Traditional at Carnegie Mellon is that each professor delivers a speech entitled “The Last Lecture,” in which he encapsulates his life message, and speaks as though this were indeed his last chance to address a group. Several months ago, I came across the video of Randy Pausch delivering such a lecture, and I tell you frankly it ranks near the top of the most moving secular speeches I have ever heard. In the early words of his lecture, Dr. Pausch tells the audience that within a few months he will be dead, for he is terminally ill with pancreatic cancer.
Professor Pausch is a dynamic speaker, and his message is profound. Though a tad lengthy, you may want to observe the entire address, as have more than 5 million people on You Tube. Recall this is a secular speaker, and does contain a small amount of strong language.
On Saturday, July 26th, Dr. Pausch died. My condolences to his wife, children and other family.
I’m bringing you a video of Dr. Pausch as he, in a moving way, addressed the Labor, Health and Human Services pleading for additional research into pancreatic cancer.