Dennis had been ill for a long time and experienced severe pain. He was no longer able to walk but his beautiful mind remained as expansive and his heart as generous as ever. Dennis chose to end his life at a time that protected his family from involvement. He made his choice for himself but also out of love for those close to him.
We respect his choice and love him.
How to even start describing him?
Dennis Argall was a person of multitudes, a mercurial and prolific intellect. In recent years, contributing to John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations, a journal of public policy, provided him with great joy.
Could we use wikipedia?
Dennis used to be appalled by how Wikipedia biographies shriveled down people, privileged certain kinds of power, and erased people that weren’t in the news enough as if they weren’t real.
He used to have tremendous arguments with Wikipedia editors about what should be in his bio, and now that he’s dead his Wikipedia entry has indeed been shrunk down to a shadow of what it once was. Erasing roles that were meaningful to him, marriages and children.
So perhaps one of the best ways to write about someone so diverse is to go through Wikipedia’s history and share with you here how he once revised his own page.
Small modifications have been added in italics to update it a little. We haven’t changed the text to be in past tense.
Leave A Note
If you knew Dennis or watched a movie in his memory, we’d love it if you could leave a note in the guest book
Find out about future events
We’re still figuring out what to do in terms of in person and online gatherings to remember him by. We’ve created a form to make it easier:
- For people to share ideas
- Help us come up with plans that work for them
- So we can email you to tell you what we’re organising where and when.