When I read the news obituary of Shelley Stark it brought back such a feeling of sadness mixed with fond memories of a wonderful person ("Selfless Public Defender Devoted to Law and Motherhood," June 26). I knew her when I was director of the American Civil Liberties Union here but also on a personal basis. She was on the ACLU board, which benefited greatly by her legal knowledge and great enthusiasm.
Personally, we were often together at politically liberal events and would get together to talk over the legal aspects of the day -- mainly women's right to choose. While she was much younger than I, I felt I benefited by her clarity of views and great desire to work tirelessly for justice. I could see such a bright future for her and was delighted when she was appointed federal public defender for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Even today I think of her and her family each time I pass the house where they lived while in Pittsburgh and, in Pittsburgh fashion, refer to it in my mind as the Stark/Dealy house. She was missed when she and Bob left Pittsburgh for Connecticut. Her death means she will be missed even more.