Hey friends, how are you? I’ll be honest, I’m a bit emotional at the moment. It’s just one of those days when I really wish I was home. I’m always missing home but today is different, because today is a very momentous day for my Dad. Today my dear Daddy is retiring from his 41 year career as a Doctor of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
As I type this, I truly can’t believe it’s happening. For those of you who don’t know my Dad, I’ll give you some background:
My Dad grew up in Northern New Hampshire in a small town called Groveton, where he graduated from his high-school class as Valedictorian. (Fun fact: his class only had around 35 kids in total!) Following high-school, he attended the University of New Hampshire, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He then went-on to graduate from Boston University School of Medicine. Following his four years at UNH and four years in medical school, he then completed a one-year internship, followed by a two-year residency at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. Following this, he completed an additional two-year fellowship in Gastroenterology at Upstate Medical Center.
Here’s my Mom and Dad at his BU Medical School reunion last year
Have you lost count yet? That’s over 13 years of higher education! There’s a reason why he’s the smartest person I know : –) Somewhere in the midst of all of this education, my Mom and Dad got married, too. She has been at his side the entire time, and is an incredible support system for him. This year will mark their 38th wedding anniversary!
Anyway, in total, my Dad has practiced Internal Medicine and Gastroentrology for 41 years. For the last 37 years, he practiced at Goodall Hospital in Sanford, Maine. (This is actually the same hospital my twin sister and I were born at, too)! His practice started out as a combination of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology(GI), but after many years he began to specifically specialize in GI only; it’s truly what he loves and it is currently what he still specializes in today. By looking at him, you’d never guess his age. He doesn’t look a day over 40 in my book!
I’ve never met a doctor quite like my Dad. Kind-hearted, compassionate, dedicated, passionate about his job, and putting his patients first are just a few traits to describe him. You don’t find many people out there who genuinely love their job, but he is one of them. He’s also quite funny, and over his years at Goodall he has become well-known for frequently carrying a joke or two around in his pocket to share with nurses, colleagues, and patients. His office staff often finds him munching on a piece of chocolate or some-sort of dessert, and he’ll never say no to ice-cream (it runs in the family, clearly)!
With Dad at OrangeLeaf in Delray Beach, FL, enjoying some Fro-Yo!
Today my Dad has so much to be proud of. Not only for his 41 year career in medicine, but also for his life-long dedication to helping others and saving lives. He has detected cancers, diseases, and sicknesses. He has delivered good news and bad news to patients with both compassion and grace. He has worked late nights for as long as I can remember and worked most weekends, just to be sure he personally placed phone calls to all of his patients. For the last 41 years, he has devoted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to helping others. So today, I celebrate my Dad on his exceptional career, his well-deserved retirement and his “new” life with my Mom. I’m not sure if he’ll relax completely for awhile, but he sure does deserve it. I love you, Dad!