My favorite teacher at SMU was David Weber, hands down. He was a brilliant professor of history, and he had a way that MADE you want to learn. He wrote many books, and besides his knowledge of the southwest, he truly LOVED the southwest. He was kind and laid back and patient and such a wonderful mentor to so many. He became my friend for life and we kept in touch until he passed away. He had a profound impact on my SMU experience, and I will forever be grateful I was his student.