Laurel at the Robot Co-op office, image pulled from a photo by Josh Petersen.

It’s been difficult having to spend this week processing the sudden loss of Laurel Fan, partly because I’ve been selfishly trying to live in the moment while traveling overseas, and partly because her passing simply sucker-punched everyone who knew her, including me. We never became close personally and, as anyone who knew her can attest, she was not one for conspicuous public gestures. She might not have wanted something like this written about her by a former coworker she hadn’t seen in years. In that sense, I’m not even sure if I’m someone who “deserves” to write about her or…

Todd Gehman

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