Richard was finishing up at U. of Illinois just as I was starting the program and he was very kind and supportive to the "newby" from the South. Though at the time I did not realize this, what he provided was excellent mentoring. Over the years I have seen him at meetings and at events for the late Joe McGrath (in which Richard was always thoughtful to include me). I still recall his intensity, creativity, and engaging laugh, as well as the help and moral support he gave me at that transition in my life. I am very fortunate to have known Richard. We have lost a great man and an excellent friend.

-Rosemary (Lowe) Hays-Thomas, PhD, Professor Emerita