October 30, 2011

July 23, 1975

We were so shocked when we received the news from Steve of your loss. We were totally unaware of Jeff's illness and the degree of pressure to which you both must have been subjected these past six years. I wish there was something we could have done to ease your burden during this time. On reflecting back, we now can appreciate and understand many of the decisions you had to make. How disappointed we were that you didn't come back to Boston either for Jeff's Pediatric Hematology residency or for the position at Harvard under Dr. Frei. Jeff must have felt that he could do more for humanity by his chemotherapy research there and you must have questioned uprooting your family.

How fortunate we were to have known Jeff and spent time with you in Watertown. Jeff was truly a remarkable person - not only was he brilliant but he was so in tune to reality that he could communicate on any subject with a wide variety of people. That's an unique quality.

Please keep in touch and whenever you are back this way we'd love to have you stay with us. We have plenty of room for all you and we'd love to have the children get together. It would be fun to have the girls see their "first friend" and the boys meet. If there is anything we can do for you, pleast let us know.

Walter and Jane

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