Please allow me a moment of personal privilege. I want to just let all the readers of the commentary know how touched I was by the various notes, emails, and expressions of condolence that I received. It was touching and supportive. My stepmother - Mrs. Shireen Markham - died just before Christmas. She had a heart attack, followed by an operation from which she never recovered. She left a major gap in the lives of her family.
Of the many cards and notes I received, I must admit the card from the Caterpillar Club was delightful. Lots of two year old children, under instructions to be appropriately somber, sending their condolences. It was special. I sent it to my Father. He was grateful.
At moments like this, I hope, pray and trust that all members of the VTS community discover the depth of care in this place. We journey life together. Death will touch us all. Let us always remember that this is a place that seeks to be there for each other. For all this, I am deeply grateful. Thank you VTS.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President