I felt compelled to write what ended up being a nearly 5,000-word essay about Don Luce and his life. After I heard about Don’s passing via a LinkedIn post by Jim Laurie, I thought a lot about his life. Even though we never met in person, I feel an affinity with him.
As I wrote in the concluding paragraph,
The people Don touched and the lives he changed are his immortality and our inspiration. Thích Nhất Hạnh wrote in I Am Not Here, ‘I don’t see why we have to say, ‘I will die,’ because I can already see myself in you, in other people, and in future generations.’ Although Don’s mortal remains rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York, I see him in myself, in other people, and in future generations.
Follow this link if you’d like to read the article in its entirety. The editor changed the name from Donald Sanders Luce (1934-2022): Celebration of a Life Well-Lived to The Man Who Exposed the Truth About the Tiger Cages: Donald Sanders Luce (1934-2022), which makes sense since many who are familiar with the “tiger cages” may not know (or may have forgotten) Don Luce and his pivotal role in the anti-war movement.
As always, comments are welcome either here or via email (markashwill[AT]hotmail.com.)
Postscript: Don’s memorial service is on Monday, 26 December 2022. It will be videotaped and uploaded to YouTube. I’ll post that information on my blog as soon as it’s available.
Shalom (שלום), MAA