Monday, January 12, 2009

Maury Albertson

Maury Albertson, a CSU Engineering professor, passed away yesterday. Maury was a BOPreneur for sure, and an inspiration to many of us through his work at CSU, the Peace Corps and Village Earth.

He may be best known for his work in helping start the Peace Corps. An opportunity, which, according to one story, he learned about from a student. But he is also an example of a lifelong learner and teacher, who worked well into his 80's with energy and persistence. Most recently, he has been pushing for more rapid adoption of a hydrogen fueled economy.

Maury's stone has caused many ripples, and I hope the organizations he started, the students he taught, the thousands of Peace Corps volunteers he helped go abroad, and the many other people he has inspired amplify his ripples and cause many waves in the future.

As Churchill said, "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." I am not sure Maury ever thought a problem was unsolvable. Not a bad approach, or legacy.

R.I.P. Maury.

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