Adela and I have been good friends since 2006 when I gave an invited lecture to one of her public relations courses at the University. Then, in 2009, I was also honored to work with her as an invited keynote speaker at the EUPRERA Congress in Bucharest. At that time, she also arranged for me to receive a „doctor honoris causa” from the University in recognition of my work in international public relations and the publication of the Romanian edition of my textbook, Public Relations Strategies & Tactics.
Your sister was certainly a bundle of energy, organizational skill, and persistence in building one of the outstanding public relations programs in central Europe. She had a passion for excellence and set very high standards for herself and her students. Her life, cut short before her time, reminds all of us that we must live each day in the recognition that we must do our best and follow her example of hard work, persistence, and hope. She leaves us with a life well-lived and a legacy of what she was able to accomplish in building an outstanding Department of Communication Sciences at the University.
I was looking forward to seeing Adela again in November at a University symposium Adela was organizing, which I hope will still be held as a celebration of her life. While in Bucharest, I will endeavor to contact you to express my personal condolences. I have attached my memorial to her that I have posted on the EUPRERA message site that perhaps will give you some solace in what your sister meant to many of us.
May the lord be with you in this time of grief and sorrow, Dennis.
Dennis L. Wilcox,
Ph.D. Emeritus Professor Public Relations, San Jose State University (USA)