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From S. Feferman at 3rd Annual CSLI Workshop on Logic, Rationality, and Interaction, May 31, 2014

        Many of you have heard that Grisha Mints died two days ago; he was just 
short of the age of 75. As his friend and one of his closest colleagues at 
Stanford, the organizers asked me to say a few words before we begin this 
morning’s session.
        In the last week of April, Grisha was hospitalized with pneumonia 
immediately after his return from a conference in Russia. A day later he had 
a stroke from which he never recovered. 
        Understandably, this has been an agonizing period for his wife and family, 
and I was deeply affected by the ordeal that Grisha and they were going 
through. I should not have been surprised, but in fact I was floored when I 
got the news of his death, because somehow I had expected him to recover.
        Grisha came to Stanford in 1991 and has been one of the mainstays of the 
logic program in the Philosophy Department, and his influence was felt 
in the Mathematics and Computer Science departments as well. He was 
especially important for the teaching of advanced courses and directing 
graduate student work, but he also enjoyed giving Freshman seminars. We 
worked closely side by side in the logic seminar and on all matters having 
to do with the status of logic here. In his active research up to the last, he 
helped maintain Stanford as one of the leading centers in the world for proof 
theory. His passing will leave a hole that will be very hard to fill.
And Grisha’s passing will leave a big void in my life. I am going to miss 
him, but one thing I’m unsure whether I will miss is the joke that he had for 
every occasion, always translated from the Russian. The punch lines always 
baffled me, but I would chuckle politely alongside his great laugh.
As you may know, Grisha was scheduled to speak in this morning’s session 
devoted to proof theory, along with our dear old friends and colleagues, 
Yiannis Moschovakis and Bill Tait. When it became clear how serious his 
condition was, I was asked to take his place, and of course I was honored to 
do so.
        Would that it were otherwise.

Thank you.
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