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Payton Memorial Guestbook Entry
Bob had a remarkable career, but I remember him most for his humanity.
Bob and I shared an experience that we probably would rather not have had. As fathers we lost children prematurely--Bob two sons, I a daughter.
Among my fondest memories of Bob are his teaching me how to cope with losing a child and even how to answer the simple question of how many children I have.
He spent many an hour with me just talking about and sharing emotions and thoughts about losing a child and still "keeping on."
It will be of no surprise to you that those meetings often were held at a Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Another thing we shared--a love of books and reading and the nagging awareness that being in a bookstore was a personal financial danger.
I'm grateful to Bob for his professional leadership and most of all for his humane quidance. I have a profound appreciation for his contributing funds to the library bearing his family name to purchase books bearing my daughter's name.