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August 22, 2012
THE LOSS OF OUR DEAR COUSIN ED, IS NOT ONLY A PERSONAL LOSS, BUT ALSO A LOSS TO THE WORLD OF HIS BRILLIANT MIND.
August 22, 2012
Ed was, and always will be, my prototype of a clear-eyed seeker after truth.
August 22, 2012
A wonderful teacher, scientist and man. His work on normal and disordered brain function was a great credit to Columbia and the entire field.
August 21, 2012
What a delight it was to see Ed Smith at Columbia, 20 years after I took his introduction to cognitive science course at the University of Michigan as an undergrad. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to take him aside at that moment and tell him how influential his lectures on categorization and visual perception were for me so many years ago. Since then, whether in the halls of NYSPI or in the subway, he would offer straight advice to me with humor and great kindness.
August 21, 2012
Ed was one of those rare people who made a huge contribution to a field and was also genuinely helpful to everyone around him, including new people just starting out. His intellect and his spirit will be missed.
August 21, 2012
I knew Ed Smith since I was a nobody and he showed me that a Stanford professor could be warm and respectful to a lowly graduate student. Since then I was privileged to have him as a colleague at MIT for a few years and as a lifelong friend. Aside from being an erudite and wise cognitive psychologist, Ed was warm, funny, unpretentious, and generous. He proved that you can be both a great scientist and a wonderful human being.
August 21, 2012
Ed was generous with his knowledge and his time. He taught me the meaning of cognitive dissonance. He is missed.
August 21, 2012
Ed was a remarkable man, generous with his ideas and smile, nurturing of students and colleagues. The heavens are a bit darker now with his star gone.
August 20, 2012
I was so fortunate to have Ed as my advisor when I was a graduate student at Stanford in the 1970's, and as a mentor and friend for many years. While the obituary captures his impressive career, it needs to also be said that Ed was a very kind, caring and generous man, with great warmth and wit. I know I'm only one of a great many who both admired him as a scholar and cherished him as a dear friend. As we would say in our mutual home town of Brooklyn, Ed was a true mensch--a real human being worthy of being admired and emulated.
August 20, 2012
I did not know Ed as well as others in the department, but my interactions with him showed me how much fun and how warm he was. Last year, Ed took the time to meet up with me in Cambridge and we spent a few hours together with his son. We were both looking forward to collaborating when I arrived in NYC and he promised to show me some of his favorite Jazz Clubs. I'm sad that I never got to collaborate with him and that I did not get to know him better.