From Kendra Lewis
I met Brian in 2010 when I was hired to be one of his research assistants on a grant evaluating Positive Action. I was studying Human Development and Family Studies, and Brian encouraged me to take Public Health courses while I finished my PhD. He opened me up to a whole new world, especially to public health theories. I still remember I told Brian that I struggle with theoretical thinking and that I was “not a theory person”. He was so encouraging but also pushed me to stretch my thinking and writing, and by the end of the course I remember Brian telling me that I could no longer say I wasn’t a theory person. I have so many fond memories of working in his lab at Oregon State, and continuing to work with him after. I loved working in his lab and with him so much that when I graduated, I continued it as my “night job”. He taught me so much about evaluation, research methods, everything I know about public health, running a research lab, but he also taught me to enjoy life. I know without a doubt I wouldn’t be where I am without him. Brian has been such a constant presence in my life since I met him, and I will be eternally grateful to him. I miss you greatly, dear Brian!