Here is a note from one HCAP staffer to Ilya:
I met you through HCAP. I was excited, you were welcoming, and we were going to be friends. I enjoyed being on “saying-hi” terms with you throughout the year…. exchanging smiles in LS2 and in the Yard. A lot of people simply walk by someone they’ve just met; you immediately opened yourself up to greet me with warmth whenever we passed each other.
During the week of the HCAP conference, I stressed about little things. You stayed and helped when you didn’t have to. You told me how to get things under control without any hint of condescension. You offered to skip class to ensure that an event went flawlessly. We giggled together when I couldn’t figure out how to efficiently stack folding chairs. Your hard work, organized thinking and impassioned commitment to the conference inspired me.
I wish so badly I that I’d gotten to know you better – that I had acted on my conviction that we would have a lot to talk about, because I know we would. Your marked interest in other people’s well being was obvious, and reflected a lot of things I’m just now learning about you. Your commitment to God and faith, along with science and service, are remarkable and refreshing. The quote of yours they read at your memorial service took me aback in its astuteness, and it is one that – along with your memory – I will hold with me forever. God bless your soul.
Note: This was originally posted on the Adams House blog.