I was privileged to be an undergraduate in two of Professor Strout's classes (Religion and Politics and the American Political Novel) in 1973 and 1974. He was a remarkable, inspiring teacher who, literally,"wowed" us in class with the depth and breadth of his insights and analysis. The material came alive. It is now 2014 and, decades after his classes, I still recall, vividly, my riveting experiences as a student in his seminars. I am so saddened to read of his passing but treasure my time as his student.