Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Celebrate Del

When I was a child, rituals made a great deal more sense than they do now.  I found more consolation in the religious trappings of pivotal moments in our lives until death.
Del Hazeley died abruptly and unexpectedly only two and a half weeks ago.  His funeral was last Thursday, an occasion to see again some of my former students and others from the university among a very large crowd that overflowed the church, too large to spend any time with his parents, his widow, or his brothers.
I have helped plan the celebration of his life that will take place next Monday at the University of Washington's Husky Stadium, in the Don James Room.  I was honored to be folded into the UW Police Department's planning process for the event.  Since Del's impact was so vast across so many different parts of the university, we expect a large turnout.  The UWPD has arranged for the jumbo-TRON that you see in the background of the photo above to display a joyous range of photos of Del at work and play.  Speakers will tell us stories that will make us laugh, and perhaps weep. There's music and a video and room for everyone to speak and to commiserate, but most of all to toast a remarkable life that had only just begun.  Del's mother, his wife and one of his brothers will join us.  Professor Harry Bruce, former dean of the iSchool, will be one of the lead speakers.
If you wish to join us, we'll start at 1pm and you can find instructions on parking and logistics on the UWPD website.

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