Elizabeth Garret, Cornell's 13th and the first female president, has passed away recently. Before starting her new position, she severed as Provost at the University of Southern California. The fact that she recently started this new chapter in her life only amplifies the tragedy.
Here's my eulogy, a eulogy from an engineer:
import Universe.University as University import Universe.Earth.UnitedStates.NewYork.Ithaca as Ithaca import Universe.Humans.Person as Person ''' The history ''' ezra = Person(1807, "Ezra Cornell") cornell = University(1865, ezra, Ithaca) Universe.time.flow(5) # 5 years later, 1870 cornell.admission.admit_female = True # first to admit female students in the Ivies Universe.time.flow(93) # in 1963 beth = Person(1963, "Helen Elizabeth Garrett") Universe.time.flow(52) # in 2015 cornell.administration.president = beth cornell.administration.female_president = True # Cornell's first female president ''' The tragedy ''' beth.cancer = True # a tragedy comes up beth.strong = True # she fought hard and did not give up weill = cornell.college.weill try: weill.doctors.surgery(beth) beth.cancer = False except: cornell.president = None ''' Today ''' if not beth: for person in cornell.community: person.mood = sad # we mourn her death person.memory.append(beth) # each of us honor her in our memory while cornell: # as long as Cornell exists try: cornell.community = True # our community stands strong cornell.challenge() # and we challenge——even in difficult times except: cornell.try_again() # we do not give up—-just like she did not cornell.inspirations += 1 # Elizabeth Garrett, June 30, 1963 – March 6, 2016. RIP. # 2016-03-08 JSK