My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Dear Joanne, Romney, Dr. Thane Jr. and Family.
Fifty years ago, almost to the day, I first met Dr. Thane Cody in the department of otorhinolaryngology at Mayo Clinic Rochester. He was a rising staff surgeon destined for greatness; he did not disappoint, and I was merely a first year resident. For me, Dr. Cody was an intellectual giant and at that time, already an innovative, creative ear surgeon. As a consummate gentleman he was kind to me and I was deeply honored when he asked me to join the Mayo staff in 1970. I have the greatest respect and appreciation as his appointment gave me the opportunity for a full 33-year medical and surgical career at Mayo for which I am profoundly and eternally grateful. Then, as our chairman, my chief, he was a strong leader with immutable values, which centered on honesty, integrity and bold truthfulness. Thane lived a rich, full, and extraordinary life of accomplishment; his curious brilliant mind made him a broadly published researcher, a masterful ear surgeon, a successful administrator first as our department chair, then as a member of Mayo leadership on the board of governors and ultimately as CEO of Mayo Jacksonville. As I remember him, Thane loved life, his patients, as he always had their best interests in mind and his students, I think most of them but most of all he loved his family as he spoke often of his darling spouse and best friend Joanne, the love of his life, and of his intense devotion to his cherished and delightful children, Romney and Thane Jr. As I viewed Dr. Cody, his life was full of courage, seeking truth in medicine, passion and enthusiasm for our profession, for politics, for golf and for general welfare of people. In many ways he was my guiding light; certainly he was a star of the first magnitude in all aspects of medicine, as an outstanding researcher, clinician and administrator. Personally, I am eternally grateful for all the insights and knowledge he generously passed on to his students and colleagues in general and to me in particular. Professor Cody leaves behind directions, for us all, of how to live a life with curiosity, integrity and dignity; he was the embodiment of a life well lived. Goodnight and goodbye my dear mentor, professor and life teacher.
Dear Joanne and family. I am so very sorry for such a huge loss of an amazing Husband, Father, Grandpa and Friend. Joanne you and Thane are two of the dearest people that I have ever met. I loved spending time with both you and Thane.
I know that the deep love and amazing memories that you all shared will enrich your lives forever. Even in his absence he will always be there.
There is a favorite quote by Anais Nin that says "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." You and Thane have added a very special element to my life. I am always here for your.
I owe a great deal to you and Thane. He made it possible for me to work at Mayo (Rochester) and later to move to Jacksonville. I will ever be greatful for my association with you folks.THANKS.
Dear Mrs. Cody and Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences over the loss of your beloved Thane. I am forever grateful to him for his vision and efforts to establish Mayo Clinic in Florida.