hasta luego, Susie!

I just heard that our dear, dear friend Susie Bayarri passed away early this morning, on August 19, in Valencià, Spain… I had known Susie for many, many years, our first meeting being in Purdue in 1987, and we shared many, many great times during simultaneous visits to Purdue University and Cornell University in the 1990’s. During a workshop in Cornell organised by George Casella (to become the unforgettable Camp Casella!), we shared a flat together and our common breakfasts led her to make fun of my abnormal consumption of cereals  forever after, a recurrent joke each time we met! Another time, we were coming from the movie theatre in Lafayette in Susie’ s car when we got stopped for going through a red light. Although she tried very hard, her humour and Spanish verve were for once insufficient to convince her interlocutor.

Susie was a great Bayesian, contributing to the foundations of Bayesian testing in her numerous papers and through the direction of deep PhD theses in Valencia. As well as to queuing systems and computer models. She was also incredibly active in ISBA, from the very start of the Bayesian society, and was one of the first ISBA presidents. She also definitely contributed to the Objective Bayes section of ISBA, especially in the construction of the O’Bayes meetings. She gave a great tutorial on Bayes factors at the last O’Bayes conference in Duke last December, full of jokes and passion, despite being already weak from her cancer…

So, hasta luego, Susie!, from all your friends. I know we shared the same attitude about our Catholic education and our first names heavily laden with religious meaning, but I’d still like to believe that your rich and contagious laugh now resonates throughout the cosmos. So, hasta luego, Susie, and un abrazo to all of us missing her.

5 Responses to “hasta luego, Susie!”

  1. Hi Christian,
    Thanks for writing this. Susie was wonderful, fun, and full of life, and we will all miss her so much, especially at Bayesian conferences. Her smile lit up the world.

  2. We so dearly loved Susie as well. I was so very sad to hear about her passing away this morning. She was so vivacious and fun to be around! A ray of sunshine seemed to always follow her wherever she was.

    • There will be a memorial at the Universidad de Valencià on Sept. 05, memorial that I will alas miss, being in England at the time…

  3. Juan Antonio Cano Says:

    Hi Chris,

    Many thanks for your words and for your abrazo to all of us missing her. My own abrazo is going too.

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