To the Editor: The common wisdom dictates that the agent of change must ultimately go. This departure is usually premature and most often unwelcome. Some individuals defy the common logic—once they are done with the changes, they choose when to withdraw and begin their next venture on their own terms. Beyond the titles, the honors, the leadership positions, and the recognitions, when the accolades are forgotten, when retirement becomes a way of life, then we should all remember John Talbott's most important legacy. The Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, the Center for Mental Health Services, the affiliation between his department and Sheppard Pratt, and Psychiatric Services will stand as reminders of the work of a tireless intellect, but they do not rank as the most enduring memories for some of us.