God bless his departure soul
Rest in peace Efthi. I learned a lot of things from you.
For his crooked smile, and the way he laughed so boisterously and so often.
For the way he got you to laugh with him, even when you didn't know why you were laughing!
For his respectful approach to everyone, and the way he began all his emails with a backwards greeting (Karen, hi...).
For the funny little habits, like the way he pushed his glasses up on his forehead when reading.
For all these little things I will remember Efthi.
He's gone, but not really.
He lives on in our hearts.
With a wink, a quick smile and a twinkle in his eyes,
he brought us into a private joke. And we laughed…
just for the fun of it.
I need for there to be heaven now. Even if only…
just for the thought of it.
That Efthi is there and nudging us still…
with a wink, a quick smile and that twinkle in his eyes.
I was shattered when I heard this. My thoughts and prayers go to Efthi's family. I hope you will find the quiet to mourn him, the peace to accept that he is gone and the strength to carry on without him, while honoring him and all that he stood for.
As a student I very much admired Efthi's openness and how politely he would answer to our hellos. Even though I didn't have him as a professor in the classroom, he would recognize me.
I’ve always had great admiration for Efthi's oh, so lively, cheerful spirit.
Professor Efthi, may you rest in peace.
During my MLIS program, I remember talking with Efthi about some challenges I was facing in analyzing some data. He listened carefully, then quickly created a program which solved all my problems, and talked with me about how to proceed. Efthi was a great listener, with a quick smile, and was always eager to help. He will be missed.
I know it's silly to hope that remembrances could reach those that leave us;
but I hope you know Efthi, that I will always remember:
your generosity in helping students connect with others at conferences
your pride when introducing PhD students (and any student) to even the biggest stars in the field
your optimism when dealing with hard problems
your diplomacy when discussing with those of opposing views
your smile--spirited, noble, witty, or jokingly.
I am blessed to have worked, even if briefly, in the Mental Models in IR project with you.
I am sorry to hear of his passing. Although I never had the opportunity to meet him in person, I am a better scholar thanks to his research. Rest peacefully.
I have many fond memories of Efthi. His papers were actually the first papers that I ever read from information science. At the time, I was just a graduate student devouring the literature on information retrieval and found his papers on the search process and query reformulation to be very insightful and eye opening. Many years later, I was lucky to get to teach an information retrieval class with him and learn from his extensive expertise.
I also felt a strong personal connection with Efthi, particularly after the birth of my daughter. Efthi always had a strong commitment to his family, and he freely shared his parenting wisdom with me. In particular, we had many discussions about schools, and John and I ended up sending our daughter to the same school that Efthi's son attended.
I will always remember Efthi's genuine and frequent smiles, his focus on the things that really matter in life and work, and his refreshing honesty.
Such sad and to me surprising news to hear about the passing of Efthimiadis. Even though I have not known you beyond a few cordial exchanges at conferences, your charisma and optimistic disposition remains memorable. May you rest in peace.
I was shocked to hear the news of Efthi's passing. He was a charming man and wonderful scholar. While he is gone, I know that his memory will inspire those who knew him to live life as he did.
Along with so many others, I mourn the premature departure of my colleague and friend, Efthi. He loved his chosen work and touched the lives of so many. Words are inadequate at these times but we say what we can and trust listeners will hear with their hearts and understand. Goodbye Efthi, I'll miss you.
A lovely, friendly guy. May he rest peacefully.
This kind and gentle man was one of my first teachers in the MLS program at UCLA. I have always felt proud just to know him and his beautiful family. He will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace my friend. You leave us too soon.
I didn't know him a lot, but we often met at SIGIR, and he was such a joy to talk to. So charming, so nice, loving life. You could feel that he wanted his friends and colleagues to be happy. I will miss his wonderful warmth.
I am missing a great friend, a truly warm-hearthed and always positive colleague.
I will miss him, as will we all.
Always enjoyed talking and socializing with you, Efthi, I'll miss you.
Efti always had some sort of wisdom to add to any situation whether academic or personal.
The loss of this amazing person is a loss to me, the school and humanity.
Efthi, you will be missed. God bless.
Efthi, you helped to define for me what it means to be a professional, with enthusiasm and collegiality at the core of lifetime of contributions. Too short a lifetime, reminding us all to live each day to the fullest, as you did.
Efthi, I still owe you a dinner in Stockholm!
I know I am not the only one who has Efthi's generosity, warm heart and smile to thank for many pleasant and social occasions - and we will all just have to remember to pass on Efthi's ability to make academic and professional occasions collegially and socially important!
This is such a loss. His sunny disposition and puckish humor brightened the faculty hallway in Mary Gates.
Efthi - we will miss your warmth and your smile, SIGIR conferences won't be the same without you:-(
I worked with Efthi during my MSIM program. He was demanding, but always helpful and fair, and had an uncommonly great sense of humor. He will be missed.
Efthi always had a wonderful, if not a bit mischievous, smile on his face and a sparkle in his eyes. He was kind, thoughtful, brilliant, and an amazing teacher. He will be truly missed.
My first meeting with Efthi was just a few years ago. Via email, he helped work out some arrangements for me to attend a conference. He was very kind in helping me, but I didn't expect he would think much more of it after our email exchange. When I met him at the conference, he remembered me, went out of his way to welcome me, and made many efforts to make sure I felt at home. Ever since, I looked forward to seeing him at conferences and experiencing that same welcoming smile.
Rest in peace.
Jagada and Nicolas,
Efti was so well respected and loved in our community and internationally. We are going to miss him a great deal.
Unfortunately our own daughter, Caitlin's graduation is this Sunday and we can't be with you at his memorial. Our thoughts and prayers are very much with you. As a school, are going to have a special event to honor his life towards the end of May. He will be very missed in "faculty alley".
Love to you both and condolences to his dear mother
I was a GA "to the pool"--six faculty membersso I was always running. One day I was more frazzled than usual and he came up to me and said "you----are-----EVERYWHERE" and started me laughing--the day looked up from there. He made everybody feel happier after an interaction with him.
During one of my first events with the iSchool, we were broken into groups depending on what we thought our field might be. I had no idea; I was still very new to the iSchool and hadn't really thought about what would happen when I finally graduated. Dr. Efthimiadis was happy to speak to me about what he was doing. He was so excited, and he made me feel at ease in a very unfamiliar place. He will be greatly missed by anyone who was lucky enough to be in his presence for any amount of time.
When I think about Efthi, I always think of his smiling face. Talking to him always left me smiling because he was so happy and cheerful. We will miss you greatly, Efthi!
I remember Efthi when I was interviewing. He was a warm, thoughtful and insightful person to talk to then and afterwards. We are lucky to have had such a kind person on this faculty. We will miss him.
Rest in peace Efthi. Your warmth, enthusiasm and generosity will be missed.
Efthi was a dear friend, who will be deeply missed. We had many good times together, both professionally and socially… He will be remembered for his kindness, enthusiasm, and positive thinking.
Mette & Jens-Erik
Will never forget Efthi's efforts in carrying around and promoting the SIGIR past organisers statue!
Efthi had this wonderful quality where whomever he was talking to was his entire focus and devotion, his entire center-of-attention. He didn’t act like so many of us who are "too busy" and have to be "somewhere else" all the time. Efthi did not live his life in a perpetual rush. I'm sure he was as busy as the rest of us, but he always made time for people. People were his great love. He was one-hundred percent present. Efthi's kind consideration and thoughtfulness teaches me a better way to live. I'll always remember him for that, and try to be a better person because of him.
While Efthi was ill for some time, his passing seemed so quick - I'm expecting to see his smiling face, the twinkle in his eye and hear his kind hearted laugh any moment now. He never passed my office without at least a quick "hello". He could talk me into taking a minute out of even the busiest day. I will remember Efthi always with a smile and a wink.
May peace be with Jagada, Nicolas and his family.
I read Efthi's research my whole career. He was always charming and generous. My family and I have very happy memories of having dinner with Efthi and his family at their home a few years ago.
I will miss Efthi's smiling face and keen sense of humour. I will also miss his passionate advocacy for user-centred design and evaluation. My thoughts are with his family at his sad time.
I hope my other colleagues will not be offended if I say that Efthi was the nicest guy I have ever met in the information retrieval community. Whenever I will attend yet another SIGIR conference, this will be with a note of sadness. I'd like his family to know that we from his scientific community really considered him a great guy. What a shock to learn he is no more with us.
I was shocked when I heard of Efthi's death. I will miss him, his jokes and his friendliness. I have very fond memories of him, especially during the last SIGIR. May he rest in peace.
This is a bitter blow the the community, and he will be missed by everybody.
Rest in peace, Efthi. I'll always remember your warm smile, laugh and humor. We will all miss you.
I know we are all going to miss Efthi more than words can say, but it was his words and kind heart that helped me most of all throughout the time I was at the UW. When my parents passed away back in 2001, I was a student in the LIS program, Efthi called me into his office and gave me a huge hug and some poetry that he said he hoped would help me through the hard times. It did and I will always remember his kindness.
I've known Efthimis and Jagoda for many years. I remember meeting them in London while they were still living there. He was the kindest and most considerate man, with an ever-flourishing sense of humor. I will miss him greatly, as will a number of other people at UCLA, where he used to teach. My condolences to Jagoda and Nicholas. May you remember the good times, and forget, at least a little, the pain of his loss.
Update about the memorial service: The memorial service will be held at the University of Washington Faculty Club on Sunday, May 8th 2011 at 3pm, followed by a reception on site. Please note that parking is free of charge on Sundays.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts to Nicholas' college fund. Gifts can be made out to Nicholas Efthimiadis and sent c/o Jagoda Pasic at 6923 57th Ave NE Seattle WA 98115.
We are all so lucky to have had a chance to be in the company of Efthi. What a wonderful man he was. Joyful, funny, incredibly smart, and always caring.
I met Efthi and Jagoda when my wife taught their son in grade school. Efthi volunteered to help in her classroom every week, and I soon started hearing stories about how amazing he was. When I met Efthi, I couldn't agree more. Since my wife taught Nicholas for three grades (1st -3rd), she and I got to know Efthi, Jagoda, and Nicholas well. Our friendship was and will always be very dear to us.
I will cherish the times my family and I spent with Efthi, his mother and family, and his friends, hearing his stories, his accent, his laughter. I can't imagine not seeing him again.
Efthi, you are loved and missed.
At Kristine, can you please share the poetry Efthi offered you when you lost your parents?
I didn't know him well at all, but from the few times we met I remember his constant smile and easy laugh, and a clear feeling I had of how great it would be to work with him. It seems so unfair for this to happen to such a fine person. To his family and colleagues, my condolences and a wish that you will be thankful as I am to have had him in your lives at all.
I had the opportunity to take Efthi's "Search Engine" and Capstone courses and sponsor a Capstone project for a group of students after I graduated which he mentored. His enthusiasm for information retrieval and making it findable was contagious and inspired further research in to the subject. I have fond memories of the time I spent with him while I was a student in the MSIM program.
Rest in Peace, Efthi. I am shocked and feel so sorry while I saw this news on FB. You were so nice and warm. I will miss you.
Dear Efthimis, You are the smiling light of the West Coast, from UCLA to Seattle. You transferred your deep rooted Greek tradition of hospitality and friendship to a new Continent - and to our hearts world wide. Irene and I will preserve your light with remembrance and thanks of the many professional and private occasions during the past decades where you and Jagoda genuinely offered encouragement and support. We will keep in touch through our memories and time. Rest in peace, my friend - I. & P.
I knew Efthi for many years, respected his work, was impressed by his enthusiasm and energy. I was grateful for his endless patience with my attempts at speaking Greek and discussing matters Hellenic. Being in his presence was always an uplifting experience. His all-too premature death is a sad loss. He will be remembered for many years to come with respect and affection.
I knew Efthi primarily through ASIST and through his work. He was always soft-spoken, positive, and a gracious gentleman. He will certainly be missed.
We here at UCLA are very saddened by the Efthimis' passing, and we send our condolences to Jagoda and Nicholas. Efthimis was for many of us a great teacher and colleague, and he was thoughtful, knowledgable and patient. But he was more than that too. For me, he was the guy to sit next to at lectures, ceremonies, conference lunches and faculty meetings--his kindness didn't prevent him from having a sharp and wicked sense of humor, and some of our best conversations were conducted as whispers, no doubt as nuisances to those seated around us. Thanks, Efthimis, for the car rides, the diaper changes, fresh tomatoes from the backyard, letting me do the crossword in your paper on the lanai, and setting up the TV during a party to watch Tyus Edney's 4.8 second run (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHceOvR464s). He was a great colleague but an even better friend, and I will miss him.
Efthimis loss was a real shock to me. He was a very positive person and active researcher. He was very proud of his family and he will certainly be remembered by all of us. Aksios-Kalo taksidi Efthimi.
I did not know you very well, Efthi....but I was touched by your presence and felt the kindness in your soul.
I am really shocked while i learned this loss. Through our collaboration I met a man whose characteristic was the kindness, goodness, sense of humor, energy and the continuous willingness to help and impart his knowledge and experience to others. Many condolences to his family.
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i met Efthimis for very short time in Athens n 2001 i think. i do remember a very bright and humorous man whom i will remember really all my life
condolencies to all his relatives
I have known Efthi for many years and was stunned to learn of his passing away. He and I shared a passion for a number of things, such as medical information retrieval, user evaluation, and education. He was always so bright and cheerful, and added so much more to the field than his intellectual work. He was a friend and a scholar, and will truly be missed.
Efthimis brought light to every room he entered. His easy smile and kind words were signature channels for the analytical insights he gave us on relevance feedback, professional society governance, and information curricula. I have many colleagues and I am happy that Efthi was one of them, but he more valued being a friend and for that I will be eternally grateful. When I visited UW to give a talk, it was Efthi and Jagoda who hosted dinner in their home; when it was time to take a break from SIGIR meetings to visit a museum, it was Efthi, Jagoda, and Nicholas who enlivened the museum; and at any gathering it was Efthi’s smile that lit up the room and reminded all that the sweetness of life is in the intersections of ideas and human connections.
It was such a shock to hear that Professor Efthimis Efthimiadis passed away. Professor Efthimis Efthimiadis was a diligent expert in the field of information retrieval. He was widely respected internationally. My colleagues and students have benefited a lot from his writings. I have high respect on him and I would, on behalf of School of Information Management of Wuhan University, China, though this note, convey our respect and feeling of deep sadness to his family and colleagues.
Such a sad sad news... May you rest in peace, Efthimis.
I first met Efthimis about 1985, when he was starting his PhD studies at UCLA. He was so charming and bright! Then, due to his father's poor health and other factors he decided to continue his studies in London. I was so delighted when he later returned to UCLA as a faculty member, and we got to know Jagoda as well. Even after both of us left UCLA our lives continued to intersect, as when Jagoda did her residency in Louisville. When we heard of his illness in January Wendy and I immediately made arrangements to visit him, and on that trip in February were impressed with his courageous attitude in the face of illness. He was so full of life! Little did we know that that would be the last time we would see him. We miss you, Efthimis!
Efthi was a model of good humor; we could not help but return his warm smile every time we met. When I was serving as associate dean for research, Efthi would stick his head in just to say "hi" and ask how I was doing. He always left me in a better mood, regardless of what I had been doing. If I asked about his family--he was devoted to Jagoda and Nicolas--he would beam as he recounted the latest news...and we all benefited when his mother's visit (with her love of cooking) coincided with a reception for prospective PhD students or other excuse for Efthi and Jagoda to welcome us to their home.
He is missed; it still seems improbable that we won't see him on the 3rd floor of Mary Gates Hall, infecting each of us with an irresistible smile and a brighter outlook on the day.
I am so saddened by Efthi's way too soon passing. I will sorely miss him. I loved my chats with him at conferences and meetings over many years - he was always optimistic, cheerful, supportive - as well as an expert in his areas of interest. We in SIGIR enjoyed his participation every year, and it was Efthi's leadership as Chair of the 2006 SIGIR Conference in Seattle that brought SIGIR to a whole new level of broad community participation with record numbers, of which he was so proud and SIGIR was so grateful. My heart goes out to Jagoda and Nicholas - know there are many, many of us who will keep your loved one in our hearts for years to come.
I met Efthimis 20 years ago when he had just moved from London to UCLA. I was there for my Sabbatical term. Jagoda was still in London finishing her PhD. We were both new to the place and we clicked immediately. We became good friends possibly with the help of the Mediterranean view on life that we shared. When Jagoda join Efthi in Los Angeles our friendship strengthened.
Many people have mentioned Efthi’s charming and wonderful personality and the caring way he related to people, and particularly his unconditional devotion to his family. Moreover, Efthi’s sensitivity, openness, and generosity were not only of the heart but also of the mind.
Listening to others, he never missed even the smallest nuances and immediately understood the subtext.
He was a citizen of the world. He had friends all over the globe and close working relationships with colleagues from Asia to Europe to South America. He knew what was going on at almost every corner of the world and was open to new ideas and curious about cultures and new situations.
Efthi was interested in many different things and he was eager to know everything about them. And he freely, willingly, and actively offered his knowledge and insights to others. He told me what to do with my books when I retire, pointed me to the latest best review article about image retrieval, and explained why in his opinion ASIST is having challenges in recruiting new members; not to mention the political situation in Greece and in the rest of the world.
When something caught his interest he would not let it go until he understood it to his satisfaction. He lived his life fully and made sure not to miss anything. I will miss him very much.
It is very sad to learn the lost of our good friend, Efthi.
I met Efthi in 2003 at UW. It was a nice early summer evening after COLIS conference, I was invited to Efthi's home for dinner. Sitting in Efthi's lovely back Yard, enjoyed Jagoda's delicious dinner, and young Nicholas was sharing his collection with us... Efthi’s family is so beautiful. The family's hospitality comforts the mind of a foreign traveler.
Please be strong, Jagoda and Nicholas, my thoughts and prayers go with you.
Efthi has left a treasure of generosity, loving care, humorous as well as his passion to the profession to our community, and we remember that.
It's still hard to believe that I won't turn the corner near the mailboxes and copy room and bump into Efthi. In recent years, that's where we seemed to meet - as he was checking his mailbox or printing off something for his class. It was always calming to see Efthi - that warm welcome, big smile, and short laugh. It's those little encounters that I'm going to miss the most.
Of course, we will also miss his unwavering dedication and support for the iSchool and our field, and his many contributions. Efthi was one of 5 faculty who were at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science when I arrived in 1998. He was excited about the possibilities and was perhaps the most enthusiastic of all faculty in creating a world class, broad-based information school. I remember practicing pronouncing his name, so that I would get it right when I introduced him at gatherings and meetings. "Efthimis Efthimiadis" - it's musical and special, just like Efthi.
Efthi was passionate about his area - information retrieval - and promoted it at every opportunity. Whenever we talked about the key elements of the iSchool, we could be sure that Efthi would advocate for IR. I encouraged him to use the term, "search" and Efthi sometimes did so, but he was a purist and information retrieval it was. I often talked to my students about how important this area was, and if they had the chance, they should be sure to take an IR class with Professor Efthimiadis.
Every day I'm in the office, I still expect to see Efthi. His mailbox is next to mine (Ef-Ei), and I can't stop myself from glancing into it every time I pass by. It's impossible to think of our school and community without Efthi. he will always be a part of it. Our school, university, field, and world are better because of Efthimis. Thank you, Efthi. We will remember.
I saw Efthi at most once a year at ASIST meetings, but those years have piled up without us even noticing. Some years we worked together intensively, such as when he chaired the SIG/CR Workshop, and some years we just checked in as friends. He'd catch me up on Nicholas and Jagoda while we waited on line for coffee, or sat a some presentation that was not fully capturing our attention. Just that interaction once a year was enough to call him friend. Even the briefest conversations were genuine and that smile let you know he'd rather be talking to you than rushing about being important. His conspiratorial response to small irritations and mean-spirited people was so funny it was impossible to stay angry. What a wonderful colleague, even in those small precious doses..I can't even imagine what Jagoda, Nicholas, and the i-School will do without him. Goodbye. Efthi. It'll take a while to fully absorb your absence. Barbara
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I first heard about Efthi from his aunt Jean when I told her I was going to go to Library School at UCLA. She told me excitedly that he was just coming in to teach there and that I should look him up. I did and ever since then we have been good friends. Efthi was my professor, co-author, and was involved in the LA chapter of ASIS&T which was a primary professional group for me. We lived close in LA and I still remember Efthi and Jagoda’s wonderful parties where students, professors and friends gathered to have a great time. We often connected at the Annual Meeting of ASIS&T, and also in Seattle as both my stepsons live in the area. Our spouses also had a chance to work together on an interesting research project at UCLA and our families stayed in touch and had fun times together. We remember Efthi’s smile, his enthusiasm, his sense of humor, and his optimism even in the face of his horrible disease; the whole Afifi family will miss him very much.
Not fair Efthi. For so many years we crossed paths and you made our encounters such an enjoyable moment of civilized and friendly conversation. The Olympus inhabitants will have a great time enjoying your company while we will miss you so terribly.
Efthi was one of my very first iSchool professors. He not only inspired me as a student to pursue becoming an i major, but inspired me in the way he lived life. As an enthusiastic and spirited teacher, to me he truly embodied what it meant to live life to the fullest. Class was never dull, with frequent laughs and even yoga breaks! To me he was an illustration of how one should live their life, brightening the day of everyone they encounter. He truly is an inspiration and will be missed.
It is very sad to learn that Efthimis is not with us….
I first “met” Efthimis through his work. I contacted Efthimis a few years ago in order to ask him to be in the committee of the external evaluators of the Greek LIS Department that I work. He was happy to help. Since then, we talk many times, but we never met. Efthimis always listening, sharing, and trying to help. Always with a “good word in his mouth” as we say in Greece, talking and thinking positively. He supported one of my projects in Greece, he advised me about IR, he helped with ATLANTIS Programme and he was always happy to share. Have a nice journey Efthimis.
I was fortunate to have briefly met Efthi once in one of my earliest conference trips, when the IR community is still mostly an unknown to me. In less than a minute of meeting him, he was already telling me jokes. A brief conversation and a couple of laughs surely made the conference a lot warmer & friendlier. Efthi's laughters will be long remembered!
Efthi was a perfect gentleman with a good sense of humor. I met his somewhat mischievous smile when I enrolled to complete an MLIS at UW in 1997. He was a new faculty then and agreed to be my supervisor when Dr. Hyatt, my old supervisor, retired. He was articulate in user friendly design and information retrieval. He taught me all I know in information retrieval and introduced me to some articles that still remain in my study today.
I thank the Lord for allowing me to meet this fine scholar and believe his legacy and professional activities while he was with us, will always remain memorable. May his blessed soul rest in peace.
I regret that this terrible news has only just now reached me. Efthimis was my mentor at UCLA in 1992-93 during my post-MLS program. His infinite patience and caring made it possible for me to achieve beyond my own--and possibly his--expectations. When Nicholas was born I was in Oklahoma and sent a few Native American gifts, which he genuinely appreciated. When he was up for tenure I was able to show my gratitude by writing a letter on his behalf. I am devastated at the loss of this great man.
This news was also a surprise to me. Efthimis was the graduate school representative for my dissertation and also one of my instructors. After I graduated he continued to advise me on teaching information retrieval. He was very helpful every time I spoke to him and a truly kind person in all respects. My prayers are with him and his family.
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