Though I did not know Sam nearly as well as many others, I did have the pleasure and honor of talking with Sam numerous times and, through our many mutual friends, I've always felt quite close. Three recollections. To this day Sam's humorous, energetic, and brilliantly clear thesis defense presentation is one of the very best I've ever seen. Sam had a rare gift for being able to convey difficult concepts in simple, every day terms that allowed many of us to learn easily. Second, Sam always had an infectious smile on his face, a big bounce in his step, time to think and talk, and I'll always remember his Caltech days as ones filled with dreams and possibilities. Finally, I last saw and talked with Sam at Google. While work chat was fun and he clearly was having a great time, what stood out was the beaming pride he had when talking about his new roles as a husband and father. I will miss him greatly.
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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