Why do you serve on the San Antonio Lighthouse Board?
Being a member of the Board of the Lighthouse fulfills my need and desire to be of service to others. I am very proud to support such a noble mission as that of the Lighthouse.
What do you love the most about the San Antonio Lighthouse?
I love working with the very talented and committed members of the Board and Staff of the Lighthouse. Their sense of compassion and duty energizes me.
What are some of your hobbies?
I have several hobbies: I am a student of history and love visiting history museums, large and small. Fortunately, most cities and towns of Texas have some form of museum that reflects the unique character of that community. I am also on the Board of the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Museum here in San Antonio. I get great enjoyment in supporting their mission to relate the magnificent legacy of the AMEDD.
What is a fun fact about you?
I enjoy working around my ranch property in northern Bexar County. Performing the many tasks associated with wildlife management provides good exercise and results in a very serene and rural environment although just a short distance from downtown.
I enjoy college football. Most Saturday afternoons, from September to New Year’s Day, I’ll be watching the games on TV.
Most of my colleagues know I held many senior positions in military healthcare culminating as Deputy Surgeon General and Chief of the Army Dental Corps, but few know that I started my healthcare career in high school as a dishwasher at the WCA Hospital in Jamestown NY. When my wife asks me to help with the dishes, I reply that I can’t, because it might compromise my standing as a professional dishwasher. Of course that gets me nowhere, and I help!
I am fully retired since 2017 but Board service and hobbies keep me busy. My final position was Senior Vice President of the Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences and Executive Dean of the Postgraduate Dental College. I still hold the title of Dean, Emeritus.
Please list your favorite book, podcast or a favorite quote:
I have two favorite quotes, both from Helen Keller: “It gives me a deep comforting sense that things seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal.” “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” I find it remarkable how she has made us all ‘see’ more clearly.