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Carnegie Mellon Celebrates the Life of Randy Pausch
September 22 Event will be Streamed Live on ABCNews.com
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will celebrate the life of Professor Randy Pausch with a special memorial event at 4:30 p.m., September 22. Pausch, a beloved professor who became famous worldwide for his inspirational "Last Lecture," died July 25 at age 47 of pancreatic cancer.
"Remembering Randy: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Randy Pausch" will include recollections and tributes from a number of Pausch's friends and colleagues. Attendance in Rangos Hall of Carnegie Mellon's University Center will be by invitation only, but the entire event will be streamed live on ABCNews.com.
"We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection for Randy and the deep sense of loss felt by so many of the people who came to know our friend and colleague over the past 11 months," said Jared L. Cohon, Carnegie Mellon president. "We wish we could accommodate everybody who would like to attend this event, but the size of even the biggest room on campus, not to mention our limited parking, makes that impossible. By making live streaming video available, we hope that everyone can join us as a virtual community."
The university is encouraging its schools and colleges to organize their own gatherings of students, faculty and staff to watch the webcast on ABCNews.com, and hopes that friends of Randy elsewhere in Pittsburgh and across the country do likewise.
Like the video of Pausch's Sept. 18, 2007 lecture, video of the memorial event will be posted soon afterward on the Carnegie Mellon channels of YouTube and iTunesU. The video also will be available at http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/LastLecture.
Information about Pausch, his lecture and the Sept. 22 celebration is available at www.cmu.edu/randyslecture. Links to the webcast on ABCNews.com also will be available at this site.
Pausch, who earned his doctorate in computer science at Carnegie Mellon in 1988, joined the faculty with appointments in the Computer Science Department, the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and the School of Design in 1997. A popular professor who encouraged artistic and technical people to work collaboratively, he was known in academia for co-founding the pioneering Entertainment Technology Center and for creating the innovative educational software tool known as "Alice."
Pausch gained his greatest fame for his life-affirming "Last Lecture," which he delivered to his students and colleagues a few weeks after learning he had just months to live. Intended as a roadmap for his three young children, the talk included his insights on finding the good in other people, working hard to overcome obstacles and living generously. Video of the lecture has been viewed by millions of people over the Internet and later was the basis for a book, "The Last Lecture," that became an international bestseller. He was the subject of an hour-long ABC News Primetime special and appeared twice on the Oprah Winfrey Show. ABC News declared him one of three "Persons of the Year" for 2007 and TIME magazine named him to its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Note to reporters, assignment editors: Media access to Rangos Hall during the memorial service will be limited. Journalists who are planning to cover this event must contact Ken Walters or Byron Spice at Carnegie Mellon no later than September 17.