I would’ve said of him, perhaps, what Shakespeare said in better words about somebody, “Nothing so became his activities in this life as the manner of his leaving it.” I remember an afternoon on the patio at his house, down there by Greylock Quad, an afternoon when he was very ill. He sat on that back patio discussing with us in the most lively way intellectual matters. And all of a sudden he stopped and he said, “Look, do you see across the field there on that fencepost the cardinal sitting in the sunshine? That is pure beauty. We need to appreciate that while we have it.”

Vince Barnett,
Former Political Science Department Chairman