If you haven’t heard the news, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you. Today Ray von Dran, Dean of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies died. It was quite sudden, and quite a shock. In the coming days there will be stories, remembrances and accolades remembering a man who made such a difference in our lives and the field. Tonight, however, there is only great sadness.
When my father passed away he was surrounded by friends and family. The room was filled with equal parts laughter and tears. It was then I realized that the amount of sadness we feel at a person’s death is equal to the joy the brought into our lives. With Ray, there will be a great deal of laughter and grief. In many ways, when my father died, Ray von Dran stepped in.
Good bye Ray. I can never thank you for all you did for me. You shall be long remembered.