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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I had the pleasure of meeting Simon when he was on sabbatical at the University of Michigan and then had the opportunity to work for him in LASR at The University of Chicago. In 2 years, he taught me more than I could ever imagine.

While mortality is in the cards for us all, you never can actually believe that personalities such as Simon's are subject to it until they are gone. My last converstations with him were about 3 years ago, and I had no idea he was so sick. This news has left a whole in my heart that presently seems irrepairable. Simon, you will be missed.


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I was deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Simon. We worked closely together for about three years when he became a post-grad in Bristol. It is to my lasting regret that we never quite managed to meet up again over the last few years - we lost touch for ages when he moved to Chicago.

Simon used to tell terrible stories about when he was a teenager - he claimed he was a "bovver boy" I almost believed him!

We decided to go for a sail on the sea at Portishead, close to Bristol, one afternoon. I was an confident but incompetent sailor. Simon egged me on.

The weather conditions were terrible - I managed to capsize the boat and we were unable to right it again. Neither of us was properly dressed - we were in very cold water being swept out to sea in the second strongest tide in the World!

We were rescued and brought ashore by a passing dinghy.

I am sure that everyone who was at all close to Simon will have fond memories.


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It was my great pleasure to count Simon as a teacher, colleague, and friend. He was unquestionably a great scientist, a leader in cosmic ray and gamma ray astrophysics, but at least as importantly he was a great person. I value the music and science discussions we had, playing darts in little southwestern towns on balloon campaign, and the plots I have borrowed from him.

As a beginning graduate student, Simon was the first of my professors that I knew outside of the classes and research. We would run into each other at midnight in the grocery store when his twins were young.

My condolences to the family. There are a lot of people out here who will remember Simon fondly.


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we were shocked very much with the sad news on Simon.
He was one of the leading scientists in cosmic ray physics and gamma ray astronomy.
We knew him very well as the Spokesperson of the VERITAS project, which is now blooming with a lot of first class physics results in the high energy gamma ray astronomy.
We would like to say, with his cheerful character and sincere attitude to physics he was respected and loved by many scientists world wide.
We regret very much for loosing a good friend as colleagues working in the same field of physics.

We give a deep condolence to his family and the VERITAS collaboration.

sincerely,

Mose Mariotti, Spokesperson of the MAGIC collaboration
Masahiro Teshima, Chair of the MAGIC collaboration


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it is a real pity that Simon passed away so young. I liked very much his great personality and also his sincere attitude to the science. I heard and worried about his sickness and hoped his early recovery.

I was terribly shocked with this sad news and I would like to give my deep condolence to Simon's family and colleagues.

sincerely,
Masahiro


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Working with Simon was an honor and a pleasure. Although I did not know him as long or as well as many of the others here, I am very fortunate for the amount I did. Simon was amazingly knowledgeable, thoughtful, funny and kind. He is missed.

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It is very hard to find the words. Simon combined sheer intelligence, irreverence and humor better than anyone else I’ve known. He could be cryptic in his advice: when our first daughter was born, he congratulated me with a hug, then backed up, looked at me in the eye and uttered: “you are going to be sicker than you’ve ever been before”. That winter, six colds in a row later, I understood his words of wisdom. From Simon I also learned that “it is not enough to succeed, others must fail”. From every interaction with him I walked away with something to chew on. He will be remembered and sorely missed for many, many years to come.

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We often speak of scientific relationships in terms of family ties; Simon was my big brother. His relaxed but intent focus kept the physics at the center of the discussion. We often joked that we'd had every deep discussion on cosmic rays that could be contemplated, which meant that our conversations drifted to the incomprehensible to those who hadn't shared or experiences in the field on HEAT and other experiments. I will especially miss his scientific insights and his unique sense of humor.

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Simon's sharp wit and wisdom were truly unique. He could immediately see to the heart of a scientific matter and express his thoughts eloquently and simply. I learned to listen carefully to whatever he said, because I was sure to learn something from it. I admired him enormously, and the world is a lesser place without him.

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Guess I should think more about the great joy and honor for being able to know him - then sob for the lost. May you rest in peace. You were my hero and savior. Thanks a lot.

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