I received a call that my mentor Professor Ramón Eduardo Ruiz had died on Tuesday, July 6. The caller was Olivia Ruiz, his daughter, whom I have known since she was a young girl. Without Prof. Ruiz, I would not have become a university professor. He selected me to be his first graduate student when he left Smith College in 1969 to join the faculty at the still developing University of California, San Diego. He guided me through my Ph.D. program and through my own personal ups and downs. He stood up for me when other faculty members did not.
After receiving Olivia’s call, I felt that I had inadequately responded to her father’s death.