Sat Jul 11th, 2009 at 07:38:07 AM EST
Jérôme received some bad news yesterday:
My father posted to your site under the moniker 'rdf' fairly frequently; he often pointed me at his postings there and the ensuing conversation with some pride.
He's just died, and I wanted to let your community know. Knowing him he wouldn't want a huge fuss, but perhaps people there will miss one extra curmudgeon.
Feel free to pay your respects to rdf in the comments, but let's not make a lot of fuss about it :-)
With his wry disposition, training in the sciences, aesthetic appreciation and interest in policy, Robert D. Feinman (? - 2009) fit right into ET. A retired physicist with an eye for landscape photography and a keen interest in economics, he lived in New York City. As a netizen, he kept a website serving as a repository for his photography and for his policy writings, which he recently gathered into a self-published book.
Apart from European Tribune he blogged on The Writing on the Wall, and he was a regular commenter on Mark Thoma's Economist's View where he took it upon himself to challenge conventional economic wisdom from an Ecological Economics perspective. He introduced ET to the writing of Herman Daly.
Update [2009-7-11 13:25:48 by Migeru]: Jérôme later heard from rdf's wife Valerie
... Robert suffered from MDS, and was quite frail for the last few months. Keeping at the blogging kept his mind happy while his body wasted away. ...
He gave ET no hint of his serious health problems, and he was active here right to the end, with a short diary and some comments in the last week.
He will be missed.