Very sad to learn that Bill Sandholm passed away. People elsewhere have written about his great contributions to evolutionary game theory. Here I write a few personal lines.
Bill was a mentor to me during my graduate school years. I learned many things, both insightful and mundane, about work and about life, from him. He had the patience of reading though my first papers and offering hand-written comments throughout them. He was a role model as a researcher, teacher, and human being. He was also a friend whose advice I trusted when I was a junior academic, especially during difficult times.
Bill was passionate about his work and devoted to his family. He was a fun person to go for a walk and have a conversation with. Though I could never hope to match his passion for the outdoors, we do have a few things in common: we both dislike badly written papers and we both like Montreal bagels.
It was incredible luck on my part to have known Bill. I was counting on seeing him sometime soon, but the pandemic had foiled my plan and now fate has made it impossible. He will be sorely missed. To adapt a line from Auden:
I thought that friendship would last forever: I was wrong.
A link to Bill’s obituary:
UW Econ’s tribute:
A tribute written by Rakesh Vohra: