Sunday, October 10, 2010
I was deeply saddened to learn that Richard Nagareda (Vanderbilt) passed away this past Friday. Although I won't repeat what Howard Erichson has already posted, I wanted to write separately to express what a truly wonderful friend and mentor Richard has been to me and to many other junior scholars in the field. Despite his constantly packed schedule, he always made time to read and comment on my work and would inevitably send the most detailed and thoughtful comments that one could ever hope for. I remember having dinner with him this past June during the AALS Civil Procedure Mid-Year Meeting and telling him how amazed I was that, five years ago when I'd just entered the academy, he'd taken the time to respond to my timid e-mail introducing myself. As someone who had read his work for years, I was even more amazed that he took the time to read mine and offer his insights.
It's an honor to have known Richard; he's touched the lives of so many. He was a powerhouse in the field and in the classroom. He is truly beloved. We will miss him dearly.