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Unflinching Generosity between Friends

James Lassoie, faculty
Tompkins County

When Tianjun Hou emailed her former professor, James P. Lassoie, to check-in, he was struck by her kindness. Now living in Shanghai, Hou had worked with Lassoie when she first came to Cornell in fall 2011. "She was an excellent student and a joy to get to know," said Lassoie. In their most recent emails, Hou offered to mail 50 face masks to him and his family. He plans to donate these to local healthcare workers who need the supplies. "I must admit to having a lump in my throat over her generosity," he said.