Dissertation Dedications



I dedicate this dissertation to the three angels in my life

who have guided me to a place I never envisioned.

To the angel by my side––my wife, Mary Ellen: You have been my biggest supporter and advocate.  You are my rock and my inspiration. You drive me to always achieve my goals.  You put your life on hold when I needed “time for schoolwork” at night, on weekends, and even on vacations.  I love you.  I will spend the rest of my days grateful for all that you have done for me.  

To the angel on her way––Charlotte (Charlie):

Everything that I do is for you and Mommy.  While you have yet to arrive, I am wrapped around your finger even now.  I am here for you, now and always. When you are happy, sad, scared or just want to talk to “Daddy,” I will never be far away. I will hear you calling me and I will always come to you.

To the angel above me––Mom (Charlie’s Angel)

Not a day goes by that I do not think about you.  When I was down, you picked me up.  When I was headed down the wrong path, you set me straight.  When I was alone, you were with me.  I hope I made you proud.  

This dissertation is also dedicated to my Dad.

Dad, I have never heard you ask anybody for anything, yet you have always been the first person to provide for others.  You are the hardest working person I know, and you taught me to never lose sight of the work ethic that is part of who we are as a family. When I finished graduate school, I wrote about your white guitar and your devotion to the band, Rush. I am finishing school again, and cannot help but be reminded of the song, “Working Man.” I am proud to be your son.

It seems to me

I could live my life

A lot better than I think I am

I guess that’s why they call me

They call me the working man.

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