Dean was a PhD candidate in the statistics program at Carnegie Mellon University from 1981 through 1985. During his time there, the head of the statistics department was a caring, fatherly figure named Stephen Fienberg. Not long after we both moved to Pittsburgh, Stephen and his wife, Joyce, hosted a reception for new students. It was the most cultured event I’d ever attended. The hosts served exotic (to me) wine, international cheeses, and other fancy snacks. People talked of foreign travel, Broadway plays and museums to visit. Mrs. Fienberg was gracious and kind. This event became a template for my future entertaining.
Professor Feinberg passed away in 2016. His wife was murdered, along with ten others in her Pittsburgh synagogue, on Saturday by an anti-Semite trump supporter.