I just discovered the passing of dear Ms Bock--my inspiration to become an educator. She was a challenging, dynamic, and compassionate teacher whose passion for great literature and good writing was tremendously motivating and contagious. What an incredible teacher and life friend! I miss our occasional lunch or dinner and her sage advice, insights, and wonderful handwritten notes. I consider her one of the ten most influential people in my life and thank her for caring for her subject and her students as she did.