Harrison Shull

Harrison Shull 1923-2003

We love you. We miss you. We will never forget you.

Dr. Harrison Shull, PhD passed away at his home in Monterey, CA on July 28, 2003 at the age of 79. Harrison Shull was a distinguished scholar, educator, and administrator.

He was a beloved husband and father, a man of intellect and integrity, a generous spirit with sparkling eyes. He will be terribly missed.

A memorial was held in Monterey on Monday, August 18, 2003 at the Naval Postgraduate School. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Indiana University Foundation for the Harrison Shull Memorial Lecture Fund.

When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder,

lions hunker down in tall grasses and even

elephants lumber after safety.

When great trees fall in forests, small things

recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die, the air around us becomes

light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly.

Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity.

Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws

on kind words unsaid, promised walks never taken.

Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us.

Our souls, dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened.

Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance, fall away.

We are not so much maddened as reduced to the

unutterable ignorance of dark, cold caves.

And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms,

slowly and always irregularly.

Spaces fill with a kind of soothing, electric vibration

Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us.

They existed. They existed. We can be.

Be and be better. For they existed--- Maya Angelou

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