posted on Sep 10, 2014
A New Yorker by birth, I moved to Indianapolis when I was 12 years old along with my 11 siblings and parents, Frank and Cora. My 12th (and last!) sibling was born a few years later. We attended St. Matthew’s Catholic Church where most of my siblings were active in youth choir. Lacking musical talent, I enjoyed sitting in the pew listening to them.
After graduating from North Central High School, I attended Wabash College and then IU School of Medicine. During my internal medicine residency, I met a beautiful, vivacious lass in Eagle Creek Park and proposed to her 6 months later. Lea Anne and I were married in a Catholic wedding by a Methodist minister in the United Methodist Church of Lydick, Indiana (thank you Father Gilday!), and within a month, my unsuspecting bride was pregnant with the first of our six children.
In 1986, with two kids in diapers, we spent a year working as health volunteers in rural Haiti, enjoying the simple pleasures of life in a cinder block house with no running water or electricity. Bathing in the river is one of our more treasured memories. A couple of years later, now with three sons, we spent a year working in Kenya as the inaugural team leaders for what would become a 25 year partnership between Indiana University and Moi University. I continue to direct that partnership and also work as a hospitalist at Eskenazi Hospital.
Lea Anne and I live in Zionsville. Our three sons and our oldest daughter have all graduated from college (Hanover, Notre Dame, Wabash, and IU), our middle daughter is a sophomore at Purdue, and our youngest daughter is a 5th grader at the International School of Indiana.
For several years, I wrote a monthly reflection, usually with input from my father. Writing those reflections with my father was one of the most edifying and rewarding experiences of my life. Unfortunately, he suffered an incapacitating stroke a couple of years ago, and I lost the desire to write. But, I am now keen to give it a go again, with the hope that I can lean on my children for guidance instead of my father.