Of course, Alsterlind's death is sad. I was sad about it when I read about in the Contra Costa Times the other day. She was my U.S. history teacher my junior year at Acalanes. I can't say I remember a lot of details about that time in my life, but I do remember she had a remarkable way of helping students make connections between historical events and cultural attitudes and ideas. We learned lots of facts, but we learned about them in the context of their meaning within larger movements, their relevance to the present day, and their use in helping to help predict human behavior in the future.
She was a smart woman.
Here is her obituary from the Contra Costa Times: