Val, it was with great sadness when I learned on November 20, 2015 of your passing in February 2014 almost 19 months after the fact.
I admired and respected you greatly. I loved your keen wit, your depth of knowledge and your limitless curiosity. I will remember always your guidance and wisdom. For that I owe you.
I bid you adieu my dear friend. I wish you happy sailing and a strong wind to fill your sails. May your harbors be various and new and your journeys be safe.
In your memory, my tribute is to let you know that you made a difference. More than you will ever know.
Make the coffee strong Val. Keep it hot.
With love and affection, Deborah D.