Memories of Simon Swordy


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any memorial contributions be sent to:
The Simon Swordy Memorial Fund
The University of Chicago Medical Center Development Office
1170 E. 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Attn: Amanda Butchko





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Simon was a great man, a bright and witty mind, an outstanding scientist and ... a remarkable guitar player. It was a real privilege to know him and it is very hard for me to have to accept that he was given such a short time in life.
Somebody wrote that, immortality lies not in the things you leave behind, but in the people your life has touched.
I am sure Simon will live in our memories. We will miss him.


Added: October 18, 2010
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I was a brother in law to Simon and have known him from the time he met his wife Jo my sister in the late !970's. I knew him to be an extraordinary funny and brilliant man who was devoted to his wife and family. He had an amazing wit and ability to explain his much loved science to any interested lay person, such as myself, with clarity and a total lack of patronage. He is deeply missed.

Added: October 17, 2010
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Added: October 16, 2010
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I just learned of Simon's passing this morning. Last we talked, he was in good spirits, looking forward and enthusiastic as always. This is a sad loss for those who knew him, even casually.

Simon was a lovely person and a valued member of the community, and one of the people who held the university together, not just by service but by his good nature and wit. It was a pleasure seeing Simon on campus and stopping to chat about the traffic or curriculum when we would cross paths. Back in Oak Park, I was always hoping to run into him at the farmers' market or in town as well. He could brighten your day in a few seconds.

My sincere condolences to his family, students and colleagues for your loss.


Added: September 10, 2010
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I was saddened to hear of Simon’s passing. The main connection between Simon and me was during faculty meetings, where I learned to appreciate Simon’s setting a pleasant collegial tone, and where his sense of humor along with that marvelous accent --- or more accurately lack of an accent --- in the English language stood him in good stead. We all will miss him. I extend my heartfelt condolences to Simon’s family.

Added: August 4, 2010
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I'm deeply shocked and very saddened to learn about the loss of Simon. I was optimistically looking forward to other meetings and other discussions...
I met Simon for the first time when he visited Roma
in the 80's. I was immediately impressed by his
scientific competence, his kindness in discussing with an unexperienced colleague, but also for his human sensitivity, and the broadness of his interests.
Each occasion to meet Simon in the following years,
has been a pleasure and an occasion to learn.
In more recent time I had the pleasure of working with Simonin the Cosmic Ray commission, where he acted as chairperson with all his remarkable qualities.
All our community benefited from his efforts.
We needed him to be with us. We will greatly miss him


Added: August 1, 2010
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Dear Simon,

I just cannot believe you left us so soon. No words can express how sad I am.
I am not ready to say good bye. I do not know how to say good bye.
I can still hear the giggles around your witty jokes.
I can still see the sparkles in the eyes of yours and those who listen to you.
It was such an honor to work with you on CREAM.
You were the one I wanted to talk to whenever I had to make critical decisions.
You were the one who always made difficult things so easy.
I am sorry I had no chance to say thank you before you go.
I am so sorry I have not done anything for you to stay longer.
We will miss you so.

Until we meet again,
Eun-Suk


Added: July 31, 2010
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To the family,

We are deeply saddened over this tremendous loss. Among many other accomplishments Simon made, the success of CREAM could not have been possible without him. It was such an honor to work with him on CREAM. It is impossible to overstate how much we, the CREAM collaboration, respected him, and relied on him. This is a painful loss for the cosmic-ray community not only in this country but also in the whole world. He is remembered warmly and his achievements and legacy will continue to inspire and guide his friends and colleagues. I wish there was something I could say to lessen your pain. If there is anything we can do for you, we are here.

Eun-Suk Seo
on behalf of the CREAM collaboration


Added: July 31, 2010
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Dear Colleagues and friends,

Here is a quote from E. Kubler-Ross: “I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.”

Let’s launch a large – 40 million cubic ft – balloon in Antarctica this year for CREAM-VI in memory of Simon and to celebrate his successful life.

Another quote from E. Kubler-Ross: “Death is the great clarifier; it shows us what is important.”

My heart goes out to all who feel this loss,
Eun-Suk


Added: July 31, 2010
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Happenstance was the force behind meeting Simon a few years ago. I was invited to a small but high-level meeting at EFI for which I had no valid qualifications except good luck and a 35-year amateur interest in physics. In theory, Simon should not have had the time of day for me, but he did have, more than generously, a lot of time for me, which lead to a friendly on-going dialogue on various subjects. He eventually invited me to his office, the scientific portion of the VERITAS inauguration, and a night of observation with him at VERITAS in Arizona. After witnessing a muon artifact, the 2nd-most-interesting thing that happened that night was a teleconference with his family while they coped with having locked themselves out of the master bedroom. Then we watched a comedy video. “Now you know what observation is really like,” he joked. I’d like to express my deepest sympathy to that family, and profound gratitude for the opportunity to know Simon and learn so much from him.

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