Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Roy Mersky has died

Roy Mersky, or "RMM" to many of us, died yesterday. He was the director of the law library here at the University of Texas School of Law. He was a giant in the field of law libraries. He was also my friend.

When I wrote an article or a book, Roy would send me a note of congratulations. He would also often congratulate me in person. He encouraged me in my writing and teaching. He created opportunities for me. He promoted my work to others.

Why did he do all these things for me? It wasn't because I was doing anything for him--I wasn't. And it wasn't because I had the power or potential to do things for him in the future--I didn't. Maybe he liked me. I don't know.

What I know is that all he did for me meant a lot to me.

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