-Dr. Richard Moody, professor, Indiana University, and David's Ph.D advisor
"Everything about Dave's work shows caring-he cares about people, enough to want to entertain them with quality. He cares about students enough to do the hard work involved in helping them learn the joys of excellence."
-Dr. Iva Goldman, colleague, Hilo College, Department of Speech
David's classmates, in the Emerson College 1955 yearbook, described him as "SOPHISTICATED . . . the dignity of stained-glass windows . . . the vivacity of sun on chrome . . . alive in his own world . . . belonging to the drama."
Their description rang true through 52 years of marriage. Compelled to pick up where they left off, Anna K. Wiley tells the full story of their family drama in the world of a theatre professor in the latter half of the twentieth century. Follow Anna and David's journey through a life of love and happiness, followed by a profound grief when inadequate medical care resulted in David's death.
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This book is a memoir of her theater professor husband, a love story, and a recital of the medical miscommunication in the last days of his life that led to her widowhood after a long , close, and interesting marriage. The medical miscommunication section comes first and it is a section with which every caretaker of the elderly can emphasize and from which every caretaker can learn. Here the writing is a cross between medical transcription and deep felt concern. The brief section on the grief that followed gains poignancy from its modern poetry form and from its very brevity. The love story intertwined of what it means to be a theater professor and a liberal in the south takes up as it should the greater part of the book and here the writing is both lyrical and thoughtful. We get a glimpse of how the early civil rights movement worked for individuals who were in the midst of family and careers as well as history. There is also much insight into how families worked in the late fifties and early sixties, not as patriarchal or feminist particularly, but as joint enterprises working for a common goal, even if that meant playing different roles. The similarity to a theatrical production are telling, but this is, after all a tribute to a theater professor. I enjoyed reading the book very much; I wish I could have learned more about all the events from David Wiley's own perspective, but the documents for that do not exist, I was grateful for the insight I had gained into him and into that time period.