This one is from the heart. And it goes out especially to the Lu Sutton Elementary families who had the amazing good luck to have Mrs. Dale Romer as their librarian. (I know she was technically a “library clerk” or some other designation, but all the kids at all the schools know and love those folks as their librarian, so I’m going with that.) How lucky you were to get her for six years, and how so very lucky she was to get to be your Mrs. Romer for all that time.
Dale died Thanksgiving morning. You can read the death notices at the Marin Independent Journal and at Dale’s and my “alma mater,” the San Francisco Chronicle. Impressed, aren’t you, about the life she had and the love she gave and the love others gave her and the vibrancy of her? I had the pleasure of meeting Dale in 1996, and if ever there was a dynamo you just had to know, it was Dale. We worked together and pitched accounts together and snuck out to get into trouble together on a number of occasions. The best way I can describe her is to say, “She’s a hoot!”
She’s a hoot.
And when she left the Chronicle after 25 years, she didn’t go out and do just anything. No, she went out and found her true calling with the kids and families at Lu Sutton. She adored them. And they adored her.
I know you’ll all miss her. I’ll miss her, too. She was one of those people you encounter in life – whether in kindergarten or working in a place a lot like junior high – that sticks with you for all the right reasons as long as you live.
Thank you, Dale. Thank you, Mrs. Romer. You done good by adults and kids alike.