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Sweet Post #16 – Friendship

February 27, 2013 - Author: Alva - Comments are closed

9:06 p.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I am eternally grateful for both the number and variety of people I call “friend” who come from all walks of life. Tonight I want to especially acknowledge the friendship of a peer and kindred spirit.  My relationship with Bob Soots began in 1955 and continues today.  I want to submit his response to my blogs as an example of meaningful relationships with all those who I hold dear.

February 24, 2013, letter to Donna Harris from Bob Soots

Hello Donna,

Thank you very much for the update on Alva’s health and letting me know that a blog has been added to his website. I read all the blogs and found them fascinating. They left me with a feeling of happiness that his intellect is still sharp and a feeling of sadness that his other functions are not in harmony with his brain. However, I find his blogs just as interesting as Buzzard’s Myth and will continue to follow them. Alva is on my short list of people who have had a significance influence on my life. If the right words can be found, I will add them to his blog. 

He is fortunate to have you and others who are helping him continue his “cycle of life”. I greatly admire people, such as you, who unselfishly care for loved ones to the end. I will visit Alva if you think he would be receptive to it. We could rehash tromping through William B. Umstead State Park working on the gray squirrel research project, playing poker in Vetville, trapping muskrats on Hatteras Island, gathering sea trout from Pungo River stunned by the icy water, trapping snapping turtles in the ponds, lakes and streams of North Carolina, trapping channel catfish in the Neuse River, capturing frogs in Wake County ponds, snagging shad for dinner in the Meherrin River (we ate bones and all), etc.


Note from Publisher:

Like Alva, Bob Soots has a lifelong connection to North Carolina,  beginning with his birthplace in Winston-Salem. Besides fearless capers along the coast with his comrade, he has an accomplished history as educator, researcher, and veteran.

  • BS in Wildlife Conservation & Management, 1959, N.C. State University
  • MS in Ecology, 1965, N.C. State University
  • PhD in Ecology, 1975
  • U.S. Army active duty 1953-1955; in reserves 1955-1961
  • Research Biologist at N.C. State University 1959 – 1964 (Worked on M.S. degree while working)
  • 1965 – 1980 Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associated Professor, Chairman of Biology Department
  • 1980 – 2002 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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