“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
The month of March 2016 has just come to an end. Above and beyond all of the various newsworthy stories, highlights, events, and happenings world over, March was also the month the highly empowered and esteemed Elizabeth Garrett passed away.
From my various personal interactions on numerous occasions, Elizabeth Garrett, or “Beth” as she was popularly called, was a remarkable and multi-faceted person. She was also a very highly accomplished person, a truly great educator as well as the first female President of Cornell University.
My heartfelt and fond memories of Beth which I will always cherish is that she was an amazing person and a most awesome human being. Permanently etched in my mind are Beth’s gentle smile, kind and caring words, and most cheerful outlook on Life.
On multiple occasions in New York City, while she was the Provost at the University of Southern California (USC), I had the honor and privilege to meet and interact with Beth. It was so inspiring and motivating to just sit, listen, understand and appreciate each and every word she uttered. She was so full of effervescence and continually radiated positive energy.
Her commitment to advanced Research, Design, and Development (RD&D) was truly inspiring. This was also applicable to her dedication in promoting Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering, Mathematics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Moreover, her deep insights into practicing “holistic” lifestyle and wellness coupled with alternative methods such as Yoga, Tai Chi and similar were truly remarkable. She always expounded on the various benefits of positive health and fitness coupled with proper rest, diet, exercise, motivation and balance.
Looking back, Beth will truly be missed as precious memories of her are clearly impressed and embedded in the various pages of my mind.