Dear Colleagues, Students and Alums,
I'm writing to tell you that yesterday, very peacefully, Walter Odajnyk died. Walter touched many with his warmth, his deep care, and his soul centered presence. His intellectual force was rooted in his spiritual depth.
We will miss Walter. His contributions to our community live on through his work, mentorship, and love. Today the Pacifica community is sad with tears in our eyes, grief in the belly.
In particular, the Mythological Studies Program, her faculty, students, and alums feel a sense of loss, a hole in the foundation of their Temenos. To each of you, please know that we hold you in our prayers and in our heart.
Walter's family who was with him at the time of transition shared that, "a calm showed in his face and body after death."
We will honor Walter at the Mythological Studies graduation on Sunday and, too, a larger community tribute, a ritual of gratitude, will follow in the time ahead.
Walter, we miss you, we feel sad, we send you and your family love in this time of sadness and loss.
Walter we also, this day, are touched by your smile, experience your compassion, and feel your support. Your teachings continue to enrich us now and for the rest of our days.
On behalf of a place that Walter deeply cared about, on behalf of the Pacifica soul,
Published by Steve Aizenstat on May 24, 2013
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