David Mayhew

I have found him to be one of the world’s best conversationalists—quick, engaging, shrewd, and formidably informed about public affairs. At one point we had a routine wherein in I met Matt at late afternoon at his Yale Medical School quarters, and then we strolled to Atticus on Chapel Street for a long talk about this and that. We solved a lot of the world’s problems. Matt’s lessons to me: Keep optimistic, keep plugging, and try to stay on top of everything going on in the world.