As a freshman in the fall of 1968 I met one of the greatest influences in my life. Dr Raymond G. Berry, advisor, professor, mentor, and friend. He inspired me to become a chemist. He nurtured my natural curiosity, and ingrained the scientific method. He was a hard task master, but always fair, and his door was always open for help and advice. He became a genuine and caring friend and mentor. I think of him often, even now as I am coming to the end of my career as an environmental scientist.