Over a lifetime of alliance in professional life and cordial friendship, his energy, intelligence, and dedication to those who need us most has never faltered. John has been a force for excellence in academic psychiatry, as a department chair, in psychiatric politics, and as an editor. Of his many assets, optimism and distrust of unnecessary compromise have been a shining beacon for many who feel that psychiatry must focus on those who need us most. Boundless energy, great people skills, and tenacity as an advocate make him a leader of substance, not self-gratification. When a classmate died and we needed someone to develop a scholarship, he was there. When the field needed direction to pursue its deepest calling, he was there. I'm proud to be his classmate, coauthor, and friend.