daily kaddish: for Laura Nelson


A few days after returning from my visit to St Olaf College, I got a message from my college friend Steph Fay ’85 that our mutual friend Laura Nelson ’85 had died. I was stunned, and I still don’t know the story—the obituary Steph forwarded several days later was vague—but it was clear that night in the dressing room who I was playing a Kaddish for.

I didn’t know Laura all that well until it was almost too late—we were mostly just acquaintances, and she had graduated and was off to seminary. I was staying around for a summer job on campus that summer. I don’t remember why, but we ended up spending some time together in the narrow window of opportunity that remained, and I wished I’d gotten to know her years earlier.

Laura was radiant. Everyone who knew her even slightly would agree. May she rest in peace; may her smile light up the eyes of the angels as it did so many of ours.

About erin

Erin Vang, PMP, BMus, MMus, is Owner and Principal Pragmatist of the consultancy Global Pragmatica LLC®, offering custom JMP scripting, localization program management, and facilitative leadership services. She is also an orchestral horn player who freelances in the San Francisco Bay Area and plays assorted brass for the celebrated dance bands Midnight Smørgåsbord and contraPtion. More about Erin…
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