My name is Jain Lattes My name is Jain Lattes and I am Raffaele Lattes’ granddaughter. I am also a graduate from Columbia University ’s School of Nursing master’s program. I found the web site [with the Fall 2005 profile of Raffaele Lattes]. It brings me great joy to see my grandfather’s image on my computer screen. It is wonderful to see him honored this way. My grandfather was a very important figure in my life both as a father figure and professional inspiration, especially after my father passed away. I miss him terribly every day.
My sister just sent me a copy of an article she found online about my grandfather, Raffaele Lattes, written by Nicholas P. Christy and published in the Fall '05 P&S magazine.
The article was wonderful as was my grandfather. His humor, warmth, and insistence on perfection were legendary (although sometimes annoying) and I was delighted to read that these traits were appreciated and remembered by others as well.
I was never able to get a straight answer from my Nonno about why he decided to move back to Italy at the age of 87. I do remember that he called me in Baltimore and announced, “The visit is over. I’m going home.” I think that in addition to wanting to be near his brother and a desire to return to Italy to die, he still had some regrets about not returning to Italy after the war. Years later, whenI visited him in Torino, it seemed he was still struggling with the choice he’d made. As if weighing the options, he said that although there were more professional opportunities for him in the U.S., he wasn’t sure he’d made the right decision and that he regretted leaving his family in Torino.
When Nonno died, I went to Torino for his funeral and helped clean out his apartment. Included in his papers were his Club Alpino Italiano membership card from the 1930s (his climbing club) and a notebook with every letter from P&S (from 1943 until the early 1990s) filed in chronological order stating his title and salary.
Linda Lewis, “LDL”
Class of 1953
I had the great pleasure and greater privilege of joining the staff of the Student Affairs Office in the summer of 1981. That began one of the best experiences of my adult life. The position was temporary, I was told, for four months. In late 1997, at age 75, still sitting at the same desk, I retired and relocated to Michigan, where I now live near my youngest daughter. She did not attend P&S, but still received much assistance from Dr. Lewis [“Linda Lewis: A Dean Among Deans,” Fall 2005 issue] as she navigated the match, internship, and residency. Throughout those years I, as well as the hundreds of students who passed through P&S, benefited greatly from Dr. Lewis’ wisdom, her compassion, and her generosity. My daughter now has a 4-year-old: Lydia Danielle Lee, often referred to as “Little LDL.” She and her husband could not have chosen a better role model.
RUTH A. PATAKY
WALLED LAKE, MICH.
I was thrilled to read about two of my classmates, Dr. Robert N. Butler and Dr. Edgar M. Housepian, who had articles written about them in the Fall 2005 issue of P&S Journal. Both Bob and Ed served on our 50th reunion committee which culminated in a wonderful formal dinner-dance on May 17, 2003, at Chelsea Piers. They gave endless hours of contributions for this committee. We presented P&S with our class gift of the Dr. Harold Brown Fellowship for Global Study. This fellowship, which to date has almost $400,000, will shortly get under way. It will donate funds to help selected medical students achieve additional medical education in medical centers throughout the world. These centers will be chosen by a special committee from P&S. The medical students, upon their return to P&S , will present their personal medical experiences to the student body.
Retired but Still Growing
Based on antiquated longevity statistics,I have been retired longer than I practiced radiology in Macon, Ga. I left the New York area and did country practice in Dahlonega, Ga., during the war years, 1943-47, attending an ASTP unit at North Georgia College. Many times I wished I were withing shouting distance of the Medical Center. Scarred but surviving, I took an Emory residency under Dr. Heinz Weens.
I recently published an autobiography, “A Life in a Major Key.” Like many of your readers, the Columbia Experience opened life’s doors for me. Both my wives hailed from Fannin Country, Ga. My offspring are scattered but my second family are close. I am alive and well and still trying to grow.
BLUE RIDGE, GA.
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