Sympathy from the President.
Not everyone can deal with death or dying. When my sister Kitty was terminally ill, many of her friends avoided the hospital — they said, “We don’t do hospitals”. A lot of people feel that way about funerals — me included. The day we buried Vin’s mother Jean, I was surprised and heartened to see a familiar face appear out of the mist — RISD President Rosanne Somerson. She not only came to the memorial but she sent Vin a lovely letter afterwards, and a few days ago we got a package designed to ‘warm our hearts’ on these days of grief. I thought that was a beautiful gesture, and I’ll remember her for doing it — every time we sip some Forte tea from a lavendar mug.