A random email from Don dated 18 October 2005

I don’t remember the message this refers to, but it was an email sent to myself (Roger Whitson) and James Fleming — among others. I’m assuming it refers to an undergraduate class that I was helping Don with in 2005. Don has one of his many Person from Porlock moments:


Dear folks —

I had just finished writing a long and complicated note to all of you about what we’re doing tomorrow, and suddenly my entire email program crashed, so I’m just going to send you this note saying that I assume I wasn’t supposed to send you such a note.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow, when I hope I’ll be able to tell you basically what I was trying to say in the note that disappeared, as if by magic or demonic possession, or something.


“You Were Funny” – Jennifer Tambling Remembers Don

My first memory of Don was when his wife Lynda hired me to do their taxes. Don called me one day when he was late for a meeting with me and asked if I had moved my house because he couldn’t find it. I laughed so hard with him. He made a tense situation funny. I carried that with me throughout my career and often would think of him when people were late for a meeting and laugh.

Thanks, Don, for giving me that memory. I still tell people about it today.

I am so honored to have known him. Love to the family, and thank you guys for allowing me to read about his wonderful life.