If I saw a theme in the birthday cards for my father sent or given to him by other doctors, it was the word “Mentor.”
Over and over his fellow physicians thanked him for being their mentor.
One doctor said that my father was first his “mentor, then a colleague, always a friend.”
Another said, “You have been a remarkable role model to countless young physicians — certainly including me.”
There are many more, but my favorite was this one:
…Happy birthday to my mentor, colleague and friend. I don’t know if I have ever told how I feel about the mentor part — if not, it’s about time!
When I think about what it means to be a good doctor, and a good teacher and leader of doctors, the things that stand out as most important in my mind are the qualities of humanism that you have demonstrated — have lived and breathed — every day of your life — compassion, humility, science, altruism, humor, integrity, and an unwavering moral compass, I can’t think of anyone I have known in my 39 years as a doctor who more completely fills that description. So, though you may or may not have been aware of it, I thank you for being a role model that I cherish — both then and now — as you have faced aging with dignity and grace.
You are loved…
A mentor to many, and very loved. Yes, that’s my father.
No picture today. I scrolled through so many photographs, but nothing stood out to me.
I need to crank out another A-to-Z post, too, to catch up.