By Terry Walstrom
The death of Ray Franz hit me harder than I would have thought.
I had to reflect for awhile…alone…and quietly.
After all, fine people die every day and some of them are indispensable, and yet we go on…don’t we?
But, Ray Franz was someone who can only be described by the phrase “sui generis” (one of a kind).
My task was to ask myself what it was that made Ray so singular, potent, and admirable – without a trace of scandal or ill will attached to his memory.
Now, I’m ready to talk about it. Call it “venting,” if you like. Or – “processing”…
Dedicating yourself to the finest work on Earth is noble. Ray, like the rest of us, signed on – by putting his energy and intelligence into his teaching work, no matter what the personal cost to himself.
It was in the course of research that something special in Ray’s character triggered a chain reaction.