Sunday, August 12, 2012

Note on the passing of J. David Lyall

I was saddened to wake up this morning and learn from Thor Burnham of the passing of old Haiti hand and New Orleans acquaintance J. David Lyall. I was fortunate enough to chat with with David about Haiti-related matters in New Orleans from time to time. Having lived among the Haitian people in the manner in which he had, David had an impressive and lucid grasp of the political realities on the ground, and I always enjoyed the insight that he brought to our discussions. Many "experts" on Haiti could have learned a thing or two from him. Rest in peace, David, and I hope you are back
strolling the cool hills of Kenscoff in peace once more.