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January 05, 2014
Our deepest condolences to Barbara and the Alpert family. Michael had the good fortune to be recruited by Joel to come to Boston City Hospital in 1982. Both Barbara and Joel welcomed us to the Pediatric Department, and over the past 30 years, we both appreciated their support, advice and friendship. In particular, Joel was instrumental in launching Michael's research career and helping him to obtain his first grant funding. Even as recently as last year, Joel provided advice to our son who is now a first year medical student. We will greatly miss him.

Michael Corwin and Melanie Kim
January 05, 2014
My heart goes out to all the Alpert family on the loss of Joel. He was a gem of a person and a super gentleman.
Phyllis L. Bakerp
January 05, 2014
Dear Barbara, Norm, Jane, Debbie,, Mark and all the Alperts:

We were so saddened to learn of Joel's passing and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We've never known anyone like Joel.

After meeting and befriending Norm at Manny Hanny in 1980, several of us were invited up to Maine for a summer weekend. Upon arrival, we quickly entered the world of Dr. A. Enthusiastic, loud, happy, opinionated, brutally honest and, most of all, full of love...for his family, for his friends and for life. He put us to work on a variety of projects...chopping wood, moving rocks,, etc...he dominated a lot of the conversations, and he said things that surely embarrassed one and all (including a memorable encounter with Hope on the tennis court in which the word "gal" may have been used too liberally). And none of us would have wanted it any other way. He will be sorely missed.
January 05, 2014
I am deeply sorry to hear that Joel has passed on, and send my best wishes to his Barbara and his family.
Joel was a wonderful person who I was fortunate to work with - he was deeply committed to improving child health nationally, and on a local level, to the education of BU medical students. Some of my favorite moments as a BU faculty member were discussing students with Joel, and benefiting from his wise advice. An opinionated fellow who was a remarkably insightful straight-shooter, I am really going to miss Joel.
January 05, 2014
My deepest sympathies to Barbara and family. Nancy and I have missed seeing you over the years as we had great times growing up in Bexley. Love Terry Meyer
January 05, 2014
Our thoughts & prayers are with you & Jane, Barbara, and your entire family. We were quite saddened to learn of Joel's passing. What an amazing guy!
Each time we met Joel--late '70s at Brown, Boston get-togethers, Red Sox games, your wedding, your kids Bar/Bat Mitvahs, he always left an enormous impression on us.
Joel has been in an incredible role model to all of us.

Phyllis & Adam
January 05, 2014
Just catching up after spending the holidays with my children and grandchildren and very sad to learn of Joel's death. He was my Vice President. His election frightened me. How could I lead someone who was an icon in pediatrics, whose writings enlightened and informed me about primary care and the care of children, a physician who was in many ways my idol? Joel made it easy with sage, but quiet advice, wit, humor, and an occasional good natured scolding. He often said that we agreed on almost everything child related, and we did. Where we differed Joel was one of the few with whom I could discuss those differences intellectually, rationally, and have the discussion end with a hug or handshake from him. He was a gentleman and a gentle man who had my respect to start but kept “earning” it over and over again.

Our last, lengthy, discussion was through dinner at the Orlando NCE this past October. It was mostly light and lively, rarely loud, and occasionally, as expected, profoundly meaningful to me. He never gave hint of his illness and I suspected it not. Who will I “debate” with now? Joel Alpert you'll be missed, by the AAP, by pediatricians, by your friends, by children, and by me. Barbara - my heart goes out to you and the family.May you find peace in the fine and fond memories we all have of him. Joel - Bon Voyage!
January 04, 2014
Dear Barbara and family,
It is with great sadness to hear about Joel's passing. Jane and I see both you and Joel as great friends. We remember all those AAP meetings, but especially remember our visit to your Maine home with our family. You and Joel treated us like we were family and we will always remember that very special time.

Joel will be remembered for a long time and you as well by your wonderful family, all the pediatricians he has trained and patients that he has touched.

Joel was the number one advocate for universal access to care for all and one way that everyone who knew him and you is to keep that goal front and center for all of us.

Barbara blessings on you and your family during this time of loss.

Tom and Jane Tonniges
January 04, 2014
Someone sent me this quote after my fathers passing that brought me some comfort and I hope it does the same for all of you.

"Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are."

My thoughts and heart are with you all.

~ Staci
January 04, 2014
Dearest Joel,

It is so hard to believe you are gone.
You have been such an integral part of our lives for so long -
often times like
a loving father and grandfather,
a good friend,
a caring mentor,
a demanding boss,
a know-it-all curmudgeon.

We will miss you.
We will miss your naked body coming out of the water on mornings at Long Pond.
We will miss your checking the soles of our sneakers before we can step onto the tennis court.
We will miss your special rendition of The Big Rock Candy Mountain.
We will miss your standing over the lobster pot in Maine. (And now who will eat all of the bodies?)
We will miss going with you again and again to Hill Road in London.
We will miss your calls to the concierge services of the London Cohen Hotel.
We will miss your loud, enthusiastic cheers over another Red Sox win (NOT really).
We will miss gloating over yet another Harvard victory over Yale.

We will miss
your passion for your work and your causes,
your loud cheers for your teams,
your strong, opinionated arguments,
your laughter and your love.

We will miss you, but we will never forget you.
We will always be thankful for having you in our lives and forever grateful to you and Buddy for bringing together multiple generations of Alperts and Cohens.

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