Dear McNeal Family:

My name is Edward Rossotti and I was a classmate of Dan's at Georgetown. I want to extend my condolences to the entire McNeal family. Dan was truly an exceptional human being. I don't think I've ever met someone who was so selfless and generous. Of all the great things that Dan did for so many people, I am not sure why the following story keeps coming to my mind, but it does, so I would like to share it with you.

Early one morning, as we were all settling in for an accounting class in Healy Hall, Dan overhead a classmate mention that she had not had the time to get a cup of coffee before class started. So Dan popped out of his chair without a moment's thought and ran to get her a cup of coffee. The look on her face when Dan came back into the room with the coffee is a look that Dan brought to the faces of so many around him. It was a look of awe, of disbelief that another human being could be so thoughtful and kind and generous and want nothing in return.

This seems like such a silly story considering the many other important things Dan accomplished, but at the same time this story shows that Dan was always willing to help anyone, at any time, for any reason. Period.

It is incomprehensible to me why God would allow someone like Dan to be taken off this earth.

Your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

Edward Rossotti

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