Dear Dean Hazeltine,

Happy Birthday!

These are hard words to express because of your timeless presence in my life. First, as a Legend. I heard about you from my brother, Eric, and my sister, Wendy, who each attended Brown before me and had you as a teacher. Next, as a Teacher whose class gave me an early clue about my passion for and curiosity about business applications. Last, as a Mentor, offering unflinching support including a personal recommendation that allowed me to embark on my post-college professional career path, which continues through today. And always as a Friend. Yes, Dean Hazeltine, we are still friends, forever!

Without hesitation, the first words that come to mind when I think of you are, "Thank you!" What an honor it has been for me to have experienced your teaching, mentoring, and friendship. It is hard for me to recall any specific knowledge or advice that you shared with me, but the feeling you leave me with is unmistakable. Perhaps it is best captured for me by a few verses from an entry about the teacher found in The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran:

"The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind."

Happy birthday, and thank you!

Your friend forever,

Jon Cohen
Class of 1987
Newport, RI

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