Rest in Peace, Lew

It was just a week ago, a bright Wednesday afternoon, that we walked in the parking lot together after the SETI board meeting, you rushing off to your next meeting. "I'm really sorry", you said. "We'll definitely get together soon and finish the conversation." And then I got the terrible news Friday morning. We won't complete that talk, but I've got something important for you to hear. I need you to hear what you've meant to me. To thank you for your keen insight, encouragement, friendship and mentoring you have given me over the past couple of years. Even in the middle of all the events at Boeing, you spent the time and energy with us at the Institute. There is a huge smile on my face remembering our trip up to Hat Creek in Jack's plane, tromping around the observatory, and trying to invent an on-the-fly wind vibration solution. And I always cherish the primer on Italian wines you sketched out for me on the back of a wine list.

But more than anything, I'd like you know what a truly caring, compassionate human being you've been. A Fortune 100 CEO who drives his own car, and stops on mountain roads to help others fix their flats. You are a Good Soul, my friend.

Rest in Peace, Lew Platt.

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