Elizabeth A. LaVenuta letter: Loss of Dr. Flint felt by his admirers
The world has lost someone special. That was my first thought when I heard the news that Professor David Flint had died. Dr. Flint was one of my professors at Minnesota State University Moorhead, but in my memory he will live on as so much more t...
The world has lost someone special. That was my first thought when I heard the news that Professor David Flint had died. Dr. Flint was one of my professors at Minnesota State University Moorhead, but in my memory he will live on as so much more than that.
To me he was a true teacher -- a man who not only taught his students the academic material covered in his courses but also taught us by the examples that he set. He taught us to stand up for what we believe is right.
Many of his courses focused on issues in constitutional law. Aside from having an incredible knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Constitution, Flint openly and publicly fought for what he believed to be right and just under that document, especially the First Amendment.
Depending on who you ask, Flint may be remembered for bringing real diversity to the MSUM campus, or as "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." Either way he was instrumental in the removal of religious symbolism from the MSUM campus during the winter holiday season.
To him this was a battle worth fighting, even in the face of extreme public criticism. He stood up for what he believed was right. He was a man who not only talked about principles, he lived by them. This is just one of the many qualities that made him a great professor and a great man.
It is my sincere wish that Flint will be remembered for his intellect, his wit, his humanity, his caring towards his students and most of all, for his passionate commitment to justice.
Ordinarily it would be appropriate to say goodbye to a respected teacher and friend by saying, "God bless...", but in this instance it is more fitting to say: May the sun and stars always shine on David Flint. You made a difference and you will be missed.
Elizabeth A. LaVenuta