In Memoriam: Pat DerbyMarch 26, 2015
My mentor and my friend.
I don’t remember how I met Pat. I feel she has always been in my life.
She never tired of my incessant barrage of questions. Her answers were my classes. She was a brilliant teacher.
And every year when I was teaching Animal Rights, I would ask Pat and Ed to come to LA and speak to my classes. She never said no. I watched as kids sat in awe of her. She talked about things they had never considered. Suddenly they were hearing the truth and they knew it. Their old, unquestioned assumptions about elephants crumbled forever. Every kid Pat spoke to could never set foot in a circus or zoo again. They now knew the truth.
But that was only a part of Pat’s magic....