archosaur site. I met Derek and was immediately impressed by his genuine love of what he did and willingness to teach others in "laymens" terms. He will be missed.
I am only just now reading that Dr. Main has died. I met him at one of his energetic lectures on the Arlington Archosaurus (forgive me if I've misspelled it). He was so young and enthusiastic. His death is truly a loss for our community.
Derek a unique individual. Whenever I hear about Saturn, or other topics he spoke about in class (2012) "I think of Dr.Main a lasting memory of dedication."
I think... Derek Main's presence on Earth... And with his means of sharing knowledge and awareness with so much enthusiasm and purpose... More so than effectively 98% of EVERYONE I have known in 50 years of life (on Earth)... I reason that given any "Hero" in history, that one would want to talk with... Be it a religious hero, inspirational hero, Ghandhi, John Wayne or The Guy Who Cures Cancer... It's a long shot to not think any one of them is sitting in a circle in the dirt listening to Derek.
If one believes in the "Larger Picture Concept," there is nothing that supports that idea more than to see a Great Man, in Earthly standards, be memorialized in such the way that he has... while thinking about the ending of "2001: A Space Odyssey," and to a lesser extent, V'Ger. (if one has listened to his lecture... Those references are clear.)
Live Long Derek! Rust Never Sleeps!
Derek's passing was grieved deeply, and his life was remembered fondly tonight at the Dallas Paleo Society meeting. Prayers that Derek's family can treasure the memories of his scientific and people passions. Derek was one in a million.
My deepest sympathy to those dear to you. You facilitated learning for so many. I understood much more from your explanations than I had ever learned from books. Thank you for those field experiences!
Derek was a bright, enthusiastic young man with great positive energy. He was well liked by everyone who knew him at the Dallas Musuem of Natural History, the Dallas Paleo Society and throughout the Geology/Paleontology circles locally. I always enjoyed seeing him when our paths crossed and catching up. He will be greatly missed.
I only met Derek once when my daughter Melissa asked us to go on a "Dino Dig" with her and when I met Derek I knew that he was a special human being. I am honored that I had the opportunity to be at the service in Irving this weekend and will never forget how much fun we had that day back in 2010 and my husband Mark had actually found a crocodile tooth that we showed to Derek. My thoughts and prayers goes out to the Main family and to Deborah. May God Bless you all in your time of sorrow. Kathleen Gloekler
Derek, you will never know the impact you have made on your students. Not only have you taught us about dinosaurs in your class, but you have inspired us to fall in love with them by digging at the site. I am honored to not only know you as my professor, but to also call you my friend. Debora and the Main family, you will be in my prayers.
I worked with Derek at the Dallas Museum of Natural History and kept up with him over the years. Such a remarkable life cut short! So much more that he could have done for science.
Derek was a standup guy who will be missed by one and all. Our prayers go out to his friends and family in this time off loss.
I'll miss having you come into the testing center and kidding around with me and the staff.My heart goes out to you and your family.
Thank you for sharing your passion with us. In doing so, you created a community,a family, that would not have existed if it weren't for you. You have made the world a better place.
Dr. Main was an amazing and inspiring teacher and welcomed anyone with a hunger to learn. My deepest sympathies to his fiance, family and close friends.
For the one class I had you in, I learned a lot. The trip out to the dino site was fun. You will be missed.
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
you are loved by so many...
We saw Derek at the end of April 2013 and met his lovely mother that day at the AAS,I remember the great times we all had in Big Bend. I liked Derek the minute we met.He was someone to watch. My family's prayers and condolescences to all who loved him. Larry Millar
Derek made Paleontology and Geology cool. He was our grad assistant in Geology and a truly genuine human being. He led by his passion and we followed. You remembered a man like Derek. He will be missed.
Our sympathies and prayers are with his family and friends.
Derek, words simply can't express the grief we all feel at your passing. Yet, words also can't express all the gratitude we have for all you did for UTA, the AAS, and education outreach during your far too short time here.
Our prayers go out to Deborah, both your families, and all your friends and colleagues during this most difficult time.
You will be missed by so many.. You were a true leader..
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
So sad. Such a huge loss to our school and community. Rest in peace, Derek. My prayers go out for the family and friends.