I am VERY sad of heart to have learned just a few minutes ago of this sad news! I was researching some German History tonight as part of an ongoing effort to understand this world and my place in it. Specifically, I wanted to learn more about Reinhard Heydrich, a high-level leader in Germany's Third Reich. I recalled that my History Teacher at Windsor Mountain School in Lenox, MA had written a book on his assassination while I was there. Upon searching the Web for this book I came upon this dreadful news! I recall with fond memories his Gymnastics Class at WMS, and from this experience along with all my other experiences with this most remarkable human being, I must take this opportunity to thank him for the wisdom I have gained from metaphorically climbing upon his shoulders to see just a little further into this universe and
for poignant lessons on persevering with resolution and steel heart at whatever goals I may wish to reach. I attended both the 1996 and the 2006 WMS Reunions. I arrived on my bicycle at Lenox from Boston in 2006 expecting to come up behind and tap him on the shoulder and say,"I'm here, Gerdi!" Unfortunately, he did not make it to Lenox for the 2006 WMS Reunion, so I never got the chance to reconnect and discuss my ongoing exploration of history and Social Science in general! It's been a hard week for me, learning of Gerdi"s death a year or so after that fact AND of the death of Steve Jobs, one of the greatest visionary geniuses and benefactors in, my opinion, in human history.
With this, I humbly extend my heartfelt condolences to his family and all who had the privilege of knowing him in life!