From Harriet Held’s Friends

Over the past week we learnt how many friends Harriet Held had as we received dozens of notes mourning her loss.  Everyone was as shocked as we were.

We wanted to share with you a few of the comments we received (without attribution and slightly edited to fit this space).

I really cannot express how so sorry I am to hear this.  I was one of the people that Harriet connected with, as you say, and she shared her struggles with me.  Like you, I really expected her to soar past her difficulties.  We’ll be sure to send a donation in her name.  Please give our condolences to all of the Basex family.  We’ll miss her too.

I’m saddened to hear about Harriet.  While I’ve never met her in person, we spent multiple hours on the phone over the years.  Mostly the soft-sell but also developing a relationship.  I had expected her to be on the call the other day and when she wasn’t thought that soon I’d get a call.  I’m afraid I’ve been a tough sell over the lean years here but was looking forward to her cheery banter as she tempted and tried to persuade me.  I’m sure it’s a big personal loss for you so please accept my sincere condolences.

And an entry on the memorial page:

Harriet’s infectious zest for life and animals were a blessing and lesson for us all.

If you would like to make a donation in Harriet’s memory, please consider the American Cancer Society or the Troubadour Theatre (  We have established a memorial page that you can visit.

Jonathan B. Spira is CEO and Chief Analyst at Basex.  David Goldes is president of Basex.

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