I mourn the loss but celebrate the life of a very fine man. I learned of this news from another man I greatly admire, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. “Alas, we are not related,” he said humbly, in saying he was proud to share his surname.
Oliver Sacks did so much to further the understanding of intellectual disabilities and advocate for those who have them. Like Janusz Korczak, he accepted people for who they are and dedicated his life, work, and writing to that end. Here is a video obituary from the New York Times; the article is here.
This year, the New York Times ran two beautiful essays by Dr. Sacks himself, both of which reflect his admiration for the lives of people with intellectual disabilities – and life in general.
In addition, many Times writers interviewed Dr. Sacks. Here are some recent pieces:
- “Oliver Sacks: Diverse Elements in Harmony” (August 31, 2015)
- “Casting Light on the Interconnectedness of Life” (August 30, 2015)
Thank you, Dr. Sacks, for all you have done!