reprinted here with Barry Smith's permission:
Thanks so much for your message. I am sorry to hear the news, but glad that Bill passed on as he lived -- with style and magnificence! I am privileged to have been able to help at least a bit during this difficult period.
Bill was unique. Knowing and working with him was one of the very great privileges of my life. He was a colleague, great friend, and mentor. I will miss him greatly, as I know countless others here and around the world will. I wish I had better words to convey to you how I feel about Bill, but words fail. He was loved by many, many people. His legacy is enormous. Those of us still here will work to carry it on. That, too, is the greatest of privileges. There is nothing better to say about anyone than that!
Carley and I send our very best to you and the rest of the family.
With sympathy and great sadness,
Barry H. Smith MD, PhDPresident/CEOThe Rogosin InstituteProfessor of Clinical SurgeryWeill Cornell Medical CollegeAttending PhysicianNew York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center