My web postings have paused in order to remember and celebrate the life and contributions of my collegeaue and dear friend Distinguished Professor Emeritus George Klir.

George died unexpectedly at the age of 84 on Friday, May 27.

A long time professor of Systems Science at Binghamton University he received his PhD in computer science from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and while at the Czech Technical University, he worked with computer pioneer Dr. Antonin Svoboda. Professor Klir authored over 300 articles and 16 books. He has also edited 10 books and had been editor of the International Journal of General Systems since 1974 and the International Book Series on Systems Science and Systems Engineering since 1985. He was also president of SGSR (1981-82), IFSR (1980-84), NAFIPS (1988-1991) and IFSA (1993-1995). He just completed a new book with Radim Belohlavek and Joseph Dauben - Fuzzy Logic and Mathematics: A Historical Perspective (currently with the publisher Oxford University Press) .

I was privileged to have known George the past 20 plus years. He was my dissertation advisor and instructor. His areas of study are listed as - Fuzzy Logic, General Systems Theory, and Generalized Information Theory. He advised me in researching the later but it was in the area of General Systems Theory that I really came to understand where his energy in approach stemmed. Here was a world renowned researcher in his field taking the time every weekend for two and a half years to guide me through my research while I was working full time and raising a family. His patience, forbearance, and boundless energy always left me leaving our meetings with newly formed optimism and enthusiasm.

My wife, Nancy, and I have kept in contact over the years meeting George and his wife, Milena, every Christmas season. I would make my grandmother's Ukrainian pierogi, Milena would prepare specialty caraway, poppy seed, and and parmesan crackers, and we would enjoy our holiday visit with a glass of George's favorite California wine.

To quote the American philosopher William James "The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one." A personal goal fulfilled — I really loved this good man.