Illumined by a New Light

February 9, 2001 -- Living City

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A response to Ron Austin’s book, In a New Light

By Cecilia González-Andrieu

When I was in graduate school, Ron Austin was the patient and generous mentor who listened to doubts and gently answered questions; there was a uniqueness about him that my friends and I recognized—and it filled us with hope. And hope does not come easily or cheaply when you are in grad school. Among ourselves we always referred to Ron with two interrelated phrases: “Ron is the real thing” and “Ron is a sage, a wise man.”