I met Sam in the late 90's and was amazed by his enthusiasm, his intuitions, and his intellect. Sam had a unique ability to ask the right question or find the right metaphor. He could make a complicated topic feel like child's play by giving you the right frame of mind to approach it.
Sam's generosity and friendship will be missed. I remember how helpful he was when I was finishing my PhD and interviewing for jobs. Sam was also on the job market at the time and we met and exchanged notes often. I remember being completely panic-stricken back then but Sam was so down to earth and supportive throughout it all even though he was going through the same strains.
Last November, we chatted at the New York Academy of Sciences and, as always, Sam asked great questions from the audience. His questions were legendary because they were always thought-provoking and inspired everyone to contribute. I was excited that he had moved to New York and was looking forward to working with him. Sam was a source of brilliance and teamwork in our field. There was so much still left to learn from him.
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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