Anita Paul - A Dear Friend

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On November 2nd, the court reporting profession lost a true hero, Anita Paul. Her contributions to our profession and also her passionate devotion to helping everyone she met be the very best they could be will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone whose lives she touched. She had the ability to captivate any size room she ever entered. I’m certain that most reporters in the field today have either heard her name or were lucky enough to have attended one of her seminars.

Anita was a huge fan of SearchMaster and spoke about what an incredible time-saver it is in all of her seminars, including the last one she did in October in South Dakota. Anita was one of those people I call larger than life. One of her favorite quotes was by Maya Angelou: “People may not remember exactly what you did or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” After reading the many wonderful tributes, praises, and memories people shared on her Facebook page and elsewhere all over the Internet upon learning of her passing, it can truly be said that Anita not only believed that but truly lived it out in an exemplary way.


She was a dear friend of Jim’s and mine since back in the ‘90s, and I’ll always treasure the times we shared together. Here is a picture of Jim and Anita attending a convention in Boston in ’99.

Rest in peace, dear friend. Your legacy will surely live on!

– – Lynda Barker, RDR


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  1. Judy M. Fugate, RMR

    Such a beautiful tribute, Lynda. I had the pleasure of attending two of Anita’s workshops, and everything you say about her is so true. Somehow, I had not heard of Anita’s passing and only became aware of it via a link to the story through the NCRA JCR email. Similarly, I had not heard of Jim’s passing except through Anita’s tribute to him in her newsletter. I was so grateful to her for sharing it that I replied to her through that newsletter email and thanked her. To my amazement and delight, she actually took the time to thank me for my kind words. Pretty incredible. The loss of both of these inspirational people has definitely left a void in my world…

  2. Donna Sr-Aubin

    Thank you for the beautiful tribute. Such a nice picture.

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