Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Ave atque vale

Obituaries of people you might not know, who made a difference and lived lives that provide lessons for the rest of us:

Victor Krulak, Marine's marine (all 5'4" of him), whose intelligence and persistence led to the landing craft that made victory in WWII possible. He also had a formula that might actually have defeated the Communists in Vietnam.

Nick Scandone, winner of a gold medal in sailing at the Beijing paralympics just a few months ago, even as he was in the last stages of ALS. All I know about him is in his obituary, but from that I would say that he deserves to rank with the great deep-water sailors (Joshua Slocum, Dennis Connor) that we celebrate.


Leanderthal, Lighthouse Keeper said...

My Google translator doesn't include Latin, which I believe is the language of ave atque vale.

High School Latin was a long time ago.

Help! Omnia Gaulia est divisa in partes tres, je pense.

The Old New Englander said...

Roughly, "Hale and farewell." Apparently, more literally, "Hale, brother and farewell."