In memory of Meyera Oberndorf, former mayor of Virginia Beach. She passed on Friday as a result of Alzheimer's. Mayor Oberndorf was a lady who genuinely loved her community and made herself as approachable as possible to her constituents. During my years in Virginia Beach, I had the pleasure to meet her on many occasions. I always found her to be quick to smile but a political force to be reckoned with there as well. She was a genuinely lovely person.
In memory of Terry Pratchett, prolific fantasy author. He stunned his fans when he announced his Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2007. He went on to campaign for the legalization of assisted suicide though he died of the disease. He continued to write long after his diagnosis was given. His work has influenced many and it will be interesting to see if any of his writings from the last few years of his life will be published or if they give any insight into the progression of the disease.