One can be a hero in any realm; we never fail to recognize him when he appears ... he quickens the flow and the rhythm of life.
Dr. Frank P. Lloyd was a man who lived with his eyes on the prize. His passing last week left this community bereft of yet another great statesman and mover of mountains. For those of us who were fortunate to know and have been touched by Lloyd"s vision and faith, this is a time of reflection. More important, it is a time of responsibility. Our future was made possible because of his steely compassion and uncommon breadth of vision. He took stock of his adopted home and the people who lived in it, and made choices and offered opportunities that today allow this city/state to be as deservedly respected as we are. The world isn"t kept running because it"s a paying proposition. The world goes on because a few men in every generation believe in it utterly, accept it unquestioningly; they underwrite it with their lives. Personally, he gave me my first real job in broadcasting, hiring me as a morning newscaster at WTLC. He hired my brother, a labor lawyer, to help reshape the Methodist vision for Indianapolis, and he delivered my sister, now a successful Indianapolis doctor who owns a breast imaging practice. Others have similar stories. He invested his faith in then-young people like us, no doubt hoping we would follow the trail he blazed. The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way. Hard pressed to think of a living wayfinder of the caliber of Lloyd, we cannot let his passing find us at the end of a path. Let us follow his example, and work together to find new ways of making this city a great place for people of every hue, young and old, rich and poor. To do so would be the greatest honor we could give this man who offered so much to so many. Claudia Polley is a former broadcaster with WTLC, WNTS, NBC and NPR. She is now an international cultural resources consultant based in Indianapolis. All quotes by Henry Miller.