As published as an opinion in the Charlottesville Daily Progress, May 18, 2008.

Laurencin Will Be Missed

By Holly Edwards

It was with a great deal of sadness that I read the front page article “Laurencin leaving UVa for UConn.” (Daily Progress, May 10.) The Laurencin family will be a loss to the Charlottesville community.

I had the pleasure of sitting with them at the NAACP banquet last fall. Health is a family affair and they participated in Quality Community Council walks and Dr. Laurencin has been a walk leader.

Dr. Laurencin made a commitment for his department to provide the free sports for the annual Westhaven Community Day.

Mrs. Laurencin has provided the leadership to establish a Charlottesville chapter of Jack and Jill.

Thank you for the contributions you have made to the Charlottesville community. Your grace and presence will be missed.

May God continue to bless you.