I just learned of Mary Lou's passing and it saddens me greatly. She was my PhD advisor in the 1990s. Without her patience, kind understanding, and guidance my graduate experience would not have been as wonderful as it was. She smiled often, but there was no smile that communicated love more than the one she gave me when I passed my dissertation defense. I've often wondered about her following her retirement. I, too, am now retired having started my PhD later than most students. She gave me the tools, intellectual and otherwise I needed in my efforts to excite my students about the value of history. I'm still quite passionate about history, a passion she nurtured. I'm sorry for learning of her passing so late and more specifically your pain in losing her. Perhaps the best thing any of us can say about someone we admired and loved is, she will be missed. Michael E. Gherke, PhD Homosassa, FL
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