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June 03, 2012
This is the text of a note I sent to Douglas Martin, who wrote the notice in the NYT -- perhaps more appropriate for the family:

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Comments:Thank you for your warm reportage on the death of Jack Twyman. His mother was my second grade teacher at now-defunct St Josaphat School in Pittsburgh. We rugrats "met" this giant when he came to our classroom; he had a brother (Ned) who was a basketball star at Duquesne, and who I think was selected by the Celtics during the Russell-Cousy-Sharman era. Mrs Twyman would tell us how her sons slept with their basketballs...
The Maurice Stokes event occurred when I was in middle school, but at Catholic school, we were well aware of Jack Twyman's commitment to aid his fallen teammate & comrade. I can recall Stokes' death years later.
Head trauma such as his still occurs commonly enough, but awareness and technology have moved us well ahead of the state of the art in the 1950's. Some of that is owed to people like Jack Twyman, who responded to more than medical urgency, and gave us an unforgettable example of dedication, caring, and enduring friendship.
So -- thank you for the memory.

Paul R. Mazur, MD, MPH
Northport, Maine
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