Dearest Brenda and girls - I went to bed last night with tears in my eyes and a heavy heart, having just learned of Dr. George's transition to heaven. There really are no adequate words, just feeble attempts to express our gratitude and sorrow and hope and prayers for those he left behind. I worked for him for 14 years as his receptionist and adored him. I was so proud to be a part of his group. Doctors, as you know, can have difficult personalities or split personalities. But not him - always a gentleman who never forgot where he came from and who valued his employees and helpers, whether at the hospital or the office. It was always great to get him and Dr. Jim to tell us stories. I loved our annual Christmas parties at Wichita Surgical Group and learned to love Lebanese food. He always gave us tickets to the annual fund raiser at the church and who can forget the 2 pounds of baklava at Christmas! When I first moved to Chicago 20 years ago, Christmas did not feel like Christmas until I went out and bought baklava. I was so happy to come back and celebrate his retirement and loved being able to meet him in Chicago when he was here for a surgical conference. I felt like I'd had an audience with king! And how wonderful that your were able to celebrate 53 years of marriage - what an awesome accomplishment! My prayers are with you as you learn to live without his daily presence. Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others leave footprints in our hearts and we are never the same. All my love and prayers - wish I could give you all a hug.