I've just learned that Barkley Rosser, the mainstay of this blog, died yesterday. I'd crossed paths with him in Madison, WI in the early 70s and then reconnected in the late 1980s, even coauthoring a paper with his wife Marina in 1990 (I think).
Barkley and I would get together for a meal most years during the economics meetings. He was a human tornado, quick and vociferous, backed up by a vault of reading, study and thinking. He was uncommonly wide-ranging: although his reputation rested primarily on his work in complexity theory and nonlinear dynamics, he was a textbook coauthor in comparative systems and served as editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Of course, if you read his blog posts here, you would know how wide his horizons were.
Bark had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh, and was optimistic despite his cynicism. He went out of his way to help others. Given his never-ending intensity, I'm glad his heart held out for this long.
One of the sadder parts of aging is having to say final goodbye's to so many people who have meant so much. Bye Bark.