Some of his past was in another country.Near the beginning of his distinguished academic career, Darryl was one of my earliest and most memorable students as a Rhodes Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford, where our tutorials were real conversations and arguments about Chaucer and medieval literature.
Darryl remained a close friend during his postgraduate years and far beyond. For us (Cicely and Nick) he was subsequently a generous host at Charlottesville and Chapel Hill and a welcome guest on his visits to the UK. We shall always recall his companionship, both in Oxford and in places of memory in the British countryside: the North York Moors and their abbeys; the Chilterns, where we hunted for mushrooms one autumn. Our scholar travels yet these hillsides too.