I am very saddened by the news - Duncan will be missed so much by those who knew him.
And yet I am both sniffling and smiling a little as I read these tributes - how appropriate that we would grieve in a participatory way, adding our different voices on the list on which he was one of the most active contributors. I think he would like that.
Duncan was intellectually sharp and independent, and did not seem to mind if people felt uncomfortable with his views if that's what it took to stand up for a principle, for other people, or just for the right to be a pain in the behind. And yet he was as warm, generous, kollegial with friends and colleagues and inclusive of newcomers as it gets. By being who he was, he taught me, and probably lots of other people, something about using one's job in the academic system to make a difference - and at the same time never taking any system too seriously.
In this, as in many other ways, he lives on.
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