I thank my lucky stars to have been one Pickering's students. I don't believe I've met anyone who is smart like he was smart. He let work inform him, and I loved being around that. His enthusiasm was contagious. Every minute was a chance to learn in Dick's world. He made 190 magic. I was crazy for the wooden latch that held his office door open. It was simple, elegant, durable & effective. He had a knack for infusing problem solving with poetry.
It's silly to think about all the “what if”s and forked roads we encounter, but I'm so happy I stumbled upon some of Dick's.
He will always be my mentor.