This posting acknowledges the loss of two of the family’s beloved senior members, V. William Hollo (age 71, August 5, in Palm Desert, California) and Ray Salter (age 81, September 13th, in the UK). Bill and Ray shared much: dry humor, wit and utter lack of self-promotion. In the end both faced formidable illnesses and did so as models for the rest of us. Most of us have by now seen their obituaries but I want to add brief personal comments. For Bill, two things not widely known outside the circle of his close friends bear mentioning. First, his stellar athleticism. He led the varsity football squad throughout his high school career at SLU, where the level of play is the highest in the region and the A side is typically limited to seniors. And much later in life, Bill played the central role in the development of a first class EMS organization in St Clair. This he accomplished not only because of professional skills but also, and perhaps just as important, because of the great respect that he enjoyed from his colleagues and subordinates. Ray like Bill did not suffer fools gladly, yet, owing to his lack of excess self-regard, he had the delightful ability to engage wholeheartedly in drollery (see the second photo of Ray below). In 2006 we had the privilege of an unforgettable Far East trip with Alicia and him. Ray’s rapport with and kindness to our Burmese guide, both during our stay and in subsequent years, was endearing and characteristic of the man.
Bill and Sarah in Yerevan Armenia
Ray invoking Help for Knee Pain
from Burmese Deity
Mr Linn, Alicia, Ray and Sarah
Overlooking Plain of Pagan 2006
We were blessed to have had these men in our presence and we will miss them dearly. Sarah and Alicia are in our prayers. Both have acknowledged their appreciation of the family’s cards, flowers, sympathy and support.