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In gratitude: Robert W. Gunn, 1947-2008.

AT 5:30 IN THE MORNING ON APRIL 22, Bob Gunn's alarm went off. That wasn't unusual. But it was odd that he failed to shut it off. His wife, Brook, turned to rouse him. She could not. At some time during the night, Bob had died.

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At 5:30 the previous evening, Bob had e-mailed to me his most recent additions to a column for this magazine. In it, he returned to a theme that had informed his dedicated effort to continue to become a better human being: how to vanquish his ego--the habits of thinking that cause so much suffering--and to a Buddhist text that had inspired him over and over again on his spiritual journey.

Along that journey, we both were humbled when we heard that something in these columns had reached you, our readers, such as these recent letters:

"I found particular enjoyment in your article, 'One Hundred.' Whenever we think that we are the only ones going through these various emotions, an article like yours comes to us, and we realize we are not alone. ..."--J.G., Michigan

"... I have been struggling with how to better balance life and work. Your articles on Buddhism and meditation have inspired me, and seeing them written in a magazine like Strategic Finance gives me hope for the profession as a whole. Perhaps we will all come to realize that endless hours in the office are not the only path to success."--K.B., Canada

"Whether it be your articles on time, anger, patience, thought, courage, or, more recently, candor (to name a few), the consistency of your underlying principles has certainly awakened in me a spirit of inquiry. As I come from the land of Vedas and Upanishads, the hymns you use to describe daily life situations only reverberate louder. ... Reading about the vedic hymns that are often recited by pundits here on auspicious occasions and that, too, [are cited] by Americans writing articles on workplace effectiveness for a leading professional journal only further opened my eyes to the universality of these principles. ..."--R.V., India

Bob was one of the most alive individuals I've known. As he comes to my mind, there's a twinkle in his eye--he's one inch away from laughing. He was generous with his experience, his mind, and his heart. I started to write that the world is poorer because Bob is no longer in it. But he was a "glass half full" person. So I say, instead, that my world, and that of so many others, is richer because of Bob Gunn. I am especially grateful that his voice remains in the writings in which I have been privileged to be a partner.
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Title Annotation:Best Practices
Author:Gullickson, Betsy Raskin
Publication:Strategic Finance
Article Type:Obituary
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Date:Jun 1, 2008
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