When Dr. Autio opened his private office at 315 Calhoun St. in downtown Charleston, S.C., he hired me as his secretary. After about 16 yrs. of working together downtown we had to leave the building that was owned by Roper Hospital and find a new place to set up shop. It was to Summerville we went but for me things were never the same. At 315 Calhoun St., the space was very intimate and cozy with plants that after 36 yrs., the very same ones, are now back at his home on James Island and flourishng after all these years. You see, the Dr. Autio I knew as an employee, was full of love of the earth in so many aspects. He always had plants surrounding him and took delight in gardening. He was an avid bird-watcher and loved having them visit the front porch where he placed a water center for them. I have never worked for such a dear person before. His care in little things was a great example to me. He took delight in making his special brew of coffee which he prepared and made for certain coffee-loving patients.
He was my boss yet so much more to me. When I moved on with my life, we remained in touch for all these years and Fanny and I have become life-long friends. I know we will be able to cry and laugh together and hopefully the laughter and remembrances will be able to heal some of the immediate loss. Goodbye, my dear boss, thank you for your sweetness and kindness to me and for putting up with my short-comings for so many years. The world we cannot see with our eyes must be holding you tight in its' arms for you are one of the special ones that have passed this way