As a successful lawyer in apartheid South Africa, Colin became increasingly uncomfortable with the racial separation and class stratification. Ultimately he decided to emigrate to America, which he saw as the shining city on the hill. Giving up a lucrative practice, and facing an uncertain future, he and his wife and daughter moved to Texas, where another SA expat known to him lived. When he was denied the opportunity to challenge the legal Bar to practice law, he purchased a newspaper distribution route in Portland, OR, and settled into the northwest. His daughter became one of the first female rabbis in the world. The family thrived, as many immigrant families do. The triumph of values over earnings was displayed in every contact; he earned far less than he could as an attorney, but slept better. Colin died last weekend, of pancreatic cancer, the same disease which felled Steve Jobs. But he walked his talk, as few others have ever done. A successful lawyer become newspaper vendor. The reverse of what we expect, but a noble life well lived.
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