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Letter from J. Edward Rall to Libby Anfinsen pdf (58,626 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from J. Edward Rall to Libby Anfinsen
Rall wrote this letter to Libby Anfinsen to offer his condolences for the loss of her husband and to express how Christian Anfinsen had impacted his life.
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1995-06-29 (June 29, 1995)
Rall, J. Edward
Anfinsen, Libby
Reproduced with permission of J. Edward Rall.
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: From the collection of Libby Anfinsen
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Folder: Letter from J. Edward Rall to Libby Anfinsen (June 29, 1995)
29 June 1995
Dear Libby,
I apologize for the typewritten letter but I assume it is better to be able to read what I write than to puzzle over hen scratches. I was greatly surprised and enormously saddened to hear of Chris' death. It was so unexpected -- I had seen him just a few weeks before at the Academy and he seemed absolutely normal ,e.g. he looked to be in his late fifties and had his usual sardonic but kindly humor. I still cannot get used to not seeing him -- hearing him and having the usual good time with him. I can hardly imagine how his absence must affect you who enjoyed him every day. Chris played such a large role in so many peoples lives -- and surely in mine. Perhaps one of the best ways to characterize him, as I have on several occasions, is to state that there is no one I would rather have as a skipper out sailing than Chris. He was always on top of everything -- imperturbable and totally competent. He was such a nice and unassuming guy that it was several years before I realized how incredibly bright he was. Well, he was a man of a character we see so few of -- and the world is the worse for it.
Libby, I'm sorry. I only wish there were something I could do. If you ever thing of anything I might do in any way, I would be grateful if you would call on me.
Soldier on -- Chris would have wanted it that way.
Ed Rall
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