But people do move on. They retire. They complete. They redirect their energies. And in the annals of Werner's work, some of them take the title "Emeritus" (adjective, singular) when they move on. It's this body of emeriti (noun, plural) for whom I have profound gratitude.
From the Cambridge International Dictionary:
To borrow from that song, you don't always know who you've got till they're gone. And to be sure, there are also those who've gone before, upon whom the title "Emeritus" has not been bestowed (not all forerunners take it on). That said, although in the combined body of titled and non-titled emeriti there are literally too many to name, I'm acutely aware that all of them, some in massively massive ways, and others in minutely massive ways, paved the way for so many of us to experience Werner's work in conversations that made it available, natural, and certain. To me, those who came before, are heroes, standing as the base-structure of a human pyramid on whose shoulders we now all get to stand, indeed without whom there'd be nothing for us to stand on.
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