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Harold Whitcomb Memorial Hospital?

Dear Editor:I attended the memorial at the Hotel Jerome this past Saturday. I have never seen such an outpouring of love and sadness in my 28 years as a citizen of Aspen. Everyone who spoke told how this giant of a man gave his medical expertise, caring and love to each of them. The chatter between hundreds of people told the same story. It’s beyond my comprehension how he could have touched so many people.In his early years in Aspen, Dr. Whit, or Witty – the names he loved to call himself – was the surgeon, OB/GYN, pulmonologist, cardiologist and internist, not to mention being coroner and veterinarian. Day and night he was there for all. As for me, he was always there as well. A call at 10 p.m. after seeing dozens of sick people, just to ask how I was doing. A big hug and a kiss on the cheek were always there when we met.I could write a volume on the hundreds or maybe thousands of his acts to bring health, joy and love. How about having someone in your life that no matter what happens they are right there with you? You cannot teach the virtue Whit possessed in medical school or anywhere else. No one can ever fill his shoes.I would like to see us rename the Aspen Valley Hospital the Harold Whitcomb Memorial Hospital in honor of this extraordinary man. In doing so, every time you saw the name it would bring the thoughts of compassion, caring, love and a big smile. Rest in peace, dear man.Buzz DopkinAspen

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