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Advice given the
Grand Canyon General Management Plan team
Bob was an incredible mentor to me and to all the Grand Canyon GMP team. He made us feel like we could change the world, move the entire National Park Service in new directions, and make incredible and positive changes to a visitor's experience in Grand Canyon.
One example of Bob's guidance occurred when we were getting ready to do an extensive visitor use survey in Grand Canyon that involved bringing in many surveyors and specialists from all over the country. We'd sent the forms in for Washington's approval but hadn't received any confirmation by the time the survey was to take place.
I asked Bob what we should do, and I'll always remember him saying, "You must always follow you heart, even if you have to ask for forgiveness later." We went forward and talked to hundreds of visitors, which gave us an excellent basis for future solutions.
He continued to give me inspiration and advice over the years. Most recently when I told him I was retiring, he said to "Remember to always give back for as long as you can."
He was a wonderful inspiration to me and to those all around him. I will cherish the guidance he gave me forever.
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