September 12, 2004

Memory Eternal

I learned yesterday of the passing from this life of my first cousin Doug.

Being 20 years apart in age, we weren't particularly close when I was growing up. Being a nerd, I admired his academic achievement with a degree in nuclear physics from Cal Tech and a law degree from Harvard.

We really only got to know each other as I got older, at the occasional family reunion. Once, early in my own legal career, he came to Indiana to do a deposition for a case and I tagged along as local counsel. It also helped that I knew the location of the tiny town in southern Indiana where he need to go and could drive him there. I was glad it was a long drive, because it gave us time to talk.

Sadly, over the last few years, his mind was robbed of its brilliance through dementia and his body started losing to ALS. Though he was only 60, at least a merciful God released him from suffering.

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by david at September 12, 2004 02:33 AM | TrackBack

So sad, in contemporary terms 60 is strangely young. I will add him to my book for the departed.

Posted by: Havdala at September 12, 2004 05:39 PM

May his memory be eternal, and may God comfort you and your family.

Posted by: Elizabeth at September 13, 2004 05:51 AM