That idea was driven home for me this week when my father passed away rather suddenly this past Saturday. He always lived life well. My Dad was a kind, non-judgmental, supportive and wise man who always made others feel special. He was beloved by all who knew him. He was a surrogate father to many. My Dad had a soft spot for the underdog. He was exceptionally charitable. Save the Whales, Cure Cancer, Feed the Children, support Israel. To him it didn’t matter what the charity was, if it was doing good work, he was willing to support it. This was a guiding principle throughout my Dad’s life. If someone asked, he gave.
He was a terrific artist, professional ballroom/Latin dancer and had a rich, baritone singing voice. He had a song for every occasion and starred in many musicals. He was a varsity college basketball player at Philadelphia University and played full court basketball until his mid 60’s. He was equally at home on the tennis court or the golf course. My Dad was funny and fun, he was an entertainer. He made those around him feel good. He was cool. He had style and always dressed well. In his case the clothes complemented the man. The whole was greater than the sum of its parts. The man loved looking good and look good he did. He and my Mom shared an inseparable bond that only comes with sharing a lifetime together. He always told me to enjoy every day. We are not promised tomorrow. I have tried to live by this credo. My Dad was proud of his “son the Doctor.” He was also my patient and knew first-hand how much I loved being a facial plastic surgeon and how much satisfaction and joy it brought me to help others look and feel their best. He will be missed dearly but never forgotten.
Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS
Founder & Director, Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center