Marc was among the most talented and thoughtful scholars of my generation. He was also a warm, modest human being and a beloved friend. I often asked him to comment on my papers and manuscripts, and he was ever gracious and generous with his time. Over several decades, he and I exchanged ideas about academic, intellectual and political issues around the world. We regularly discussed political issues and developments in Iran, the Middle East, and the United States. His analysis was always rigorous, weaving together minute details to create a broad picture. Throughout, he was concerned with issues of fairness and justice. These conversations were educational and immensely rewarding for me.

Susan and I visited Marc just weeks before he passed and were profoundly moved by his grace and humility. Even toward the end, he expressed more concerns with the plight of others than himself. I cherish my memories of Marc and his genuine concern for humanity.