, summing up the wisdom accrued on her journey literally rebuilding new dreams after her husband, Randy Pausch, succumbed to pancreatic cancer at 47.
Randy Pausch was an acclaimed Carnegie Mellon professor and author of the best seller , a book that emerged out of a Carnegie Mellon lecture series of the same name.
He was a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, and authored the book The Last Lecture. Together, they had three children: Chloe, Dylan and Logan.
He was a professor at Carnegie Mellon, where famous director Albert Brooks once studied.
"Make me earn it," he mock-chided them, urging them to sit. But Pausch's memory -- thanks to his book (since translated into 30 languages), Web diary and television appearances -- belongs to a larger community now.
Most people would consider themselves fortunate at the end of their lives to have made just one important contribution to society.
Pausch died last July of pancreatic cancer at age 47. Future generations of CMU students and faculty, Cohon predicted, will walk across that bridge and wonder just who was Randy Pausch.
He lived an extraordinary life, and in dying he inspired others on how to live. Added Cohon, proudly: "We will tell them."Certainly, there was no institution that Pausch cared more about or identified more strongly with than Carnegie Mellon University.
Unlike health care workers who deal with sickness and dying on a regular basis and have a network of other professionals that they can share their experiences with, Jai had no one.
Over the course of his career, he had co-founded CMU's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) in collaboration with his colleague Don Marinelli.
His career was in full-swing when in September 2006 he started suffering from severe health problems.
For the series, speakers were asked what they'd tell their students if, hypothetically, they knew they were going to die.
In Randy Pausch's case, there was nothing hypothetical: He had just been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.