Robert Kane taught at Harley from 2003 to 2014 and was the founder of our Hospice program. Bob received an NAIS Leading Edge Award for his secondary school hospice curricula at The Norman Howard School, and he also developed hospice programs at Mercy High School and The Grammar School in Sligo, Ireland. Bob’s programs are internationally recognized, featured in print and media, as well as in the 2013 award-winning documentary film Beginning With the End, by Ashley Sands O’Winter ’07. Bob studied film at the University of Southern California and graduated from Middlebury College. He worked in corporate sales, traveling frequently to Europe, South America, and Asia, and also worked in the film industry. He eventually returned home to Sodus, New York and trained to work on an ambulance team as an EMT, before he got his teaching degree. From former faculty, Michael Brown: I was saddened to read of Bob [Kane]’s death, which caused me to reflect upon how much of his work had been a sustained intellectual, emotional, and practical encounter with mortality. In 2007, I sat in on Bob’s hospice course and explored with him and his students a variety of medical, literary, public policy, religious, psychological, and philosophical perspectives on death and dying. This learning was never abstract, for there was a hospital bed in the room and we practiced changing the linens with a person—in the classroom, it was a dummy—in it. I remember thinking that students would be applying those skills to people they had just met later that same evening, in the volunteer hospice-care shifts that were an essential part of Bob’s course. Bob taught Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich —the profound account of a man wrenched from his busy bourgeois concerns by the onset of illness and dying. In the end, Tolstoy leads readers to believe that Ivan has found some meaning to his life that cannot be extinguished by death. I like to think that Bob knew how many of us carry his presence in our lives, and I hope that in this knowledge he had a firm sense of the meaning Tolstoy describes.