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Dr. Joel J. Alpert 1930 - 2013

Dr. Joel J. Alpert

This Guest Book has been kept online by Norm Alpert.
Sunday, April 06, 2014
I apologize for the late entry. I only just discovered the news about Dr. Alpert. I was his "assistant" (my word - his word was "secretary") for about 4 years at BUMC/BCH. He was always bursting with an impressive amount of energy (hard to keep up with!). He deeply cared about his work and was a generous man. I feel lucky to have known and worked with him, and to have had to chance to get to know Barbara and members of his family. One of my favorite memories is going to his lake house in Maine. I still have the carpetbag he gave me on that trip, and think of him every time I use it. Barbara, I hope you are doing well now and are able to live with many fond memories of a great man.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
I was so saddened to learn of the death of this great pediatrician. I saw Joel at the AAP NCE and he was as vibrant as ever! What a loss to pediatricians and children everywhere. My deepest sympathies to his family.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
It is easy for me to remember my first interaction with Joel Alpert. During my year as President of the American Medical Student Association I had heard many things about him from our sources on Capitol Hill and in the various federal agencies with which we worked. They described his energy, his innovations in pediatrics and pediatric education and, most importantly, his passion regarding access to healthcare for poor children. After all of the good things I had heard, I couldn't wait to meet him. From practically the first minute of his session with a group of us applying for a residency position at Boston City Hospital (BCH), he announced that it was outrageous that the US did not yet have a national health program to provide health care for all. And off we went!

Ultimately I did my training at BCH during the last years of Dr. Alpert's time as Chair of the Pediatrics Department. On top of the practice of pediatrics ("Don't forget to percuss the chest!"), we were taught that advocacy -- at the individual, local, state and national levels -- was essential to addressing the varied issues faced by our patients. Conferences were not only a time to share clinical and research information, but also a time to hear legislative updates as well.

I feel thankful for Joel's consistent mentorship, opinionated politics, passionate advocacy and playful sense of humor. He took me under his wing and helped me with my first research efforts. He was a giant in the field and an inspiration for so many of us.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Thank you to Norm Alpert for clarifying on the office in Arlington -- my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear father. He was loved by many and will be in the hearts of so many adults who appreciated his kindness when they were children.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Dear Barbara,
I was deeply saddened to hear of our loss. My condolences to you and all of the family.
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