I recently found out that one of my professors from graduate school passed away on December 23rd. I took the news very hard, as she was the one professor out of my countless years of schooling that I was absolutely comfortable with. She was the professor that I yearned for all through my undergraduate experience. She helped set me on the path that I am on today.
It is eerie to get such news. In part because she was quite young--so it was completely unexpected. But also because she was simply one of those people who I knew (or felt) would always be there for me. Even if some time passed between contact with her, she was always willing to hear about my life and share a bit of hers.
She was just a wonderful woman, feminist, teacher, rhetorician, friend, and mentor. I will miss her more than I can ever express.
Dr. Teresa Hunt -- in memoriam.