Dr. James B. “Barney” McGrath was my undergraduate and graduate advisor as well as being the department chair. He was always supportive even when he was having to be directive. I knew Dr. McGrath was an SMU graduate, himself, but was surprised to learn at his memorial that he had been a cheerleader in his undergraduate years. And then, it was no surprise at all. To be a student of Dr. McGrath’s meant having a coach, a mentor, but most especially one’s own cheerleader to encourage success. I do not think I would have gotten through the master’s program without his cheering me on.