A good friend of mine, Dr. Malcolm Partin, passed away yesterday. When I was a senior in high school, I made the decision to attend Davidson College in North Carolina. During my first semester there, my class schedule included a history course on Early Modern Europe that he taught every year from 1968 until he retired in 2000. As a freshman, my attention was certainly divided between several different avenues, though every time I attended Dr. Partin's classroom I was immediately ushered into a world of scholarship that demonstrated how impressive teaching can be and the thirst for knowledge that permeates those who witness it being done well. During my time at Davidson College I took every course Dr. Partin offered. Not only was he my academic advisor, he was a friend who would always listen. He was the best teacher I've ever had. We'll miss you very much, Malcolm. Thank you for everything.