As a quiet, first generation college student, your mom would not have remembered me – but I believe that was, perhaps, her greatest gift: she was simply inspirational to ALL of her students (particularly to the young women as I was in the early 1980’s).

In the classroom – she was a force – using slides and music as she lectured – and was completely captivating and ahead of her time. Her enthusiasm was boundless and infectious – we cared because she cared.

She encouraged her students to aim higher. I know I did.

~Tracy Fontao