Message of thanks

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.

With thanks,

On the sudden passing of my husband, Mark Pescovitz, M.D.

This unexpected tragedy reminds us all of the fragility of life, and I am grateful for the support and well-wishes that my family and I are receiving from the U-M and Ann Arbor communities, as well as from our wonderful friends and family in Indianapolis. My children and I will treasure Mark’s memory, and take solace from knowing how many lives he saved and touched throughout his career and life. He was a wonderful father, husband and friend, as well as an astute and creative artist, researcher and surgeon. He will be greatly missed.

Mark’s funeral will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2 p.m., at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Mark’s honor to an organization dedicated to one of Mark’s many passions: