My beloved husband, Walt, was the most caring, thoughtful, and generous person I ever knew. He always respected everyone, including his waiters, taxi drivers, vendors in foreign markets, floor cleaners in his hospital room, and nurse aides for home care. He made everyone feel special, always showing genuine interest and caring enough to ask questions about them and their family. Walt was so intelligent and well-informed that he always knew relevant facts and stories to share about whatever country the person came from. One favorite Walt memory involved an Egyptian vendor with whom Walt was competently hard-bargaining for some galabeyas (traditional native cotton garments). Finally, the vendor proudly offered 300 Egyptian pounds, then equivalent to less than $20, to which Walt responded: “OK, sir, then here, I’ll give you 400!” Always Mr. Generous. He brought a smile and personal pride to everyone.
Walt pampered and spoiled all of his family members, and he treated the staff of the software company that he created and ran as if they were family members also, but he especially adored his golden retrievers. I miss my devoted husband and best friend every moment of every day, and I am continually grateful for the love and joy we shared during our almost 40 years together.