Professor Paxson, you changed my life.
You gave me the faith to believe in my work.
You gave me the courage to pursue graduate school in the field you loved.
You gave me the friendship of a man whom I will venerate always.
If I can one day be a shred of the professor you were, I will consider my time here well-lived.
I will strive more than ever to be the student you believed in. May you guide us always.