Like so many here, Richard had a major impact on my life – both as a mentor and as a friend, just at the moment I needed some help.  At a low point in my grad school career, when I was struggling with my dissertation and dealing with the illness of my father, he was so thoughtful, kind, and pragmatic.  He would say, “Lets go for a walk,” and, yes, he would put his shoes back on, and we’d leave William James Hall and moving at a rapid clip, he’d gently ask questions that invariably seemed to clarify and simplify what previously seemed intractable.  I am forever grateful for that kindness and help.  He had amazing intellectual prowess that led to simple and elegant ideas – and he had a big heart.  He will be missed. 

-Jeff Bradach