I had occasion to meet Melanie only once, just a few years ago at a conference in Hong Kong, where I live. But I began following her work in the early 1990s and always was (and remain) a huge fan. I just learned of Melanie’s passing minutes ago and am still in a state of shock. But reading some of the posts here reminded me of how pleasant it was to finally meet her, having benefiting so much from her work over nearly two decades. In that brief meeting she showed many of the qualities others have shared already on this site. As for her scholarship, it was always deeply insightful, rigorous, and surprising. I delighted when I happened upon her latest work, and soon thereafter setting time aside to study it. I do regret not having had the opportunity to engage with her, though will all continue to benefit from her work. I was not close to Melanie but I was and remain a great admirer. She will no doubt remain an inspiration to all of us, and certainly to me. Thank you Melanie.