Although Sam and I did not quite overlap at Gatsby it has always felt to me like we did. This is because Sam was such a central part of the extended Gatsby-Toronto research family, and because of the way he selflessly gave so much of himself, his time and his ideas to everyone he met.
Without fail, whenever I met Sam he would be incredibly excited to tell me and others about a new computational trick he had just learnt, or a great paper that he had just read. Wearing a wide-eyed grin and with a slightly manic laugh he would reach for a pen and paper and I would be hooked. In these moments his enthusiasm was so genuine and encompassing that you could not help but be inspired.
Like others posting here, one of the last times I saw Sam was when he was visiting Cambridge for the Newton Institute program. A number of us met with Sam and Meredith for brunch outside on a (rare for England) glorious summer’s day.
Sam will be missed immensely by all who knew him. My thoughts are with his family.
Sam Roweis died unexpectedly on January 12, 2010.
He was a truly wonderful person; a beloved son, husband and father; and a treasured friend and colleague.
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