Mike was my brother-in-law, and I have only good memories of him. Like several others who have left messages, a lot of these are of his Morris dancing and accordion playing. Mike went to Oxford University, and since we live just outside the city, we saw quite a bit of him while he was here. On several occasions he Morris danced in our village of Wheatley. He sometimes played badminton with a group of us who lived locally and was a competitive player.
I thought Mike would never leave Oxford University. Having got his degree, he then worked on to get his PhD and following that he did post-doctorate work.
One memory demonstrates Mike's wicked sense of humour. I was driving him in Oxford one evening when he suggested we stop at a Mexican restaurant. He ordered me a burger, but didn't tell me it was the hottest one they sold. He took great delight when I couldn't speak and my eyes started to water!
I hadn't seen Mike since 9/11 happened in 2001. He was in the air flying to Spain when 9/11 happened. Because flights back into the US were temporarily suspended, he diverted to the UK and turned up on our doorstep.
I can't believe Mike is gone. Our family's thoughts are with Martha, Alec and Martha's family.