On February 4th, Tallahassee based national Chess master Don Conner passed away. He was not someone I spent necessarily *a lot* of time with, but I did spend enough time with him to have learned a great deal about higher level play - when I met him my rating was about 600 points lower than it is today.
Anyway, I didn't really speak with him very much, but I did spend about 7 or 8 long sessions with him before my move to Saint Louis, last year. I used to complain about how he would drag out the sessions longer than they needed to be, telling me my positional play is no good instead of just getting into our study material- that still kind of annoys me tbh, but it was also a good thing that he was hard on me, because ultimately it helped me grow.
My condolences to his family and friends. I don't really know that any of them will be reading this, but if you are, then there you go.
Rest in Peace, Don. You were a little bit of a mean old curmudgeon but you were also kinda cool. Thanks for lending me books and tearing into my tournament games.