A few days ago, we lost a great friend and advocate for education, Dr. Milt Glick. While we celebrate his tremendous achievements and remarkable life, I wanted to share with you the eulogy I delivered last night during a candlelight vigil.
It is in the nature of the human spirit to try to find meaning in seemingly random tragic events. Milt Glick was my colleague, mentor, partner, trusted confidante and friend. I have failed utterly to find meaning in his untimely death. Failing meaning, we turn for comfort to the wisdom of those who have gone before us, and in that tradition and with a few appropriate edits, I would like to share a passage from the eulogy delivered by Senator Ted Kennedy on the occasion of his brother Bobby's funeral.
"My friend Milt need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life. Let him be remembered simply as a good and decent man who saw the darkness of despair and lit the lamp of knowledge, saw faces of every color and looked beyond them to opportunity for all, saw ignorance and gave his life to end it. Those of us who loved him and will take him to his rest pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for Nevada and all the world."
Senator Kennedy finished this portion of his eulogy with what I believe is one of his most memorable spoken lines.
"As he said many times in many parts of this nation to those he touched and who sought to touch him: 'Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.'"
Milt Glick looked into the eyes of young men and women throughout his life, saw a college graduate in every one of them and asked why not.
Failing meaning, but finding comfort, it is up to us to ensure a purpose in this tragic loss, and that is simple: As Nevadans, we must rally around this great institution that Milt adopted and loved so much to ensure that his work here continues and that his dreams become reality.
Let us rededicate ourselves to his sticky campus, to a culture of completion, and to an obsession with excellence that Milt brought to our town, to our campus, and to our lives.