Pauline Phillips was a beautiful woman who provided a tremendous amount of character to her writing over the decades in which she tried to make the world a more genteel place. You might have known her as Abigail Van Buren or Dear Abby. She worked under the pseudonym from 1956 until her retirement in 2002 which was a result of her Alzheimer's diagnosis. She passed away yesterday at the age of 94. She leaves a lasting legacy in her words and in her children who have become advocates in the fight against Alzheimer's.
As the first part of her favorite toast states, may we "Fear less; Hope more."