Writing About Thad

This isn’t a pleasant piece, but I want to write about it here, to get some of the sadness out of my system. I’ve just received news about a man I’ve respected since the mid-Eighties, when I entered college.

Thad was president of the school when I entered, but he’d had a long and distinguished career before then at other schools, beginning as a professor of English at a northeastern university. I recall this large man, addressing us all at the front of the room during our orientation meeting, wonderfully personable and knowledgeable. I ran into Thad a few times after that during the remaining years of his presidency, always a friendly face and caring for his students.

This morning, the word worked its way to me that Thad is in a hospice, going through his last illness. He hasn’t died yet, but it’s only a matter of time, probably no more than a month or so. I’m praying for him, for a gentle death, and I’m praying for his family.

Posted October 26, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal, Real Life

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