After graduation, I attended Allegheny College,
in Meadville PA. (The hometown of Sharon Stone, who was probably in grade
school). I graduated with a BS in Chemistry. I also learned what a Wind-Chill of
-15 feels like. While there, I was at first Chief Engineer of the college FM
radio station, and then Station Manager. We were named the best radio station in
the Great Lakes Region of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. The faculty
voted me into Who’s Who in American Colleges and
Universities In my senior year.
I then attended SUNY Downstate
Medical Center in Brooklyn, met my future wife Phyllis on a blind date, was
commissioned in the US Navy (active duty each summer), married in 1968 and
graduated in 1969. A year of Internship at Beth Israel gave us the chance to
enjoy life in “the city”. I then returned to Downstate in Brooklyn for a
four-year residency in OB-GYN. The Navy called again, my rank was raised to Lt.
Cmdr., and I was assigned to the Philadelphia Naval Hospital to teach residents.
and protect Philadelphia from invasion. While there, I was sent as the ship’s
medical officer for a 10-week training cruise to GITMO. It was fun to tell the
600 crew and marines that their doctor was a gynecologist. I also was
responsible for taste testing the ship’s soft ice cream machine each day.
My two-year tour ended, and I
joined an OB-GYN group in Port Jefferson, which grew to 15 MD’s by the time I
retired in 2010. During my practice years, became Board Certified, was on staff
at Stony Brook University Hospital as a teaching attending, president of the
medical staff at J.T. Mather Hospital, president of the Suffolk County OB-GYN
Society, delivered about 3000 babies and was managing partner of my group.
I was fortunate to have successful
bypass surgery in early 2016.
Phyllis and I are blessed with two
sons, a grand dog and two grand children, for whom we joyfully babysit. We will
celebrate our 50th Anniversary in August. We arrange family
vacations, and enjoy visiting National Parks and Presidential Libraries.