Bernie’s Credo

My dad died this morning, smiling up until the end. He was an amazing man and an incredible dad — a modern, sensitive, involved dad who was way ahead of his time — a model for me. I wrote about my Dad in 2010. At the end of his beautiful memoir (composed using Blurb) — a document I cherish — my dad wrote his “personal credo”. It not only is eloquent and profound (and references calculus), it really does reflect the way he lived his life every single day. Here it is:

  • Be honest (always be truthful)
  • Be kind (care about others)
  • Be fair (judge others with care)
  • Focus and act on what is important only
  • Pay attention to your surroundings (people and places)
  • Speak only to convey information
  • Make decisions based not only on the present but also on the anticipated future (This concept is the essence of the contribution of calculus (differentiation) to mathematics)
  • I am proud of who I am.
  • Be Happy !
Mom and Dad
Mom and Dad
Mom and Dad cooking
Mom and Dad cooking — one of their favorite activities
Dad teaching physics
Dad teaching physics to the grandkids. It was fun to see “teacher Bernie” come alive.
Bernie's personal credo
Bernie Pennock’s personal credo

12 thoughts on “Bernie’s Credo”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear this news and also so touched by this and your previous post (which I also remember fondly from 2010). You clearly live that credo too, Dave. (Oh man, now I’m all emotional and no idea how to express it in a blog comment so I’ll just say I’m thinking of you and so proud to have you as a friend.)

  2. Thank you Dan. I really appreciate it. Thanks for such kind words. It means a lot to me. Now I am getting emotional. You’re right, a blog comment is an awkward place to get emotional. ;-) I try, Dan, I try, though I only hope I can do it half as well as my dad. Or half as well as you, Dan, for that matter. You are easily one of the nicest, kindest, most trustworthy, most selfless people I know. I am happy to have you as a friend and enjoy living vicariously through your startup life.

  3. Sorry to hear about your father, David. Thanks for sharing his credo, it’s excellent. Sounds like he was a remarkable man.

  4. Dave – sorry for your loss, sounds like he was an incredible man. Thanks for sharing this beautiful credo, love the calculus reference in particular.

  5. Dave – sorry to hear about your dad. Sounds like you had an amazing father and will have great memories to help you during this tough time.

  6. Hi, David; I just happened to see this post today.

    I’m really sorry to hear about your father, but was touched by your writing and photos and your father’s credo. But I’m happy that you had a long life together, and hope you have many, many great memories to sustain his spirit.

  7. Thank you very much Jed. Very thoughtful. I appreciate your kind thoughts and words. I’m glad his credo spoke to you. You’re right: we had many happy memories over 43 years.

  8. What amazing Credo, David.
    Those few things that are listed are truly of the most important things to be in life. Those are the characteristics that people talk about when they say “He/She is not only nice on the outside but on the inside too”. I believe the most important one on that list is to be kind, to care for others. This is even more important when you care about others more than about yourself.
    Im very sorry to hear about your dad.
    Thank you very much for sharing, it is valuable lessons he taught you. Always keep it close to your heart.

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