June 21, 2009 (Last edit January 10, 2019)

The most important role model in my life is my father. The moment in my life that has had more impact than any other was a Sunday morning right before I was graduated from high school. My church held a breakfast for all the graduating seniors and their parents. The parents were encouraged to write letters to their children and then read those letters at the breakfast if they chose. I will never forget my father standing with tears in his eyes and speaking in a clear voice of his pride in me, and giving me the admonition of Winston Churchill at Harrows School in 1941…. “Never, never, never, never, never give up.”