Dan Marmion recruited and hired me to work at the University of Notre Dame during the Summer of 2001. The immediate goal was to implement a “database-driven website”, which I did with the help of the Digital Access and Information Architecture Department staff and MyLibrary.
About eighteen months after I started working at the University I felt settled in. It was at that time when I realized I had accomplished all the goals I had previously set out for myself. I had a family. I had stuff. I had the sort of job I had always aspired to have in a place where I aspired to have it. I woke up one morning and asked myself, “Now what?”
After a few months of cogitation I articulated a new goal: to raise a happy, healthy, well-educated child. (I only have one.) By now my daughter is almost eighteen years old. She is responsible and socially well-adjusted. She is stands up straight and tall. She has a pretty smile. By this time next year I sincerely believe she will be going to college with her tuition paid for by Notre Dame. Many of the things that have been accomplished in the past nine years and many of the things to come are results from Dan hiring me.
Dan Marmion died Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from brain cancer. “Dan, thank you for the means and the opportunities. You are sorely missed.”