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December 18, 2014
May 01, 2014
As with the previous signing by Lynne Wood, I too just came across Dimitri's pamphlet on Depression and Spiritual Growth while sifting and sorting through my things during a time of major transition in my life. A few weeks ago I found some of his poetry and some memorable email exchanges among my papers wherein he was emotionally supporting me during a difficult time. Finding the pamphlet - the third reminder of his brilliance and kindness - stimulated me to Google him and to reach out with the proposal of a meeting this summer during my soul-searching walk-about the country. Like Lynne, I was deeply saddened for this search to reveal his passing...just months ago now. I am very grateful for this opportunity to post a note here.

I knew Dimitri in his days as a visiting scientist at the High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colorado where I was a graduate student in solar physics. He was a remarkable human being, blending the mind of a brilliant scientist with the soul of a poet.

Why does life speed along and we neglect staying connected with one another? This question will now become part of my soul-searching reflections...as I slow a busy, buzzy life down enough to catch up with it. In the case of Dimitri, this catching up will now have to take place in spirit, yet I've no doubt that it begins to happen even as I write.

Dimitri's pamphlet is so valuable to me now in helping me be of more informed support to a beloved friend in the the throes of severe depression.

I will honor Dimitri's memory during my walkabout this summer which will take me to Colorado and New Mexico to honor the passage of my own father.

All Love to Dimitri's family, and especially to his daughter (a lawyer?) whom I've never met, but with whom I feel kindred in regards to loving regard for her father. Dimitri once shared with me the story of how she saved his life through deeply informed patient advocacy following a car accident.

Peace, wisdom, strength...
December 31, 2013
I knew Dimitri only through his pamphlet "Depression and Spiritual Growth" which I just re-discovered this past week. I was so impressed, I googled him and was saddened to learn of his passing. His writing has been so helpful, and I felt like I had "met" a truly enlightened soul. I believe those of you who knew him personally were truly blessed. I am sad that I did not have more experience with him and his teachings.
December 02, 2013
Dimitri and I became good friends during a class we took together at Sandia. He was a brilliant man and a great friend. He will be sorely missed.
November 29, 2013
Dimitri and I became Friends when he attended Urbana-Champaign Friends Meeting in Illinois. He gave me a copy of his Pendle Hill pamphlet on depression and spiritual growth; since I also had a mental illness, I was tremendously challenged by his statement that depression was a spiritual gift. I was tempted to say, "It's the gift that keeps on giving!" But with his example to encourage me, I worked hard and can honestly say it's been years since I've suffered any of those distressing symptoms. Thank you, Dimitri, for your spiritual honesty and your accompaniment on the road to healing. Blessings, blessings. Mariellen Gilpin
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