Dr. Bart Kamen, a longtime friend of the FIRST community, passed away on Thursday. The brother of founder Dean Kamen, Bart was a familiar presence at events and competitions who volunteered tirelessly to help make FIRST the remarkable organization it is today.
The mission of FIRST is to inspire kids, and inspiration was certainly something that Bart provided. But in addition to that, he represented something invaluable: the potential of science and technology to make people’s lives better. As a doctor, as a mentor, and as a friend, Bart embodied the compassion and humanity that inspires all great technological achievement, and for setting that example, we are all in his debt.
Bart – we love you, and we will miss you.
More photos of Dr. Kamen can be viewed at www.usfirst.org
This seems like it’s making the rounds again (and thank you, all, for your kind words about my dad -Libby) but I just wanted to make sure that you all know about the Dr. Bart Kamen Memorial Scholarship. If you’re looking at going into bio-medical engineering, anything-biotech, or a pre-med program, please apply for the scholarship! We’re looking for bright young minds who can change the world, much like my father did for kids with cancer.