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A Hungarian’s Realization of the American Dream

Published: 4/25/2011

Laszlo Makk (Louiseville Courier-Journal)Dr. Laszlo Makk’s comprehensive and fascinating obituary appeared in the April 13-15 editions of the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.

The Hungarian-born physician, who died April 9, 2011, published a memoir titled A Doctor's Journey: A Hungarian's Realization of the American Dream.

Makk’s obit seems to support the title of his memoir. It mentions that he fled to the United States during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. He interned under world-renowned cardiac surgeons Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley at Texas Medical Center in Houston, and became director of pathology at St. Anthony Hospital in Louisville. He also belonged to the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

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This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.

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