The public was down on the petroleum industry so I found myself in my first corporate job, clueless. The work of writing speeches and ghostwriting articles I could do. It was the organizational culture of an oil company I couldn't decode.
Maybe it was Rolf's military background, maybe it was a big heart - or both. I was one of the many he took under his wing for mentoring. That was to go on for decades, well after we all, including Rolf, went on to bigger jobs and then hanging out our shingles.
Why Rolf was so effective in "getting through" to us with his "recommendations" was his almost comical mix of gentleness and brutal common sense. Three minutes with him on the phone and I got it that course correction was necessary and what exactly that should entail.
I have a hunch that now Rolf is mentoring newbies in heaven how to extract the most joy from paradise. Perhaps it was because he survived wars that he developed a unique inner happiness. That was his aura. Here is his obituary.