Mid Week Gratitude – An Amazing Life

A couple of weeks ago the Medical Director at the facility I work at announced that our longest-serving consultant would be retiring soon.  Dr. Jerome Tobis had been her mentor and was very dear to her – like a father she said. He was 96 and had been consulting at the facility for many, many years and he was ready to retire.

This past Thursday Dr. Tobis came to work, with his hospice nurse in tow.  He signed in like he always had.  He did his work like he always had.  He signed out like he always had.  He then went home, lapsed into a coma and died.

I heard this story on Monday.   The  Medical Director shared that she had gone to his funeral on Sunday.   This came as a shock to me.  I had no idea he was ill.  I thought he was retiring because he was 96 and had finally had enough.  I was absolutely blown away that the he had worked until his final day on this planet.  He had chosen to share himself and his talents with the clients and staff at our facility until he couldn’t anymore.

Not only did Dr. Tobis have an incredible work ethic, he was a brilliant, incredibly respected and loved man.  I did not fully realize this until I looked over the commemorative program from his memorial service.  It was evident from the many touching words and stories that people shared in the program.  I hope that I am half as loved and respected when I die.  I also hope that I am as vital and full of life during my last days.

So many times I have been amazed at what I find out about people after they are gone.   So many times I have been in the presence of greatness and not even realized it.  It is often the most humble and approachable among us that are the most brilliant and accomplished.  Rest in peace Dr. Jerome Tobis and thank you for all you did for so many as a doctor, a teacher and a wonderful example in so many ways.  I am grateful.


  1. Don Haddock says:

    Thanks for sharing you’re thoughts. I didn’t know Dr. Tobis very well but I had heard the story of his incredible life and contribution to physical medicine. He seems to have lived 5 lifetimes in one. Amazing man.

  2. What a beautiful story. I want to leave that kind of memory behind. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂