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Memory from José Rivera

I remember like it was yesterday when this young man from Poland was first introduced to me. OMG, he was so stiff that I thought he was about to crack and I wondered how my daughter would make out with this young man. I learned later that the stiffness was actually an overabundance of courtesy and respect for my role. I was blown away. He never lost that special respect for me as a father figure even long after we had attempted to measure each other which glasses of potato vodka.  

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Neil Cohn Remembers Martin on his blog

It’s taken me a bit to get to the point to be able to write something, but my dear friend Martin Paczynski passed away last week, and I’ve written a memorial for him on my blog. There, I cover the more scholarly aspects of our relationship. I leave out the more personal… Like his inspiring my love of cycling, or how we’d do push ups in our office every hour on the hour. Or how he was my first and most devoted Soo Bahk Do student, the only to reach “black” belt, and always the one who held watermelons for me to kick or punch through. Or how he was always there for me with an open ear or warm hug during...

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Memories from Elizabeth Auld

In looking for pictures of Martin, Picasa’s “people” function showed me about 50 shots of him.  It was like watching him in person, the expressions changed from photo to photo, sometimes slightly.  It was a wonderful reminder of his many facets which I won’t try to en umerate here.   I’m pleased with the pictures I found but disappointed also: the best picture may not even exist although it must because the image is so clear in my head.  It must have been the time I met Martin, so during Marta’s year at Vassar.  They were in the middle of the kitchen in the house in Marlboro where Judy and I grew up.  Playful young people, they were passing or...

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Remembering Martin from Wright State University

I was Martin’s colleague and supervisor here at Wright State University, where we worked closely together up until the time he passed away. Martin was one of the first people hired into our new group last January. We were excited to have someone with his impressive research pedigree and breadth of background (from psycholinguistics to machine learning to neurophysiology) joining our team. From the start, Martin stood out as a deep and independent thinker, as well as a conscientious scientist whose integrity was obvious to anyone who worked with him. He had a special talent for going against the grain without ever being abrasive. I only knew Martin for a year, but that was long enough to appreciate his unfailingly...