As colleagues, friends, students, and admirers of Mel Hinich all know, Mel's tragic death brings to an end one of the truly innovative and productive careers in academics. He was the very definition of a polymath, having made seminal contributions to multiple fields of study.
But he was so much more: one of the most interesting and stimulating people ever, an exacting critic of the academy and, yes, curmudgeonly.
Please take a moment and compose some thoughts in Mel's memory--scholarly or personal: http://sites.la.utexas.edu/melhinich/
At the department’s initiative, the university will be creating The Melvin J. Hinich Excellence Fund for Graduate Students in the Department of Government.