I'm so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I remember my trip to Kentucky for the 50th reunion of the 100th Infantry in 1995 with my mom and dad. We later went on to tour Indiana and stayed in Brown County at a lodge dad had visited as a young man. It was the first time I had met Don and remember him as a compassionate, intelligent man. Many fine memories... Blessings to your family.
My son was a patient of Dr. Fernbach,s 34 years ago. We were in the parking lot in those days. He was the kindest most accessible Dr anyone could ask for . Timmy didn't t live but was treated with such love and respect. We helped as little as we could with the first RMH. 33years later I volunteer at TCH for RMH . I can t thank him enough for all he did for my toddler. Joanne hansen
My condolences to the Fernbach family. My dad always spoke fondly of Don, both from their Army days and in later years when they reconnected. We're very sorry for your loss and are keeping you in our thoughts during this difficult time.
A witty conversationalist and a great doctor. He made a difference in so many lives. His memory lives on.
Mrs Fernbach, Susan, Judy and all the family, my mother, Leonor Smith and I want to send our heartfelt condolences on Dr Fernbach's passing. We know he is embraced in paradise by our Lord and Savior. May you be comforted in the days and weeks ahead. Dr Fernbach made such a contribution to so many lives. I was honored to have crossed his path while he was on this earth. May God bless you all.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Dear Mrs Fernbach, Don, Karen, Susie and Judy,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband and father, and since hearing the news from young Don, I couldn't help but reminisce a bit about growing up with you all.
It was some 40+ years ago when you moved in across the street when we found ourselves, me on one side sitting on the curb, and Donald - what we called him back then, DJ to his daddy - and Karen on the other, all wondering what to make of newcomers and new surroundings. Eventually, one of us broke the stalemate and we became life long friends…and the memories began.
My memories of your dad do not begin with his remarkable medical career and all those he helped - I became aware of that much later in my life - but rather as a young kid growing up across the street, who was always in his house or pool along with the Fernbach kids; I remember what kids remember.
Within an instant from when I heard from Don about Dr Fernbach's passing, some fond memories came rushing back…
I knew I shouldn't touch his tools in the shop - young Don made that clear - and I witnessed him dispatch a Cotton Mouth in Columbus with nothing more than a pocket knife and a putter. I remember Don, Karen and I deciding we should own guinea pigs one year, and had the brilliant idea of building a cage for them…outside…underground. Your dad's reaction was priceless… the cage looked good, but at a foot or so deep and chicken wire for a roof, what were we going to do when it rained?
Always kind and quick witted, I remember that I liked to be around him back then, even though he kept you on your toes. As an adult, he seemed always happy to see me, and for that I am truly honored and grateful.
I am so sad for your loss, but his was a life to be celebrated by all that knew and loved him; his life touched so many others, and his legacy will live on for years to come.
God Bless him and you; you are all in my prayers.
My condolences to the Fernbach family. It was a privilege and pleasure to know him. Great man with a great family!
What a wonderfu gentleman and colleague! I am so thankful for all he accomplished to take Pediatric Cancer treatment in such a positive direction.
Dr. Fernbach took such wonderful care of my dear little sister, Katie, at Texas Children's Hospital from 1964-1969. He made her feel comfortable and loved for those years. We will not forget him. What a beloved man!
You were the sweetest brother anyone could ever ask for, but I know you're in a better place now. You'll always be in my heart.
Love you forever, Dorothy
Deepest sympathies to the Fernbach family. It's clear Dr. Fernbach had an amazing impact on the many lives he touched. What a wonderful legacy for your family. We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
My condolences to the extended Fernbach family for the loss of such a wonderful man. I know that you can take comfort from the tremendous humanitarian legacy of Dr. Fernbach, as evidenced by the many heartfelt tributes here. I was greatly moved when reading them. Let the knowledge that his mission lives on through his impact and influence on those he taught and treated raise your spirits.
Dear Fernbach family:
I was saddened to hear of your father's passing yet we all know he earned his Angel's wings long ago. Of all the people I have come to know in my life, I don't know of any person who has had a more profound impact on my life and those of my family. Most importantly, at least from my perspective, he saved my life. The pioneering work he did in the understanding and treatment of pediatric cancers has saved untold numbers of children here and around the world. I say this because he never would. For those who knew him, your father was never the braggart; he was always focused on the problem at hand. Whether it was caring for children with cancer, building a world renowned center, developing new treatments, leading and inspiring the effort to build the Houston Ronald McDonald House or being a great Dad and husband to a loving family, he did it with a single minded purpose. His life was a labor of love for God's children. For this and many other reasons, I am a better person for having known him. To that end, I am forever indebted to him. My mother worked with your father to build the House and I believe she was doing so to repay the same debt. The rest of the family is doing so as well. A lasting tribute to your father is the fact that my siblings and I have dedicated our careers to advancing the care of children, especially those with serious illness. Please know that your father and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. My prayer is that our Lord, Jesus Christ, comforts your family during this time, cares for your father and continues to bless your family.
Freddie, I'm sure your heart is broken over your lose of this dear, sweet man. I will never forget his loving smile.
Donald Fernbach, MD
You saved my brother and best friend's life at a time when pediatric oncology had few successes and few had the courage to endure the challenge. For that, I am forever indebted. You are a true man in every sense of the word, always humble and focused on the action and result, shying from the fanfare. I have always looked at you as an example for what I hope to become....
Patrick Kelley, MD
Chief Craniofacial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Dell Children's Medical Center
My thoughts are with Freddie, Judy and all the family. I am remembering Dr. Fernbach as one of my most influential teachers. As a trainee in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, from the latter days of RHL through temporary quarters across the street, I remember lively discussions in the break room, WWII stories and my boss and leader, Don Fernbach, as the Santa at every employee Christmas party we had! I greatly respect his utter committment to high quality, cost sensitive, customer friendly, compassionate care; I hope that I have carried that torch forward in my career. I will forever be in his debt and I thank his family for sharing him with us for so many years.
Dr. Fernbach was a great credit to the TMC and to TCH. I often asked his help, and he always gave it generosely. He will be greatly misssed.
Richard E. Wainerdi, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Texas Medical Center
When I visualize Dr. Fernbach transitioning to heaven, I visualize all the kids including mine that are there to greet him. Those are the kids that lost the battle that we all fought together but with Dr. Fernbach leading the way we learned and learned and learned and today we are so far ahead of where we were back then. Thank you Don Fernbach for all you did for all the kids and for all you did for us the parents as well. Rest in Peace.
Dr. Fernbach treated our son many years ago at TCH. He was such a kind and gentle person, always suggesting the very best for our family. My sincere sympathy to those he leaves behind.
Dear Judy and all your family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Your father was a wonderful doctor and will be missed by many besides your dear family. With deep sympathy, Arnie and Sue Kestner
I got to know Dr. Fernbach when I was a patent of his while in TCH . He was a great guy to be around with when I felt bad. He will be missed. RIP Doc
I was so sorry to learn of Dr. Fernbach's death. I worked in Research Hematology for many years and had the utmost respect for him as a person and as a physician. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
Rest in peace Uncle Don. You will be greatly missed!
I remember Don from our early days of practice, and the empathetic ways in which he dealt with the parents of children who would not survive their newly diagnosed leukemia. He was my hero. Stuart Cohan, Houston
So very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Michelle McNaughton
Don and family, I can remember a few years back sitting in the farm house in Columbus sharing stories with your Dad of days gone by. We laughed and cried, but we rejoiced in those memories. It was an honor and privilege to know your father. No matter how bad we messed up growing up, he only showed kindness and patience towards me. I miss him greatly. He will certainly be missed by all. God bless you all during this time. Rusty