Doc, what can I say about my greatest teacher who had such a profound impact on my life. I would not be who I am and where I am with out you. You saw my passion for art in high school and you nurtured it, you sharpened my skill and my mind beyond my grandest expectation. You saw in me what I couldn't at the time. I learned so much from you that I still utilize today and teach my children and my students.
I fondly remember you set me up with my first commercial job, I was amazed that I could get paid for drawing pictures. You helped me meet other important people in my life, earn scholarships, learn various art medias, techniques, and how to take pride in my craft. You introduced me to the idea of college. You exposed me to art galleries, exhibitions, and the richness of the art world. I recall you and Charlene used to go the Walter Payton Roundhouse every Friday for dinner, where I was a bus boy (a job which you help me get). I would stop by your table and chat so much that I would get in trouble with my manager. I cherish all the advice and encouragement you gave me. From the bottom of my heart - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
The world lost a great man, but his greatness will live on through me and the many others who's lives he's impacted. I will pass on the passion, encouragement, and values you taught me to others and so on and so on.
Sincerest condolences Charlene.