April 8, 2004
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Shenker:
Today I have learnt the awful news about your son Omer, and I am writing to you to express my most deep and sincere condolences. I and my colleagues are deeply saddened by the tragic death of such a wonderful person.
Omer was in several of my classes, he was also my grader, and he planned to work on an honor thesis with me.
I must say that Omer was one of the most brilliant students I have met here at William and Mary. I was greatly impressed by his wonderful grasp of ideas in my classes, some of which were in fact intended for much more senior students. He was definitely the best in all of the classes he took with me. At the same time Omer became my grader in the Multivariable Calculus classes - and did by far the best job I have ever seen from a grader.
I was absolutely sure that he is going to have a very bright and successful future as a research mathematician. We discussed various possible topics of our future research, started planning preliminary studies for these projects. Unfortunately, his illness made it impossible to proceed with our plans, and I am very saddened by this.
Please accept my most sincere condolences. May God help you overcome this terrible loss.