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This is very sad news. I only met Peter a couple of times, but his contributions to econometrics - and especially the teaching of econometrics - were huge.

The only econometrics book I've ever bought that I didn't have to buy.

This is very sad news. I actually wrote him a "fan letter" by e-mail several years ago to express how valuable his textbook had been for me as a student. Not only did he send me a very friendly thank-you e-mail, but he pleasantly surprised me by sending me drafts of two new chapters from the (then) forthcoming fifth edition!

It was so sudden, too, and so unexpected given how fit and active he was. Particulates from the forest fires? The shock of swimming in cold water?

This is from the SFU web page: A ceremony celebrating Peter's life will take place on Friday September 17th, 10:30am at the SFU Burnaby Mountain Diamond Alumni Center.

For those of you who cannot attend, messages about Peter can be sent to pkennedy-memorial@sfu.ca

His death notice in the newspaper requested donations in Peter Kennedy's memory be made to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

I had the good fortune of having Peter as my instructor for an advanced undergraduate econometrics class. He was, by far and away, the very best instructor I have ever had. Very tough, but exceedingly generous with his time. And as Francis remarked, one always left his office feeling as if a fog had been blown away from an otherwise misty idea. I miss that feeling. And I will miss Peter.

This is really a sad surprise. He was truly gifted at explaining econometrics in an intuitive way, which showed his great understanding. I would look forward to getting each new edition of his Guide to Econometrics, which really kept up with the advances in the field amazingly well for such an intuitive book. My brief firsthand experience with him was in an email pointing out an error. He responded very graciously.

This is a great loss.

This is a great post on a somber topic. Peter taught me a lot while I was a grad student at SFU. He was impressive in a lot of ways. I remember his response to a student who expressed their difficulty with memorizing formulas for estimators: a good way to memorize something is to test yourself in the shower each morning - if you've failed to remember what you wanted you ought to give yourself a good blast of cold water. I share that, along with many of his other insights with my students regularly.

Peter was a brillient teacher, best I ever had. He set the standard for teaching to which I aspire in my own career. Additionally, he provided me with a very valuable piece of advice for a young economic theorist: if you can't simulate it on a computer, you really don't understand it at all. I can't tell you how many times this saved me from embarrassment. Before his passing I looked forward to many more years of interaction with Peter, and though this will not happen in person, his legacy will live on through me and all of the others he has touched.

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