My many, many fond memories of the privilege I had to to work with the AAEC include a wonderful convention in Sacramento, hosted by Rex (and his lovely wife Kathleen). Sebastian was the cutest little toddler at that time. Rex was tireless in his efforts to showcase his beloved city and ensure his colleagues had a great time - they did! It was particularly poignant for me as this was the last convention I had with the AAEC folks. I still miss them!! They were absolutely my favorite group I ever worked with in almost 30 years.
Rex, you were a giant among them, for many reasons. You will be missed and your legacy will live on in your work and your family.