Dear Helen, Joseph and Rachel,
I am one of the (tenure-track) professors in the mathematics department, so I only knew Miki for 3 years. But during these 3 years, I quickly learned what a wonderful person Miki was. He made me feel so welcome in the math department. He always truly cared about me, about my career, about my wife and newborn baby. Early on, I also learned how much Miki cared for the math department as a whole. He was always working for all of us with so much energy and determination - his constant efforts did not go unnoticed.
When he was awarded the Stuart and Joan Sidney Professorship, I realized that he was not just a good mathematician, he was a fantastic mathematician. His publication record is very very impressive. It made me proud to be part of a department who was chaired by a mathematician of his caliber.
He was such a kind, kind, kind person. One of the kindest people I have ever met. I will never forget Miki.
Best wishes for all of you,