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Bernie Pennock’s personal credo

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:47:50 GMT

My dad died this morning, smiling up until the end. He was an amazing man and an incredible dad — a modern, sensitive, involved dad who was way ahead of his time — a model for me. I wrote more about my Dad in 2010. At the end of his (beautiful) memoir, my dad wrote his “personal credo”. It not only is eloquent and profound (and references calculus), it really does reflect the way he lived his life every single day. Here it is:

  • Be honest (always be truthful)
  • Be kind (care about others)
  • Be fair (judge others with care)
  • Focus and act on what is important only
  • Pay attention to your surroundings (people and places)
  • Speak only to convey information
  • Make decisions based not only on the present but also on the anticipated future (This concept is the essence of the contribution of calculus (differentiation) to mathematics)
  • I am proud of who I am.
  • Be Happy !
Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad cooking

Mom and Dad cooking — one of their favorite activities

Dad teaching physics

Dad teaching physics to the grandkids. It was fun to see “teacher Bernie” come alive.

Bernie's personal credo

Bernie Pennock’s personal credo

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