More Rain in my life

I won’t be answering posts for a while – more rain has fallen in my life.

A dear person who was my mentor and advisor and friend died last night.

Larry Gilbert was one of the sharpest scientific minds I’ve ever known and being a post doc in his lab and later a colleague at the university was the best training I could have had. He helped me maneuver the straits and storms of my academic career.

Larry also had an infinite capacity for love. He willingly took on the role of my father when Dad died many years ago, and was my and my family’s unwavering support through many hard times. Larry loved my son and let him know how proud he was of him when he joined the military. Larry served with distinction as a communications officer on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific during WWII. I’m so grateful Patrick visited with him before he deployed last month. He often called Larry his grandfather.

Larry leaves behind three children, a passel of grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, plus a huge population of former students,post-docs, and friends. He lived a long and remarkable life and was one in a million. It is my honor to have known him.

This is a poor tribute, but tears are getting in the way.



22 thoughts on “More Rain in my life”

  1. I am so sorry to read this, Noelle. I hope you know that your loyal readers will support you in taking all the time you need to recenter.

    I send my sincere condolences, wishing I could say something helpful, but knowing that only time will heal your heart.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!

  2. I am so sorry for your loss and for all who feel the pain of Larry’s passing. Your post is from the heart and is a beautiful tribute. He sounds like he was a wonderful man.
    Sending you wishes for peace and healing during this difficult time.

  3. I just read this and I am so sorry to read it. Larry sounds like he was a very special person. It is so very hard to lose a special friend because you miss them and you miss being able to speak about the history you shared.

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