Skeptical Inquirer Facebook page announced just yesterday that uber-Skeptic Bob Carroll passed away on August 25 of pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. He was 71. A former professor teaching Philosophy and Critical Thinking at Sacramento City College for over 30 years Bob shared his knowledge in the form of the HUGE compendium of skepticism, The Skeptic’s Dictionary. From his obituary:
A prolific writer, Bob is best known for his contributions in the field of skepticism. In 1994, he published one of the world’s first web-based books, The Skeptic’s Dictionary, which was published in print in 2003 and translated into several languages including Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Slovak, Korean, Russian, and just last year, Chinese. His Skeptic’s Dictionary website continues to attract more than 400,000 visitors a month.
And his newsletters were the best. I looked forward to them remarking on the last one issued last May. There are many links to the Skeptic’s Dictionary site on this blog. It was my go-to place for referenced articles on topics discussed here.
What a legacy Bob left! Doubtful News will miss him very very much.