My Uncle Harry, an American Original, passed away on March 3, 2011. He was a man of many hats, I should say. He married my Aunt Lil, one of 9 on my Mom’s side, in 1942. Uncle Harry became a doctor because he always loved helping people, even as a child. His dedication to his profession was abundantly strong. As a patient, you would talk to him, and tell him about your life, your interests, family, job, favorite sport, or just about anything. He didn’t believe in clocks. When you left his office, there would typically be 10 or 20 patients waiting to see him, always. He was there on Sundays, quite often, and still, there would be 3 or 4 patients waiting to see him.
He made house calls at 2 am at 82, and often left without payment. He would not care, for being a Doctor was more than his livelihood, it was his mission in life. Many of his patients were immigrants, and had no money, and certainly had no insurance either. He would hold their hand and tell them that they would recover and fell better very soon. He would call his patients a few days hence to see how they were feeling. If I had a medical issue, I just knew that he would insist that I stop by his home that very same day, because he wanted to make sure that I was alright. As a patient, you felt better just being in his company, and knowing that he would know what you had, and how to treat you. He would finish up at his office after 8:30 many evenings. He didn’t mind getting home late to see his children climb into bed, because he knew that his patients needed him as well. He worked into his 80’s for he needed to be there for all of his patients. They needed him, and he in return, knew that he too needed them to keep his “glow” alive. My Uncle Harry gave to any and every charity that approached him. He lent money to patients who wanted to start businesses, and often times just on a hand shake. When he retired, hundreds of people wrote letters describing their experiences with Dr. Harry B. Stone. They were beautiful stories that would bring tears to your eyes. He was one of a kind, an American Original. I loved him, and will miss him tremendously.
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