In dedication to the fond memory of a professor who, in the short time that I knew him, gave me the most honest encouragement I have ever received.
May his soul rest in peace in the lands of the blest. Amen.
I didn’t know him long;
This man of stature,
Of stalwart nature.
My knowledge, yet new,
Is now forever halted,
Even while his memory is exalted,
By those, who best knew him.
Through neither whim nor deliberation,
His mind and manners of higher station,
Enveloped all, who knew him.
Of manner mild, but firm intention,
He gave freely of his treasured lore,
To all, who closely knew him.
In the wake of his passing,
In the midst of our grief,
The good man himself our spirits upkeeps,
Rejoining our memories, bright tinged with gold,
Though many are but a few hours old.
Remember! Remember! search though we can,
No truer account than the life of the man,
Whose impressions are such as cannot be forgot,
Through annals of memories now still more are sought;
So together we gather in memory and strength,
The wisdom of this man to represent,
Though sharp is the shock of his loss from our lives,
It is through us, whom he taught, that he still, yet, survives.
©Ruth P. 2018
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