John was a very dear and special man who valued the wisdom that can be shared through education. He was a life-long student, a kind teacher and man who prized friendships developed in the course of reading each other's writings. I met him as his legal counsel. We became friends and it was John with whom I first shared my poetry and whose opinion I greatly valued on that and many other topics.
Like many of you, I will think of him often and always with gratitude for his generosity of spirit.
God bless you John for all the good that you did and all that you inspired.