I had the great honor and privilege of being a work-study employee for Daniel in the Max Kade Center at IUPUI. I worked with him during my last two-and-a-half years in college. I also was privileged to have him as a professor for many of my advanced German classes. More than that, however, I had the great privilege to know Daniel outside of work and school, and to consider him one of my friends. He taught me so much, not just in terms of German language, but also lessons in the academic world, as well as the real world. He was my mentor and my first source of advice outside my family. He helped me with the tough decisions, encouraged me when I was depressed, and supported me in all my crazy decisions. The prospect of seeing Daniel and having an insightful conversation is why I liked working with him.
Daniel made me interested in language beyond my interest in translations. He taught me the value of language and linguistics. I learned from him that dialectology is actually a fun and rewarding sub-set of language study! I will never forget all that he taught me during my time at the Max Kade Center.
Even after my graduation in May 2012, Daniel and I were still in contact. He wrote me countless recommendation letters for scholarships and programs, and was a very willing reference in my job search, as well. I enjoyed visiting him at his office, even when I had no business on campus, and he let me sit in on his classes when I had the time. Furthermore, he was a very willing source of information and encouragement for a novel that I am writing and he was looking forward to proofreading it for me this summer.
Above all else, I enjoyed his sense of humor. As his employee, I was often the butt of many of his jokes, including his recurring joke that, because I live in a rural part of Indiana, I live in the "frontier". Even after he visited my house, he continued the joke asking if I arrived to campus each day in a stagecoach, or, on one occasion when he saw my father's car, if I had traded in the horses for the car.
I wish I could have more time with Daniel and I am sure that everybody feels this way. However, I am honored to have known him and I will always fondly remember my time with Daniel.
To Daniel's family, I send my heartfelt condolences. If there is anyway that I can help in this difficult time, please let me know.