He was the best pathology resident I had ever known, before or since that day nine years ago. And that includes hundreds of residents at seven institutions where I have had direct responsibility. He had entered medical school later in life than most, having first become a cytotechnologist, thus acquiring a skill that helped him work his way through medical school. Only three months into his internship, he made a pathology presentation to medical grand rounds at the largest teaching hospital in the United States and received an ovation from the usually cynical crowd. In addition to excelling in every standard rotation in anatomic and clinical pathology, he ran a major course in general and systemic pathology for 150 sophomore pharmacy students as an add-on to his second-year residency duties.
He was also an exceptional human being on a personal level. I remember a softball game at a fund-raising Medical