One of the dark sides of aging into your 60s is that you
begin to see many of your teachers and mentors pass away. It’s the price you
pay for living long. This week I was deeply saddened to discover that someone
who was a good example of one of the good guys, has left this life. His name is
Dr. Tom Connolly and he was a star among the faculty at the Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical university and someone that I looked up to through all the time
that I was there. The best way for me to handle such things as his passing is
to do the one thing that I am best at- write about it.
Whenever I saw Mr. Gruber, such as at the homecoming basketball game, I’d take the time to go up to him and quietly ask if his flank was open.