Photo: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Congresswoman Jane Harman, and Sidney Harman. University of Southern California, February 9, 2011.

Sidney Harman was larger than life. You knew exactly when he walked in the room because it always became a better place to be. We met in the 1990s at the Aspen Institute and I was not only impressed with his candor and his wit, but also how likeable he was as a person. He was socially progressive in both word and deed, and just a wonderful man. Anyone who knew Sidney knew two things about him: his love for his wife and his love for life.

Avis and I will miss Sidney, and we extend our heart-felt condolences to Jane and their family.

– Mark Ridley-Thomas