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07-26-2011 12:06 AM -- By: Vernon G. Gettone, From: Millbrae, CA 94030
Nadine was an excellent scholar and mentor. I received my Ph.D. in School Psychology from UC Berkeley under the leadership of nadine Lambert. she will be missed.
08-22-2009 2:01 PM -- By: Judy Chancellor, From: Yukon, Oklahoma
I am sorry for your great loss...she led a full life of love and beauty !!
Love Judy, mother to Andy Baltzell in VM too.
03-12-2009 9:09 PM -- By: brennan takio hee, From: hawaii
Jeffry best wishes!!!
10-05-2008 4:16 PM -- By: nadine lambert, From: South Africa
Dear family of nadine i would just like to pay my respect.
In all honesty I have to say that I was curious about what would pop up after I typed my name in to Google...
There I found my name and surname in Wikipedia and I started reading about Nadine Lambert. I am so surprised to see that although on a more basic level we have a lot in common, since I worked as a teacher at the play school in South Africa (Johannesburg) until August this year and I am currently in The Netherlands as an au pair, taking care of 2 little boys for a dutch host family.
Children are my life and what I would like to accomplish is to make a difference in their lives, with whom I am and what I have learned about them over the past years.
So, with al respect of Nadine Lambert, I am proud to have the same name as her as we share the same interest and passion, namely wanting the best for the children of today becoming stable and honest adolescents in the future.
with sincere greetings,
09-21-2006 10:47 PM -- By: Lorraine Tong, From: Odessa, TX
I am deeply saddened to hear Dr. Lambert has died.
She provided a constant source of quality teaching that will be greatly misssed.
09-12-2006 2:20 PM -- By: Lynisha, From: Los Angeles
After reading the detailed information about Nadine Lambert. I am deeply saddened to know that I will never get the opportunity to meet such a wonderful person. A milestone in the Dept of School Psychology. I hope the people who knew her will never let her legacy die throughout the years.
07-13-2006 2:36 PM -- By: Jim Christopoulos, From: La Quinta, CA
Recently finding out that Nadine had passed away saddened me greatly. Her strong presence and leadership made the school psychology program the quality program that it is. I am thankful on a daily basis for the knowledge and experiences that the program provided. My professional life would not be as rewarding today if not for her past guidance. That said, what I will remember most was her warmth. Though being a strong leader, she showed warmth and compassion. This was evident from the first weeks of graduate school, when she invited all new students to her home for lunch. She will be greatly missed.
07-10-2006 7:56 PM -- By: Vic Wong, From: Berkeley
I don't have anything profound to say, and outside of a few football games, can't really say Nadine and I spent much time together away from work, but while we were in Tolman I always enjoyed every moment she was in my presence. She was always friendly and personable, and I loved talking to her and miss her greatly.
06-22-2006 5:56 PM -- By: Paul Ammon, From: UC Berkeley
A Remembrance of Nadine Lambert
For forty years, Nadine and I were faculty colleagues, and friends, in the Graduate School of Education at Berkeley. During that time I came to know many sides of a wonderfully complex and complexly wonderful person, as did many others, including students, staff, colleagues, and friends. Some may not have known Nadine for quite so long, but still long enough to appreciate her as much as I did. However, there is one way in which I may have had a unique vantage point for knowing Nadine, because for all forty of our years together, she and I had offices next to each other on the fourth floor in Tolman Hall.
Nadine had a habit of reading mail and other things as she walked along the corridor that leads to our offices. To get to her own office she would have to pass mine, and sometimes she’d be so focused on what she was reading that she’d turn into my open door before she got to hers. About two steps into my office she’d suddenly look up, say “Oh, I’m sorry,” and then beat a hasty retreat. For forty years, she probably did that about once a week! For forty years, she was that engaged in her work!
Sometimes, though, Nadine would come to my office in a much more purposeful way. She would have a gleam in her eye, and she’d say “Don’t you think it would be a good idea if we…,” and then she’d give me a whirlwind tour of the thinking that had led to her latest good idea. She’d finish by saying “So don’t you think it would be a good idea if we did that?” It would all be so fast and unexpected that I often felt somewhat less certain than Nadine that she had, in fact, had a truly good idea. But she was always so convinced that it was very hard for me to say anything but “yes.” Then she would leave, and I would be left wondering exactly what I had just agreed to. I needn’t have worried, though, because her “good ideas” generally proved to very good indeed.
I don’t remember exactly where the idea came from, but Nadine thought it would be a good idea if we started a new teacher preparation program that treated the study of child development as the foundation for teaching. That idea eventually became the Developmental Teacher Education Program, which I have been privileged to lead for over twenty-five years now. Nadine had a lot to do with making the DTE program a reality. She was one of the people who met evenings over a period of two years to plan the program, and she participated actively as an instructor and advisor during DTE’s early years. On the day our proposed program was presented to the State’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing for approval, Nadine was kind enough to drive with me to Sacramento so that she could fill me in on what would happen at the Commission meeting, which was a totally new experience for me, but not for her. Then we sat there like proud parents as our new program was born with the Commission’s blessings.
Nadine was actually instrumental in establishing a number of our programs in the School of Education. It’s well known that she came to Berkeley to found the School Psychology Program, and that she spared no effort to make it, and keep it, the premiere program of its kind in the world. But there were other programs she helped to start as well, including the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education, the Undergraduate Minor in Education, and most recently the Joint Doctoral Program in Leadership for Educational Equity. I doubt that anyone else in the School’s history has been responsible for the initiation of so many important programs. But it’s not just the quantity of programs that’s noteworthy. For Nadine, the quality of any program was always paramount, and she would pitch in and do whatever work it took for high quality to be achieved.
As hard as Nadine worked, she wasn’t all work, by any means. When the two of us left that Commission meeting, twenty-six years ago, she said “Come on, I know a place where we can get some nice food and wine for a picnic.” We took our picnic makings to a park in Sacramento and spent a good while eating, drinking, and talking about everything but work. We talked about food and wine, of course, and about our gardens and our families. For several years, Nadine and Bob Lambert were members of the same little “gourmet club” that Mary Sue and I belonged to. I especially remember the picnics our group had during those years, often in the wine country, somewhere near the Lamberts’ home in Forestville. We would enjoy our food and wine, and our conversation, out there in the fresh air, far from Tolman Hall--sort of like next-door neighbors taking a vacation together far away from home. But my Tolman Hall neighbor is gone now, and while someone else will eventually move in, no one will ever take her place.
06-14-2006 7:39 PM -- By: Lisa Walton, From: Los Altos
I put off writing anything until I had time to grieve and process such a monumental loss. I spent the last hour raptured in the many beautiful words that were expressed before me. I echo all the sentiments, expressing my deepest condolences to Jeffrey and Laura, her long standing colleague (and my respected professor Carolyn).
I will never forget when she called me on the East coast in 1986 and said she was interested in me coming to grad school at UCB. We had somewhat of a strange and stilted conversation (I think she was a bit shy, really..). when I flew out West to meet with her, I entered her office and she said to me, "you know why I was really interested in you coming here...I always wanted to be an engineer. So I think it is kinda cool that you are leaving it for us!" So we shared our love of math through the years. Following graduation (which I couldn't attend because of strict bedrest with an impending birth), I think she was a little disappointed when I wanted to spend time with my first born instead of do research. But I knew she understood. over the years, she would suggest that I look into a job at Consulting Psychologists Press in Palo Alto and offered to "make a call" for me. I think she felt like if I had to live down on the peninsula, I may as well make good use of my time! I would always agree and change to subject to wine, food, friends or family (she loved talking of you both, Jeffrey and Laura) as it was obvious that she was deeply capable of love. She seemed like she kept her love for her husband strong and alive, yet I never had a conversation about him with her. I just read between the lines.
There will never be another Nadine, and I am so fortunate to have had her in my life. She will be irreplaceable.
06-13-2006 2:22 PM -- By: Rachel Coben, From: Kensington, California
I am still so shocked and saddened that Nadine is gone. She has been such a strong influence on my life, and I really miss her. As a school psychology student, I appreciated Nadine’s leadership and vision in creating and shaping the unique program at Berkeley. I chose this program because of the focus on child development and on the prevention of school-related problems, and these continue to be my great professional interests.
I was a regular in Nadine’s research seminar, in which students received help with their position papers, oral exam preparation, and dissertations. Nadine was willing to spend time each week to provide us with the comradery and guidance that doctoral students often lack while working on such individual projects.
Nadine was able to help students working on widely disparate topics, because she had a great breadth of knowledge and because her humility and intellectual curiosity allowed her to admit to the limits of her knowledge and to learn from her students. She treated each of us as an expert, always telling us that we knew more than we thought we did.
Nadine always supported and encouraged me to reach my goals. She recommended me for a wonderful job teaching Education 100 a few years ago, which was a highlight of my time at Berkeley.
Nadine was a role model of passionate intellectual engagement, deep caring for the individual needs of learners in general, and of her students in particular. I will always admire her for these qualities.
06-11-2006 7:17 PM -- By: Michael Ranney, From: GSE, UC-Berkeley
Nadine was always completely friendly, supportive, and kind to me. I shall greatly miss her corporeal presence here in Tolman Hall, as she was ever accessible--physically (e.g., in her office), intellectually, and empathetically. Her spiritual presence, especially in the hearts and minds of all of us who have strong affection for her, will naturally continue on. Let us savor and celebrate our memories of her.
-- Michael Ranney
06-11-2006 12:57 AM -- By: Barbara Thomas, From: Fresno, CA
I just learned of the tragedy that took Nadine's life. She was such a tower of professionalism. She will truly be missed in the field.
06-10-2006 6:41 PM -- By: Judy Chancellor, From: Yukon, Oklahoma
ICON...ICON...ICON...What a great loss to this planet. Love Judy, mother of Andy Baltzell in VM too.
06-09-2006 8:56 PM -- By: Elizabeth Connolly, From: Sacramento, Ca.
Nadine has been a prominent figure in the field forever. She will be missed by everyone in the field of School Psychology.
She is a "historical figure" for
06-02-2006 1:02 PM -- By: Eileen Gambrill, From: see above
I just learned of this accident and send my sympathy.I show my students here in the school of social welfare at Berkeley the video in which Nadine appears -"Ritalin abuse comnnection"presented by CBC Market Place in Canada.Her related research is very important.
I hope this research does not get lost amonst the strident efforts to make the results go away.Eileen Gambrill
05-27-2006 6:47 PM -- By: Kelly Corigliano, From:
Nadine had been such a wonderful source of support and guidance throughout the 4 years I knew her. I can't believe that I will be finishing the school psychology program without her. I remember thinking on several occassions over the last few years how lucky I felt to be going through the program with Nadine as a teacher and mentor. I only wish that I had told her how I felt. I will certainly miss her and still can't believe she is no longer with us. She will forever be an inspiration to me.
05-26-2006 3:30 PM -- By: Daniela Rawicz-Wolff, From: berkeley/lafayette
I am deeply saddened by the news of Nadine’s death. I worked in the School Psychology and Educational Psychology office in the Department of Education for several years and worked with Nadine daily. She was a wonderful person, who was thoughtful and insightful not only to the many students in her department, but to her staff as well. She will be profoundly missed. My deepest sympathy to all of Nadine’s family.
Sincerely, Daniela Rawicz-Wolff
05-25-2006 7:42 PM -- By: Jon Sandoval, From: Gualala, CA
The following are my remarks at Memorial Servce for Nadine.
Celebrating Nadine Lambert
I recently joined a discussion group made up of a number of distinguished, successful men from a variety of professions, e.g. Journalists, scientists, engineers, graphic designers, business executives. During one of the first meetings, the topic turned to the person, outside of our family, who had been most influential in our life. My thoughts turned to Nadine. She certainly had a long-lasting and monumental impact on my career as a school psychologist and as a professor. I know I am not alone in being blessed with Nadine’s influence among those who have gone on to work in higher education.
Interestingly enough, many of the others in the group mentioned a former teacher or an early employer as having a lasting impact on their thinking and their standards for how to behave professionally. Also commonly mentioned was the reason for the impact. The mentor had seen in the student or junior colleague a talent or ability that the person himself did not perceive. The mentor had high expectations for that person and held them accountable. The mentor believed in them and was persistent in helping them become competent. Nadine Lambert served in that capacity for generations of students.
Berkeley in the 60’s was a fabled place. I had come to graduate school directly from an undergraduate psychology major to study counseling psychology in the school of education. Although I enjoyed my first semester classes, I found myself restless and was not sure where things were leading. One of my fellow students, Carolyn Hartsough, who had a similar background in psychology, suggested we might consider signing up for a class on intelligence testing from a new professor, Nadine Lambert. We began our relationship with Nadine in the Spring Semester of 1966. In the class and the fieldwork, I found myself stimulated, challenged, and my mind opened up to new ways to think about applying psychology. At the end of the course, Nadine announced that she was starting a new credential and doctoral program in school psychology in the fall of 1966. I was among the first to sign on. This first cohort of future school psychologists consisted of a number of students who continued to work with her even after graduating: Carolyn Hartsough, Hugh Cox, Patricia Elias, Diane Reardon (Scott), and later Jean Leppaluoto (Ramage). I was surprised when she asked me to be her teaching assistant in her course on intelligence testing and later on as a teaching associate and lecturer for the professional school psychology courses. She thought I could do this job, even when I had doubts. She continued to nominate me for positions over the years and facilitated my career. She believed in my competence, sometimes when I did not.
In her formal courses, and in her supervision of my work, I came to realize why I so highly valued my association with Nadine. To begin, when you were with Nadine, you felt like you were a member of a team trying to do something worthwhile and important. She was full of ideas for ambitious projects. With Nadine, you believed that nothing was unfeasible, although it might take some time and effort. When Nadine had an idea it was impossible not to be swept up in her vision and enthusiasm. It could be on almost any topic from wine or food to the reconciliation of the NASP and APA professional organizations. If you were on her team, you felt you were a valued ally and nothing could deter you from success. You were part of something exciting and groundbreaking.
I also came to realize that Nadine often had a way of thinking about issues and problems that was different from how I framed that same issue or problem. It was not a matter of right or wrong, but rather an alternative set of conceptualizations that made me examine my own assumptions and see things in a new way. I did not always adopt Nadine’s point of view, but I always appreciated it and was challenged by it. She made me stop and think, long after a conversation was finished.
Graduate school was a wonderful experience for me. I was filled with ideas from amazingly talented professors, I made life-long friends, and I gained a professional identity. When it was over, when my title page was finally signed, I even felt a bit of regret. That was mitigated when Nadine asked me to come to dinner at her house along with friends to celebrate the occasion. It was a memorable evening, the first of several, with incredible food and wine. And it was the first time I allowed myself to address Mrs. Lambert as “Nadine”.
Over the years since completing my dissertation, I continued to work with Nadine in many capacities. I can’t exactly claim she was a model for me to follow, rather the things she did made sense to me, and I felt we were working for parallel goals. We did research together on children with Attention Deficit disorder and we both participated in school psychology credential changes and supportive legislation for school psychologists in the State of California. In different roles, we contributed to the development of school psychology nationally through involvement with the American Psychological Association. We both had a particular interest in consultation as a role for school psychologists and promoted dialogue internationally on consultee-centered consultation. She was always supportive of my career and I knew I could count on her for wise counsel and direction.
Nadine was particularly influential in the American Psychological Association. She was on the Board of Directors and was once a candidate for President of the Organization. She was a genus at organizational politics and used her skill to advocate for the maintenance of the specialization of school psychology and the creation of a directorate to promote both the education of psychologists and the application of psychology to education. She served several terms representing school psychology on the APA Council of Representatives, and chaired the Board of Educational Affairs. In these positions she forced an organization dominated by clinical psychologists to recognize the importance of school psychologists, the realities of state credentialing, and the importance that psychology address the needs of educators and children in schools. No one has come close to wielding the influence in that organization that Nadine did for 40 years. Colleagues acknowledged her contributions with the Distinguished Service Award and the Senior Scientist Award from APA’s Division of School Psychology, as well as APA’s award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Psychology as a Professional Practice, and APA's award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training.
When we last talked, a week before her accident, we were discussing a conference on consultation which will take place in June. We had worked on other conferences in the past. With the news of her death, the planners momentarily considered canceling the event, but knew it would not be in keeping with her memory. We will all miss her insights, energy and dedication to consultation as a means of building a better future for children, and we have decided to continue with the meeting in her honor.
Our colleague Ingrid Hylander from Sweden could not be here, and wanted me to acknowledge the support and inspiration she has given to Swedish school and pre-school psychologists. She will be greatly missed in Scandinavia and elsewhere in the world. Chryse Hatzichristou, a former student now directing a school psychology program at the University of Athens in Greece, also wished me to acknowledge her international contributions and say how much she will continue to be present in her life.
It is clear that Nadine’s impact on school psychology was incredible and far-reaching. But her influence on me, and particularly on other former students who have gone on as academic school psychologists, has been incalculable. She has given us a map and compass to follow, but we will still greatly miss her companionship on our journey. We will think of her often and with great fondness.
May 23, 2006
05-25-2006 7:49 AM -- By: Gabriele van Lingen, From: various places, currently in the Virgin Islands
Nadine represented all that was right with the world. Not only was her work always of the highest standards and quality, but, during the 35 years that I knew her, her actions reflected her immense knowledge and honest values. As her former student, she continued to believe in me, support me in my goals, and listen to my concerns related to our profession. Her challenges to my assumptions always led to a broader understanding and perspective, and because of her nature, to hope. I will continue to admire Nadine, and I will miss her sincere interest and honest feedback. I was proud to have her as my teacher, and after years in the profession, I know she was the best. Nadine was a truly unique individual, who will be irreplaceable to school psychology and in my own life. We needed more of her. Thank you, Nadine.
05-23-2006 11:49 PM -- By: Helen A. Clifton, From: GSE, UC Berkeley
As so many have said in this memorial, Nadine's death has caught all of us by surprise, stuck in grief since we first heard the bad news. I've been in the GSE for 33 years, and she's been among the most vigorous characters I've ever met, at work and in the world. I've been putting off the task of writing for this memorial because it's been so hard to get a grip on her really being gone from us. I decided to grab the first word that came to mind to describe her, and it was "indomitable." I looked it up on Microsoft Word thesaurus to make sure the meaning was apt, and to find a prettier word, perhaps. But I was right, indomitable it is, synonyms: strong, unconquerable, resolute, determined, stubborn, tough, spirited, and doughty. I thought she'd outlast us all, keep coming to work, even if Tolman Hall and civilization as we know it were to fall in ruins. And she'd always be dressed in inimitable style, with beautiful and unusual bead necklaces, and shoes that surely must have been dyed to match. I think the memorial fund is a great way to honor her, but I'd also like to be able to contribute to a permanent set-up of picnic table and benches outside the Dean's Office windows, where we could chat and raise a toast to Nadine now and again. Nadine, you were grand to know. I'll miss your strength and loyalty to all you cared about, and so many things that made you seem larger-than-life.
05-22-2006 1:32 PM -- By: Stephen Hinshaw, From: Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley
Nadine was a pioneer, of course, in the study of children with ADHD (then called hyperactivity or hyperkinesis) as they were identified by parents, teachers, or doctors in the community. In recent years, as the prospective follow-up went far into adulthood, the study's findings were pioneering. Regarding some of the controversial findings, mainly related to the possibility that children who received stimulants when they were young were at greater risk for drug abuse potential later in life, Nadine received grief from many in the field who did not welcome such results. Yet she remained true to her data, and she was always gracious with me as I consulted with her about where to find dollars for the next round of studies.
I can only imagine the shock and grief of all in the School of Education and in the school psychology community nationwide.
Faculty and family commitments may keep me from the memorial, but I will be there in spirit.
05-21-2006 2:11 PM -- By: Meji Singh, From: Dublin, Ca.
I have known Nadine since 1972 when she invited me to make a presentation at a two day workshop. She invited me to be a faculty member in the School Psycholgy program in 1990. Ever since I have enjoyed our professional affiliation immenseley. I was always in awe of her sharp intellect and total devotion to excellence. It is hard to bear her sudden loss. May God bless her family the stregth to bear her sudden departure.
05-20-2006 11:10 AM -- By: Laura Clark-Post, From: Oakland, CA
I was so saddened to hear of Nadine's death. I had not seen her in years, but to this day, her influence is felt in my job as a school psychologist in Palo Alto, CA. During my years in the program in the early 80's, I can recall complaining about not getting enough clinical training in the school psych program and not understanding why Nadine was so enamored with the consultation model. It was not long after I started my job in Palo Alto in 1988, that I realized how much I appreciated being trained as a consultant.
Nadine was always a huge presence in Tolman Hall and I have to admit I was very intimidated by her. However, whenever I had the opportunity to sit down with her one-to-one, she was always so supportive and understanding. I really felt like she cared very deeply for all of her students. What a huge loss to our community. Blessings to her family and all who knew her well.
05-20-2006 1:45 AM -- By: Andrea Lum, From: San Leandro, CA
During my years with the School of Education many years ago, I deeply appreciated Nadine's professionalism and support of the Student Services office. Few faculty truly understood the demands of maintaining Cal's bureaucratic engine--I remember Nadine being one of the few who diligently and willingly signed the many forms put in front of her.
Despite the years that had elapsed between the time I left Tolman Hall and when I applied to graduate school, she graciously supplied a letter of recommendation that was more than I deserved. I am convinced that her generous assessment of my potential as a grad student was a key factor in my admission.
I will always remain grateful for her support and kindness. My very heartfelt condolences to Nadine's family.
05-17-2006 7:23 PM -- By: Colette Ingraham, From: San Diego State University, California
It was such a shock that such an amazing woman could be struck down in such a tragic accident. It is taking me time to grieve and think about what to write here. Nadine was a very significant force in school psychology, organized psychology, and in my life. From the time I was a student at UCB (1977-84) until when I saw her last at the March 2006 NASP convention, I was always impressed by her brilliance and visionary perspective on psychological research, policy, and practice.
At the March 2006 meeting of the School Psychology Educators of California, she was there, urging school psychology professors across the state to take a proactive position regarding some recent professional issues, just as compellingly and insightfully as she had done for decades! Throughout her career, she was a powerful influence, promoting a preventive, comprehensive role for school psychology and assuring access to high quality mental health and educational services in schools. Through her unwavering leadership, she assured that school psychology was visible and had an active voice within the field of psychology, APA, and in the schools. Nadine had a knack for knowing how to bring different parties together to work out solutions and move the agenda of excellent services for children forward past political or pedagogical chasms.
I am proud to be one of the many, many students for whom she was a mentor, model, and colleague. I feel fortunate to have experienced her warmth, passion, encouragement, love of excellent food and wine, depth, and of course, her keen intellect. She was a leader, teacher, scholar, and powerful advocate who will be sorely missed. Nadine, thank you for all you have taught us, shown us, and given us! You will live on through our work.
05-15-2006 1:17 PM -- By: Lee Huff, From: CASP/NASP
It has been my pleasure to have known Nadine since the early 1989. Her influence has been responsible for the leadership in our profession that has continued to push the envelope and shaped the current and future direction of school psychology in California and the nation. We have Nadine to thank for leaders like John Sandoval, Colette Ingraham, Michael Goodman, Betty Henry, Brent Duncan, and many others that I may have failed to identify here. Thank you Nadine.
05-15-2006 1:06 PM -- By: Jack Cummings, From: Indiana University
I had the pleasure of serving on the division 16 executive board with Nadine. I was new to the board and she was the seasoned politician. Sitting next to her at meals was a treat because she would process the discussions of the day and usually have an opinion on how an issue should go. Sitting at the same table also had the benefit of a good wine selection for the meal.
When my wife, Marcia and I, were in the Berkeley area she was a gracious host. I will miss her advice and astute wisdom. She was a powerful force for school psychology within APA.
05-11-2006 8:59 PM -- By: annette o'connor, From: orinda, ca
I am sorry to be away at the time of Nadine's memorial. I would very much like to be there to honor her memory and to share the celebration of her life with fellow mourners and friends I respected and admired Nadine, and am grateful for her enormous contribution to my graduate and professional life. She, herself, was larger than life, and will always be remembered with awe by her former students and colleagues.
05-11-2006 2:22 AM -- By: Jessie Yim Chan, From: Arcadia, CA
It is with shock and disbelief that I heard the news of Nadine's passing. Her presence and legacy are so intertwined with the School Psychology program and Cal, that I cannot imagine Tolman Hall without her. When I first met her as a grad student, she was such an intimidating presence, but her dry wit and infectious laugh put me at ease. Nadine was a wonderful teacher and mentor, and the lessons that I learned from her guide my professional life everyday. I truly appreciate and respect her contributions to our field. Thank you Nadine.
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