Computer pioneer, mathematician, educator, mentor, and friend Wally Feurzeig passed away on January 4. Wally was a key member of the small team that created the LOGO educational programming languages in the 60s. I' was privileged to know him and his lovely wife Nanni for over 15 years. Wally would listen patiently anc carefully to my various enthusiasms about math education, and always find something incredibly helpful to say, or introduce me to others from his circle such as Victor Gutenmacher and the late Oliver Selfridge who really expanded my understanding of what mathematics education could be. My wife Leslie and I were grateful for invitations to a Monday evening dinner that was cooked by his lovely wife Nanni, and featured some of their fascinating friends.
You can read about some of Wally's accomplishments on Wikipedia, but I just wanted to record a few personal remembrances here.
I am feeling the loss of a kind, gentle, and most intelligent man. We will not see Wally's like again.