Richmond, Virginia

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Gary,I think of you often during these months since of your death.But,I will always remember the good times.I will always love you.


I was never his easiest student, but Gary kindly and firmly helped me to become a better writer, thinker and person. I still have battle-scarred drafts that bear his insightful nudges. I hadn't thought of him in a long time, but I am deeply saddened to hear this news.

GDS '95

Gary, you were the greatest. The best teacher I've ever had, the most integrity of all. I will forever be grateful to you for the difference you made. You were one of a kind. Thank you for sharing your talents so graciously. I will miss you and will remember you as long as I live.

I have thought of Gary often during these months since his death as I did during his life... Gary was the first teacher who told me that it wasn't enough to have good ideas, I needed to learn how to communicate them well. He also convinced me that I could do so & helped me learn how. It's a lesson that I have carried with me throughout the 27 years since. What more valuable lesson than knowing how to communicate to others what I think? His legacy lives on in all his students.

As I drink some Grand Marnier and listen to "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" in honor of you upon learning of your death, memories of our times at Princeton - as classmates, roommates and double daters - flood in. Your criticism of my English writing facility at that time clung as ball and chain to me for decades thereafter; granted that it was my fourth language. It is partly due to you that I never dared to venture into nonfictional narrative. But it is also due to you that my...

Gary McCown was certainly a wonderful teacher. His ebullience and profound knowledge of his subject deeply effected me. He sparked my interest in philosophy; a subject I went on to study in both undergraduate and graduate school. I'll never forget Gary.

Gary McCown made me believe in my abilities and have confidence in my voice. He was a wonderful man. -Kali Douglas

O sages standing in God's holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.

For you, Gary. I'm sure you know it all. Mil

I wish everyone had the good fortune to have a teacher like Gary. He had the ability to ignite a passion for learning like no other teacher I've experienced. Although I've jettisoned all other papers from high school through various graduate schools, I've kept one blue book with praise from Gary that still produces feelings of pride to this day. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.


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