God Bless You, Dorothy Hoard

Looking skyward among the big trees, June 2011 on the Canon de Valle Trail. Photo by Khal Spencer
Los Alamos
“Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone…”  –Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi”

So it is, although in this case I think it was hard to not know what we had. Dorothy Hoard, a retired colleague of mine in Analytical Chemistry and more importantly, a human giant of knowledge of the natural and archeological world around Los Alamos, checked out today (March 3) for that land of giant trees in the sky.

A public celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held March 25 at Bandelier. 

May our lives be as rich and giving as Dorothy’s was.

Dorothy Hoard, center, teaches us about giant, old trees along the Canon de Valle Trail, June 2011, just days before they were destroyed by the Las Conchas Fire. Photo by Khal Spencers