A True Story of Love and Tragedy
Reet Howell, nee Nurmberg, was born in Sweden in 1945 as her parents fled war-torn Estonia. Ultimately the family would settle in Canada, where Reet grew up and established herself as a talented and versatile sportswoman and a hard-working student of real ability.
Reet Nurmberg met Dr Max Howell, an Australian who was also a talented sportsman and an academic, while the latter was lecturing in North America. Soon there was a flourishing romance between the student and the professor to compliment the shared interests in other fields.
Soon the team of Dr and Dr Howell was to become one of the most formidable sporting research combinations the academic world had ever seen, and their fame spread far and wide. Throughout their 19-year marriage a special harmony and happiness reigned. From the first they always worked together and each could and did inspire the other to greater heights.
Suddenly, tragically, it was over. Reet Howell, aged only 48 and at the peak of her career, was diagnosed with cancer. Within three months she would be dead.
'The Shepherd Was Sleeping' has two messages. Firstly, and most importantly, it is a celebration of the life of Reet Nurmberg, later Howell, a leading achiever of our time. She retained her strength and resolution until the last.
By sharing the very personal experiences of Max Howell, a man who had scaled heights unknown to most of us and then plumbed the darkest depths of despair, families and friends who have suffered the same loss might find extra strength to carry on.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 01 / 1998
- 149 x 220mm