Dear friends and colleagues,
I cannot thank you enough for the tremendous support you have provided to me and my family during this difficult time as we mourn the death of my husband, Mark.
Nearly 1,000 people attended his funeral service in Indianapolis yesterday, with approximately 100 from Michigan, including from our extraordinary U-M and Health System community.
Those who came heard stories and memories shared by Mark’s brothers and sister, the dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine and our three children. I had the honor of presenting the concluding eulogy and was able to share with everyone just how wonderful, modest, witty, giving and loving the man with whom I was blessed to share 31 years of marriage was in every way.
Mark was a committed volunteer and leader in the Jewish, art and music communities; a surgeon who always put patients first; a researcher determined to find new ways to save and improve lives; an artist who absorbed and reflected the world around him; and a dedicated father, husband, brother and son who embraced the true beauty and meaning of family. We will miss him dearly, and we will remember and honor him forever.
Your notes and e-mails, your posts on my Web site, your calls and your compassion mean a great deal to me. I am awed and overwhelmed, but not surprised, by your kindness and generosity.