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Subject: Re: R.I.P. Robert White- a memorial
From: Dennis Ryan <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:15:57 -0500
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Hi, Y'all!  
    I never had the honor of meeting Robert White,  and knew him, alas, 
only through this list.  We did exchange emails  frequently about his 
commentaries, especially when I disagreed with one of  his assertions.   But what a 
life-affirming, knowledgeable, and  questing man he was!   His contributions 
to my knowledge of opera and  to recharging and deepening my love for opera 
were immense. His friends and  family are in my thoughts.  
    Now I have a suggestion, but I am on very "touchy"  ground here.  I 
have not saved any of Robert's "commentary" material on my  computer, so I am 
ineligible as a candidate for realizing  the enterprise I am about to 
suggest.  So this puts me in the  unfortunate position of suggesting work here that 
I desperately wish SOMEONE  ELSE WOULD DO.  But surely SOMEONE on this list 
has saved Robert's opera  commentaries.  Is there any chance that such a 
person would be willing to  organize ALL his commentaries  (or at least all of 
those  available) into some sort of "compendium," to be shared  eventually 
with the entire list?  I would be willing to contribute  money to such an 
enterprise (or help in any other way that I CAN  that someone might think of,) 
and I'm betting that several other listers  would be, as well.  I believe 
that such a collection is something that  everyone on the list would 
download, save, and treasure.   My one  regret here is that I seem always to be full 
of similar cheerful little chores  that I wish other people would take the 
trouble to do. If someone on the  list is sufficiently acquainted with 
members of his family in order to  ask--relatives and/or survivors who have 
access to his computer--I would be more  than willing to do the organizational 
and distributional work on this if  the source material could be sent to me.  
If such a compendium could be  prepared for the entire list, what a nice 
memorial to Robert that would  be!  
    Cheers, 
    Dennis Ryan 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In a message dated 12/16/2016 12:31:23 P.M. Central Standard Time,  
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David and listers,
Just the other day I was noticing we had not  received our wonderful weekly 
dose of Robert's incisive and informative SIRIUS  listings. I simply 
figured he was on a break or perhaps a vacation from this  horrid cold. Now I see 
that I was wrong and he has sadly taken the break that  few of us yearn for. 
He will be sorely missed by all those on this list who knew  him, and even 
hundreds, perhaps thousands more, who appreciated and learned from  his 
contributions on this medium. This last month we have lost some precious  
listers and I for one know they cannot be replaced. I can only hope that we go  on 
to debate and moreso, appreciate, our love of opera in their memories.
I  am not sure if anyone here can relay condolences to Robert's family and 
dear  ones, but I am sure we all extend our prayers to them in this 
difficult  time.
May the New Year bring health and happiness to all of us, and no more  loss 
or ill will.

ALAN SAVADA of Washington, DC


> On  December 16, 2016 at 7:07 AM David Stein <[log in to unmask]>  
wrote:
> 
> 
> Robert died last night after a brief illness.  He was an extraordinary 
contributor to this forum and his participation will be  greatly missed. Bob 
went around the world in his passion for opera, but the Met  was his special 
temple. He enjoyed an outstanding career as a librarian and  computer 
specialist. He carved a special niche for himself with his insightful  analysis of 
the Metropolitan broadcasts on Sirius Radio. Bob was a close friend  of 
mine for more than fifty years. His death is an overwhelming loss for me and  
for all who knew him.
> Bob, God bless.
> 
>  ds
>


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