Prof. William Thurston passed away on Aug. 21, 2012. His MO profile page gives Feb. 22, 2012 as the date of his last log-in. Who is the person who wrote the year of his death in his profile page? Was it one of the moderators? Was this done on request of the family (or of Cornell University), or was it a personal initiative?

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Please see this discussion, from the old forum 'tea' before it was superceded by MO meta: http://mathoverflow.tqft.net/discussion/1429/loss-of-a-member/ The discussion indicates that it was Anton Geraschenko who added the text. Related MO post: Wikipedia story about Bill Thurston's death.

  • Should I understand that Anton Geraschenko was a moderator at that time? (I do not know where to find a list of the past moderators, if anywhere.) – Alex M. Nov 29 at 16:06
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    Yes, he was a moderator (and founding member of MathOverflow!). meta.mathoverflow.net/questions/1042/… – Todd Trimble Nov 29 at 16:47
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    one of the comments in that discussion says "it would be reasonable to apply this [adding the life time dates] in other cases in which the moderators can verify that it is appropriate." --- I am not sure it has been applied in other cases, but I would indeed consider this appropriate. – Carlo Beenakker Nov 29 at 21:06
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    @AlexM. You can find some information about past moderators in this post: History of MathOverflow. The list of past moderators has not been updated for some time, but I don't think there were any changes since 2013. – Martin Sleziak Dec 4 at 10:05

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