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In Memory

A living site in memory of Ashok K Chandra to remember and honor him. A man with a golden heart and an extraordinary mind. A cherished father, husband, and friend. And a doting grandfather. He left us November 15, 2014 after a brave battle with cancer.

The site features the sentiments and memories shared by friends and family. Feel free to send this site to others. We will keep adding to it; if you have something you’d like to share, please click here to send it to me.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Remembrance: Peter Norvig

Ashok was a great friend and mentor to me. I only got to see him two
or three times a year, but could always look forward to a friendly and
sincere greeting and exchange of the latest news.

He played an important role in my career -- in 1998, I was offered a
position as the Lab head of NASA Ames Computer Science division.  This
would be a big change for me, transitioning from the hands-on
scientific roles I had had up to then to a management role.  Ashok was
one of the few people I trusted to seek advice from on this decision,
because I always admired what he had done in his career: going from a
very productive scientific career to being a very productive
manager. I admired the way he was able to be so supportive to his
staff, without compromising who he was.  And I appreciated how he was
able to make it seem like fun, for both himself and his staff, and not
a bureaucratic chore. Then, as always, he gave me great advice.

When you choose to join a field as a profession, you do it in part
because the subject matter is appealing, but also because you are
joining a community of colleagues. Ashok was the kind of person who
made computer science feel like an exciting field, and also a warm and
welcoming one. I will miss him so much, and I will do my best to pass
his warmth on to others, as he did for me.

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