Tougher duty, I can't imagine, Tom.
At the last Elmira gathering, we watched Lou Budd present his dear
friend Tom Quirk with the John S. Tuckey Lifetime Achievement Award. If
memory serves, Lou said he was quite sure Mark Twain would have liked
Tom Quirk as much for his personality as for his literary insight. Those
wonderful words also apply to the fellow who spoke them in August 2009.
We'll all be struggling with words strong enough and proper enough
to capture what Lou meant as a friend, mentor, teacher, scholar and
author. Memorializing Lou by helping a library seems altogether fitting,
of course, but another kind of towering memorial will unquestionably be
built by Forum members sharing countless instances of Lou's wisdom,
generosity, leadership, thoughtfulness and passion.
Wiser and more insightful words are already being posted by wiser
and more insightful members of the extended Twain family, but I'll
certainly never forget Lou going out of his way to make a Conference
novice feel welcome and worthy. Although he easily could have assumed
the role of Twainian grand master, he always seemed as excited about
learning new things as he was about sharing his considerable learning.
Indeed, he seemed the epitome of the old line about taking the work
seriously but not yourself. To paraphrase another author, Dickens, tell
me higher praise and I'll use it.
On 1/1/2011 2:00 PM, Quirk, Thomas V. wrote:
> I am sorry to report that Louis Budd died in his sleep on Monday, December
> 20th. In accordance with Lou's wishes, there will be no memorial service.
> As some of you may know, Lou lived the last several months next door to his
> son and his family in Patagonia, Arizona. According to his son," if you
> communicate with folks who wish to memorialize in some concrete way, his
> favorite cause had become the local library. Any checks would be made
> payable to Friends of the Library, at mailing address Patagonia Public
> Library, PO Box 415, Patagonia, AZ, 85624. They do have a website, which i=
> Tom Quirk =20