What a day, marking three different passings...of a friend and colleague, of an inspiration, and of a guiding light. All three are great sadnesses, but one came as a tremendous shock.
Robert Hilferty, Michael Steinberg, and Merce Cunningham: may your Memories Be Eternal.
My favorite memories of Robert include traveling through Morocco together; being abroad brought out, in sharp relief, many of his very finest qualities. Among them: an incredible and insatiable enthusiasm, a completely vibrant and open spirit, and an uncanny ability to find the best party at any given moment--even the impromptu ones.
Edited to add: It's a great comfort to see words from other friends in the comments below, and also over at Alex's and David's sites. (The video which David shares, and of course the wonderful way he describes it, is a perfect encapsulation of what I was so awkwardly trying to say.)