(p. vii) Acknowledgments
(p. vii) Acknowledgments
I extend my sincere appreciation to the many individuals who made this edition a reality. First, I am grateful to the authors who contributed their careful thought and work to their respective chapters. Going beyond their home disciplines, they have created the ground plan for an integrated adult learning-development discipline. All were most gracious along the way, adjusting and meeting deadlines with good cheer.
Two doctoral student research assistants were enormously helpful. Page McCarley and Maria Barbier ferreted out fresh material for my chapters and synthesized research data. Their willingness to help, as well as their astuteness and generosity, made my work much easier.
Once again, my friends and colleagues were behind me throughout. In particular, Richard Lanthier, Honey Nashman, and Lynda West once again gave great meaning to the word “friends.” I am further blessed by the presence of faculty and staff in our department who support one another with great goodwill. In an academic environment, this is most unusual.
At Oxford University Press, Sarah Harrington and Chad Zimmerman were enormously helpful at every point of the development and writing process. Sarah’s considerable expertise established the project. I valued Chad’s competence and always-prompt responses to my questions and to contributors’ needs. Once again, the editorial staff has shown me that they are unparalleled in the university publishing enterprise.
My family was behind me as they always are. They may have asked why I was doing this—again—but they tried to understand and their love was always with me. My daughter Jenny Lindsey was her usual loving, humorous self. Knowing that I had scant time for extras, when I occasionally brought home a live plant, she would say, “Welcome to the morgue, little plant!” My son Ray always showed his love and goodness, despite the fact that I am still trying to pray him back home to Virginia. Charlie Lindsey and Shelley Hoare, children by marriage, encouraged an often lonely endeavor. They offered a great measure of understanding and confidence. Five wonderful grandchildren, Wyatt, Julia, Ashlyn, Alex, and Rachel, continue to teach me and all the adults in our family. They are great gifts of inspiration and joy. As ever, I could not have done without the great love and generosity of my dear husband, Ray. A continual learner, he inspires so many in his discipline. As always, he is the wind beneath my wings. (p. viii)