Cultivate Your Inner Hayseed

One of the most complicated and intelligent people I know chose hayseed as his screen name. It bothered him when people assumed that he was a bumpkin because he chose to live in the country. The meaning I think he identified with the most would be “A simple, unsophisticated person.”

Tom Kooy said it most eloquently:

A profound loss.  An amazing man—brilliant, versatile, a renaissance man of the highest order.  He was selfless, magnanimous, generous, and the true “salt of the earth”—Gary shared with all of us a wisdom, a work ethic, and a form of leadership and mentoring that has shaped each of our

I personally owe him so much…and his mentoring and advocacy continues, where I have been so rewarded by knowing Gary, and all he did for me and my career, as I have sought to pay forward that generosity to others along the way…giving others an opportunity to grow, to shine, and only because he did that for me.  That’s a true legacy.

Gary, you will be deeply missed!

When Gary hired me to work at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, one of the things he said that made a lasting impression was “When you go home at the end of the day, you’ll feel good about making a difference and making the world a better place.” That is a good day at work, indeed.

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