John has a lovely post on his blog about Karen Spärck Jones, who died on Wednesday.
She was a good friend. We had a couple of arguments – no, not arguments, debates – which we both enjoyed greatly. She was right more often than I was; sometimes I knew this from the start but it was fun playing devil’s advocate with her.
Some loved her, some admired her, some found her infuriating. But whatever your viewpoint, the world is a duller place for her passing. And that’s not a bad epitaph for anybody.