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August 26, 2012
What a wonderful photograph of Ed. This picture captures his warm and happy smile and reminds me of many fun times we had. What I will remember from my visits to Ed and Renee in NYC is his amazing ability to come home from a full day of serious scholarly discussions and quickly transform and enjoy the most light-hearted un-scholarly banter about my work in the hair salon industry. Or he might converse happily with Paul over their shared appreciation for major league baseball. Ed was so smart and science minded but also soft hearted and playful ... and never a snob. I will remember nights of theatre and after theatre dinners spent debating the merits of the acting or the meaning behind the story. I will remember his pride when speaking of Ben and Audrey. I will remember his deep love and affection for Renee. We will remember Ed with fondness and affection -- always.
August 24, 2012
Many of his most recent students are grieving and have not yet spoken, but I'll write something on behalf of the students at Columbia. Ed was a marvelous person and the kindest, most generous teacher one could hope for. Ed had a unique way of gently encouraging us to think critically and be clear in our logic; one found that he truly listened to us, and met us fully on our level. When our logic was faulty or we were unclear, Ed would ask gentle questions that never put us on the defensive, but rather helped us reframe our explanations with greater clarity. Ed's reliable warmth and generosity lit up Columbia's Psychology department, and I - and so many of my peers - feel so fortunate to have trained with him. He was deeply inspirational to so many of us, and is truly missed.
August 23, 2012
To Ed's family and loved ones, my deepest condolences. Ed had an extraordinary intellect and was a most inspiring, caring, and genuine person. As his doctoral student, I benefited in so many ways from his mentorship. I am privileged to have worked closely with Ed and to have considered him both my advisor and my dear friend. The field has lost a treasure.
August 22, 2012
For those of us interested in the mind's categories and concepts, Ed was a giant. For those of us lucky enough to have known him, Ed was a sweetheart – generous, supportive, and funny to boot. He will be missed.
August 22, 2012
Ed, you were part of my second family. I miss you, and I love you. Knowing your gone is a sincere loss.
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