Final words

Frank Tate – the kindest, brightest man I’ve ever known – was born in Tuscola, Illinois, in 1916. He died comfortably, peacefully, in Carson City, Nevada, on Dec. 24, 2004. His final words to me were, “Don, quit fussing over me and get about your duties.”

Frank was an educator of the highest order. In over 40 years, I never heard him say a discouraging word about anyone. Ever. His gentle guidance, often delivered with humor, provided a foundation of knowledge and confidence to hundreds of young people trying to find their way in the turbulent 1960s and beyond.

I still miss Frank, particularly on disquieting days. Then I reflect on his final message to me. We all have the opportunity and the responsibility to “get about our duties” and play a positive role in the lives of those around us.

Frank’s spirit lives on.

I just need to get busy doing the important things in my life.

Author: Don Kuhl

Don Kuhl is founder of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® He has authored hundreds of Journals that have assisted over 10 million people in making positive life changes. While Don was aging (think of a side of beef at a fine restaurant), he managed motel properties, started several sports publications, worked in college and health care administrations and started about a dozen corporations. Some of them failed miserably, a few flourished.