I am in shock. Roger was my closest friend at Brooklyn College, the University of Rochester, and for many years afterwards, though we lost touch, for the most part, after I moved to Texas in 1978. We were inseparable at Brooklyn College. We met shortly after his father Jacob died in Freshman year, and he then became a fixture in our home, becoming also close with my own dad. We did everything together, seeing plays and films, going to museums engaging in long philosophical discussions. Our personalities balanced each other out. His social connections were few, mine were many; he went deep into literary and philosophical matters. I went broad.I will always treasure his memory. He was truly an original. My condolences to his family, especially to his brother, Bruce, of whom I am very fond.