During my time at Santa Clara, I have been instructed by many wonderful professors. However, I never would have believed that I would have to see them go so soon. Some of them have been leaders in the business world and are teaching as an pre-retirement project. Some have been thoroughly involved in the international market and have traveled the world and they can help us relate the content to real life applications. Also, because it is a Jesuit school, we have Jesuits teaching our classes as well.
Yesterday I received a message from our school president that Professor Donnelly, S.J. had passed away in his sleep. I had him for one of my economics classes and can still remember sitting in the front row listening to him lecture. I would go to his office hours and talk with him about his experiences and his thoughts on the subject. (Yes, I was that kid). What is even more strange is I saw him walking down the hall just the other day, returning to his office from a lecture. I am sure he lived a full life and it ended peacefully here at Santa Clara.
It reminds me though how fragile life is and that we really must count our blessings, enjoy the moments, and live life to its fullest at every opportunity we get.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt