BERYL BRINKMAN IS GONE, SO BIG A LOSS!
She received me as a Fulbright Student from Tanzania, and was a foundation to my beginning of the M.A program at the University of Oregon. I can't understand that I will graduate with my M.A in Linguistics, in her absence. She always looked forward to seeing me graduate. This is one of the hardest moment in my life. She is the one who volunteered to host me, she introduced me to tons of friends from the first day of my arrival. I remember her, Kelcy, and Brendan waiting me at the Eugene Airport. It was 09/11/2004 as I flew from Portland to Eugene. No one knew another person between us. But they were holding a HUGE SIGN written in SWAHILI - "JAMBO MARKO" meaning hello Marko. I burst into tears from a distance! My other colleagues from other countries were surprised to see that. From that day I have been a friend to almost each of her friends. To name a few TRICIA, JEFF and KELCY; MICHAEL, RACHAEL, and LARY; DAVE, HANA and TRACY; JAMES CLOUTIER, DOROTH and PROF. SOPER, PATTI and WADE, WAYNE and WIFE, .......and of course ALL RETURNED PEACE CORPS of the WEST CASCADE. SHE DROVE TO PARTS OF CALIFORNIA, SHOWED ME PLACES AND FRIENDS. Our next plan was to drive to parts of WASHINGTON STATE
MY GOD, MISSING BERYL CAN BE COMPARED TO THE TIME IMMEDIATELY AFTER DEATH OF FOUNDER OF THE NATION, HIS EXCELLENCY, THE LATE MWALIMU JULIUS K. NYERERE. The nation was a bit shaken. Some people even thought there could be a state of instability, which has never been the case, and never will be, I hope.
The same way, this loss will be recovered by faith.
GOD BLESS BERYL, HER PARENTS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, HER TEACHERS, AND ALL PEOPLE OF PEACE AND LOVE IN THE WORLD. LONG LIVE EUGENE, LONG LIVE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.