Frank Lizzi and I met in kindergarten. We went through grammar and high school together. Few classmates came to know Frank very well; not because he was unfriendly, but because he was always working, studying and showing good example. In my lifetime, I don't recall meeting a more industrious, dedicated, selfless person.
Over the years, I may have bumped into Frank 4 or 5 times. On one occasion at St. Peter's hospital, he found out I was visiting my mother. He had never met her, but made a point to stop in her room the next day. Well, she couldn't wait to tell me how much that visit meant. He told her he had spoken to the head nurse, he had instructed the staff at the nurses' station and relayed to all just how crucial her comfort and her stay at St. Peter's was to him.
I didn't realize it was possible to make someone hooked up to monitoring machines feel so special, so important and so great. Anonymously and without a dimes worth of compensation, Dr. Frank Lizzi did it. He was a man of integrity and the highest standard of values. A prescription for friendliness and good example.