Dear Peggy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Hill was a very special man. My family an I were so grateful to have him as our Dr. in Lowell and to live across the street from us. He was always there when we needed him day or night. Please know that I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. Lloyd Wepman Aiken, SC
Although he entered my life when I was already grown and we lived far a part, I find so many good memories of my father's cousin, Tom, and his family. Among them are his and Jo's New Mexico visits to learn about family through multiple lenses: geneology, anthropological texts, novels, and sharing Merry Jo with us. Several years ago, he sent me his NM book collection after he noticed my many bookshelves. As I pass those books, I remember the times we spent together. Beyond New Mexico, one summer my husband, our two girls and I passed through Lansing and enjoyed a lovely back yard dinner with produce from their garden. We were pleased to meet Peggy at that time, and so I have images of all four of you as I pass those books. We are grateful for the additional family Tom brought to us, and send our best to you -- Anya Dozier Enos, Terry, Lisa, and Quala
Tom Hill was an inspiration to me in some significant ways. As I have no doctors in my immediate family, Tom, my father's first cousin, and my mother's uncle Bruno, a German GP, were important figures as physicians. Tom and Bruno were very different in their approach to retirement--Bruno's patients just grew fewer and fewer as he and they got older and older, whereas I remember well Tom telling me, " Medicine is a jealous mistress," and how he'd canceled all his medical journals upon his retirement. I admired the way Tom approached new things with excitement and passion. Tom and Bruno, despite their different approaches to the aging physician, were similar in some personal regards: both possessed both curiosity and equanimity toward life; a love of family connections, and a great resilience, perhaps forged in the survival of World War II, which allowed them to survive the deaths of their spouses and continue. It is good to think of them both as presenting possibilities. I'm sorry I never got to sing with Tom, and although I'm in a hiatus from my barbershop singing currently and I'm still dancing with the younger men in the pueblo and haven't joined the singers, I think this will be important to me also as I grow older. Old men singing, both of silly love, and the sacred, to me brings a promise undefinable. I remember also the pleasure my father and aunts and uncles took in Tom's interest in genealogy, and this passion makes more sense to me the older I grow. It's good at any stage of life to think of those people who have lived a good life, and Tom is one of those men I look to for my inspiration. My warmest regards to the rest of the family, and let us keep our connections strong. Migue Dozier MD, Santa Clara Pueblo, NM
Dear Peggy and Merry Jo -- Your father had a way of making people question things. He was just so curious. Best teacher in Lowell and he didn't work for the school. He encouraged my wife when she studied medicine later in life. He was a very thoughtful, generous man. A great doctor. I am very sad to hear of his loss.
Joel Thurtell, Plymouth, MI
Dear Merry Jo,
I always think of your Dad as a kind and loving father. He was kind to me, too. When he sang at your wedding, all the love he felt for his wife and two daughters just poured from him. While this is a great loss, his life was a great gift. My heart is with you now,