There’s not much detail to tell, but I’m very sad to report that Jeff Medkeff lost his fight against cancer last night.
I’m writing here, without much more info than that, to honor Jeff’s memory and the work he did. He was the very best kind of skeptic: funny and smart, he loved sharing his point of view, and had an exuberence about it that was as attractive as it was infective.
I met Jeff in person at The Amazing Meeting 5.5, where we shared pizza and marveled at the great presentation Michael Stackpole had given, about how to interact with believers of woo in such a way that you win over the hearts (first) and minds (later) of people who are undecided about false beliefs.
He and I were both Science Fair Judges (in our respective towns, of course) and he shared my wonder at how cool and terrific that gig can be. He was excited to see folks excited about science.
You know, I think I misspoke above when I said he was the very best kind of skeptic. Indeed, he was the very best kind of human, and we’re at a loss without him.