FOM: sad news about Jon Barwise

Stephen G Simpson simpson at
Tue Mar 7 11:32:15 EST 2000

Dear FOM,

Our good friend and colleague Jon Barwise died at home early Sunday
morning.  He has been ill with colon cancer since early last year.

Some of you will recall that Jon was a participant in the informal
discussion group which grew into FOM.  See also Jon's message of Thu
Oct 02 10:16:33 1997 and several subsequent FOM postings in 1997 and
1998 and as late as March 1999.

Here is an announcement from one of Jon's colleagues at Indiana

-- Steve Simpson


 From owner-iulg_sem at  Mon Mar  6 15:00:07 2000
 Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2000 15:59:48 -0500 (EST)
 From: IU Logic Group <iulg at>
 To: iulg_sem at
 Subject: Jon Barwise
 Dear Colleagues,
 It is with great sadness that we report the death, in the early
 morning of Sunday 5 March, of our colleague Jon Barwise. Since 1990,
 Jon had been College Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics, and
 Philosophy at the Indiana University, Bloomington. From 1990 until
 1997, Jon also served as Director of the Indiana University Logic
 Jon is known worldwide for his research in logic and related fields,
 including philosophy, computer science and linguistics. He did work of
 great significance in a range of areas, including model theory,
 infinitary languages, semantics for natural language, visual inference
 and information theory.
 Jon received his B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale
 University in 1963 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stanford
 University in 1967.  University, where he was a co-founder and first
 director of the Center for the Study of Language and Information, and
 the first director of the Symbolic Systems Program. He has previously
 held appointments at Yale University and the University of Wisconsin
 in mathematics. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree
 from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.
 Jon was a gentle and friendly person, a remarkable man, as well as
 logician, and a great leader. In his struggle with his final illness,
 Jon became an image for all of us of true wisdom in great
 adversity. He will long be fondly remembered here at IU and in the
 Logic Program.
 I will make information about memorials and/or services available as
 they become known to me.
 D.C. McCarty

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