I only learned of Wendy's passing this evening from my mother, who had heard this sad news from my sister. I would like to say to the Wood family, from far beyond the orbit of Wendy's life and from many, many years removed, that my sister Pat, my mother Jean, and myself are genuinely sorry to have heard this news. My memories of Wendy are only from my childhood, though I would hear of her as many of us would through her work from time to time throughout adulthood. Your family was the cornerstone family of that beautiful, safe, and somewhat isolated little neighborhood on Wagner Road many years ago. Wendy was older than me, but even as children my memories of her are of her kindness. We - the other kids in the neighborhood - knew as well that she was a good student, and she was respected. I did not know until my mother had shared such information in the phone call I had with her this evening that Wendy had traveled so extensively. I did not know that she had been blessed with her own family. I knew none of these things. I was only a childhood neighbor from 50 years ago, but I am still very sorry for all of you: Doug, Sandy, Jennifer, you Mrs. Wood, and of course Wendy's husband and children whom I never knew. I'm very, very sorry.