Joe Stevens was both a scholar and gentleman. When I first began as a postdoctoral student coming from California, and never living in the Northeast, Joe greeted me as a true peer even though he was even then an exceptionally world renown scientist in psychophysics. Through the years as I began a career up the academic ladder, he always gave me sound advice about research methods, ways to handle academic challenges, and other matters even though I was in a totally different discipline than his. We had lively discussions about who really was Shakespeare and this was most fun. After leaving Yale, I would always remember his sage advice in my other jobs: “deal with each difficult problem daily at the research lab but go home to enjoy the fruits of another life.” J.B. Pierce Lab and Yale and all of us surely lost and grand and humble man. My condolences are directed to all of his family.