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.