February 2016 | by Diane Sullivan
A Hero Among Us
By Diane M. Sullivan, Assistant Dean
My heroes include people I greatly admire. I think most of us admire Mother Theresa. She advocates that we love and help as many people as we can, but reminds us to begin with the closest ones – the ones at home.
Larry Bird is also on my list of heroes. From what I know, no one worked harder than Larry. He did not have the best set of skills innately, but he out-worked the competition. “Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds,” said Larry Bird. Even if the team was up twenty points with little time remaining he would dive into the stands in pursuit of a loose ball. And he was loyal. At contract renewal time, he said to us fans, his agent would talk to the Celtics, but tomorrow he would still be a Celtic. He wasn’t going anywhere. And when he ran into physical difficulties he retired when he could have squeezed another year’s salary.
Recently, I learnt about Greg Mahle. He is now a hero of mine, and many other people for a very different reason. He has traveled a million miles and has saved thirty thousand dogs from euthanasia. Journalist and New York Times best-seller, Peter Zheutlin tells the story in his book, Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway. He reminds me what is important in life, and it isn’t money. I think we all hope at the end of the day we leave the world a bit better – – that our life mattered. Both Peter and Greg will be at the Massachusetts School of Law Animal Rights Day on March 26, 2016. They will talk to the audience, and receive our Humane-Itarian Award.
There are heroes in all walks of life, working to make a difference and setting a positive example for others. You don’t always get to meet your heroes but on March 26th I get to meet one of mine. How great is that?