I just found out that Brent Hurd has died while in India.
Brent was a fascinating man; although I only knew him briefly while in Azerbaijan, his force of personality, unbounded curiosity, and massive energy meant I always looked forward to seeing him again. He was one of the most positive people I have ever met, and brought light into sometimes dark days in a place that had its very difficult moments.
I know that Brent had this impact on so many others as well. Rest in peace, Brent -- you lived a fine life.