In Memoriam: Thomas J. Holdych
Tom Holdych was my contracts professor, and one of the people instrumental in becoming a trial attorney (he scared me into not wanting to do contracts). I am going to provide a link to a much better post, but I will, here, provide one of his favorite jokes:
A man moved to another state where he didn't know anyone. In the move, his old piano was jarred, and of course it needed to be tuned when the man arrived.
So he asked around, and was told that Earl Opporknockity was the best piano tuner in the area. The man called Earl and hired him to tune his piano.
Earl had a keen ear and a deft touch, and did a wonderful job tuning the old piano. The man was able to play beautiful music once again, and was very pleased.
After a year or so the old piano started producing sour notes again. So the man called Earl, and asked him to come work his magic on the old piano again.
To the man's surprise, Earl refused, saying "Sorry, I can't accept the job."
"Why not?" the man wanted to know. "I'll pay you twice as much as last time if you'll just come tune my piano."
"Haven't you heard?" Earl asked, "Opporknockity only tunes once."
Here is the loving tribute, original post at http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftillerstillers.blogspot.com%2F2011%2F04%2Ftribute-to-thomas-j-holdych-of-seattle.html&h=98c53:
This morning -- Easter morning -- Thomas J. Holdych passed away from ALS, "Lou Gehrig's disease."
In my life I have known a few special people. Tom was one of those people. (Tom and I taught together at the University of Puget Sound Law School, long before it became Seattle University's law school.)
Tom was special in many ways.
He had impeccable personal integrity. At UPS Law School he never worried about the consequences to himself when he decided to do what he thought was the right thing.
Tom was a great teacher. He devoted hours and hours to class preparation. He always taught with great rigor. And he cared for his students and spent immense amounts of time with them. His students feared his rigor -- and they adored him.
I will always be grateful that Tom encouraged me to teach with as much rigor as I could -- regardless of the possible consequences.
Tom was devoted to his family. He has a wonderful family. He loved his family deeply.
Tom was devoted to his church and his faith. This unnerved some of his law school colleagues. But Tom's religious faith and devotion would not be shaken. And, regardless of his faith, he treated everyone and every argument with generosity, with courtesy, and with an open mind. (His friendship with me proves his open-mindedness; I was not religious back in those days at UPS and I did not have have the admirable personal qualities he did.).
Tom was living proof that scholarship and religion can co-exist and prosper.
I shall miss Tom. He meant a lot to me. He meant a lot to a lot of people.