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July 27, 2012
Prof. Paxson's courses on Chaucer and the Literature of Science were the two most impactful courses I have ever taken. That was six years ago. Somehow, I still know the general prologue to the Canterbury Tales by heart, and find that I recite it every once in a while out of the blue. Each time, I have in mind Paxson's bold pronunciation of the Middle English, open book in hand, striding between the aisles of desks. I was looking for his email address just now, but found this obituary instead. I was going to thank him for providing such a powerful creative avenue for expression in those undergrad classes, and to tell him that I am about to defend my PhD thesis in Volcanology on Monday. He would have thought that was pretty cool. I know that Paxson's unabashed enthusiasm for all things communicated in scientific language has stuck with me, and I feel incredibly privileged to have known such an inspiring man.
February 24, 2012
Recently (Feb 2012) I came across Prof. Paxson's study of Kepler's Somnium. I wanted to know about his more recent work and the internet trail led me to this poignant but noble obituary of a good scholar of literature and science and a good family man.

Dr Stephen Pumfrey (History of Science, Lancaster University, U.K..)
June 06, 2011
I only took one survey class in Old English with Professor Paxson, and I can say with the conviction of a labored and tried student that Jim's intellect challenged his warmth, his warmth shepherded me through one of the most trying periods of my life, and now that my life has softened it will be my honor to work with gratitude to strengthen the legacy of a man I didn't know well but knew proudly. If Jim's knowledge was bequeathed to our world in his passing, then many problems will be soon solved.You are all in my thoughts.
May 11, 2011
Mrs.Paxston,
There are no words to express to you my deepest sympathy for both Jimmy and Jerry. They were two very different guys with very different ideals. However,they both were very loved in our little neighborhood on south chicot avenue in west islip...We all have shared a very common bond living on that block....the childhood memories with your boys are etched in our hearts forever....may the good Lord hold you in his arms and comfort you all the days of your life.
your old neighbor,
MaryJude Anderson
March 08, 2011
Professor Paxson, you changed my life by giving both courage and inspiration. My career choice and much of the person I am, I attribute to you and your teachings. How rare a person you were, how marvelous an example you are. You will never be forgotten.
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