I got the news on Friday morning that Dr. Ellamae Simmons had died, sleeping peacefully away in the night. She was 101 years old. I will write more soon, because this extraordinary woman, who I met and began working with on her book when she was 97, was certainly one of the most generous, brilliant, and courageous humans I have ever known, and it was my life's great privilege to be asked to write her story. The first black woman allergist and immunologist in the country, Ellamae also posted a raft of other firsts, including being one of eight army nurses to integrate the US armed forces during World War II. After attending medical school on the G.I. Bill after the war, she witnessed and helped usher in more than a century of social transformation, making history herself at every turn. I knew she would be leaving us soon. Her niece had called me two weeks ago to let me know. She asked if I would write her obituary when the time came. And so I shall. I keep having a strange a wondrous thought, that perhaps my mother and Ellamae are meeting now in heaven. Oh, how they would appreciate each other.