Richard was one of my doctoral committee members. I first got to know Richard in his Social Psychology of Organizations class. It was in his class that I finally felt like I was smart enough to be in the doctoral program. He understood my intelligence, and knew how to make me feel confident in my abilities.
After the class was over for the semester, we had meeting in his office. He told me he liked me since I was a little zany--that I thought differently.
At my defense, the department administrator forgot to organize champagne. Richard was so indignant on my behalf that he ran around William James Hall looking for old champagne, and scrounged up enough champagne and OJ for mimosas.
I use what he taught me about teams most days--and always work to ensure a good team launch. And I hold with me the confidence he instilled in me. We lost a great man.