Barton Frank became a major influence on my musical life as I began a graduate degree in cello performance under his tutelage in 1965. At times, he was an intimidating teacher and I strove to meet his expectations out of fear of embarrassment. But he always seemed to respect my efforts and for many years stood ready to help me any way he could. I got what I needed from him to insure success in my degree program. He was a stunning soloist who helped me kick-start a budding community orchestra. He and his Strad visited my student orchestras and adjudicated them on numerous occasions, always inspiring my students to reach deeper into the music. On a couple of occasions when I had the opportunity to play alongside him in a professional orchestra, he was a patient and careful guide. And of course, I will never forget his skill as a raconteur, gourmet chef, instrument connoisseur and bon vivant. I shall miss him very much as another chapter in my own life closes.