on Common Ground: Absorbing the loss of professor Blair Rudes
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#1 Mar 25, 2008
RIP Proffesor Rudes :(
#2 Mar 25, 2008
What an amazing man! I could sit and listen to him for hours! He made language come alive in ways that I had never considered before. Every class began on the exact second scheduled. Always there early he would watch the clock until the minute hand hit 12. Maybe some people saw this as strict or obsessive but he was always so anxious to begin class because there was so much he wanted to share. He joked about the "necessity" of his lecture notes -- he never read from them exactly but checked them periodically. Every set of notes, even those he will never teach, already posted on his class website -- He once commented that even though he knew we would find the posted notes a convenience he really made them for himself. He pulled off his glasses and smiled and said that if he didn't have notes to remind him what he wanted to cover he'd get caught up talking about some aspect of language that he wanted us to love as dearly as he did. Dr. Rudes didn't "lecture" as much as he SHARED. Time flew by because he took you with him as he watched language form. As much as his loss saddens me -- I will be forever grateful that I had the chance in my life to catch even a small glimpse of the Professor, the Man, that was Dr. Blair Rudes. I am thankful that God blessed me with the inspiration and vast knowledge of Dr. Rudes. If I can inspire and enlighten the students I will teach someday, it will be my tribute to him and a life well lived in such a short time.
May God bless the Rudes family, the Faculty who have lost a friend and colleague, and the students who mourn this tragic loss as well. If each of us who were touched by Dr. Rudes will pass on just one small part of that to another or walk in the footprints he has left behind through his work - his passion will live on.
Stoney Creek, Canada
#3 Mar 26, 2008
I invited Dr. Rudes to return to the Western New York region 2 years ago where he was presented an award by the Tuscarora people in honor of the work he did with them and their language, it was an honor and pleasure to meet him.
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