The Department of Statistics is very sorry to share the sad news that our friend and colleague Charles Stein died in his sleep on the night of November 24th. After the loss of his wife Margaret in September, our hearts remain with his children and other family during this period of overwhelming loss.
Reflecting on the recent Thanksgiving holiday, it seems appropriate to give thanks to have had the chance to know a man of such outstanding intellectual acumen, an original and independent thinker, and a person exceptionally true to himself and his science. Charles' work and collegiality were an inspiration to many, and the reason why many of us made statistics our profession. His example and influence will surely continue to inspire generations to come.