So very sorry to hear of Dr. Alford's passing. Finally decided tonight to locate him and thank him for reconstructing my Vinnie's hip(s) in the summer of 1998. She was still running and jumping almost to the very end this January (2014).
Thought he would enjoy knowing how much joy his work provided in my (and eventually my wife's) life for an extra decade and a half (Vinnie ran up to 20 miles with me in the country on that remade hip, chased ducks in the Great Miami River, herded a deer to me, and just exuded life, energy, and joy--my very clever clown).
Hard to tell how many times my story was multiplied.
Sorry I waited too long but perhaps he has already seen her in That Better Place?
My condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with his family and friends.