I got this e-mail from my good friend Keith Olbermann, whose father passed away over the weekend. Theodore Olbermann's story—his late-life care, and the agonizing options involved—became an illustrative saga about health issues in and for America. We all offer our condolences to Keith. Here is the obituary:
Theodore C. Olbermann died, in the city of his birth, New York, Saturday. He was 80 years old.Though the financial constraints of his youth made college infeasible, he became an architect licensed in 40 states, and practiced for 40 years. Much of his work was commercial and there was a time in the 1970s when nearly all of the Baskin-Robbins outlets in the country had been built to his design, and under his direction. He was predeceased last year by his wife of nearly 60 years, Marie. He died peacefully after a long fight against the complications which ensued after successful colon surgery last September, with his daughter and son at his bedside, the latter reading aloud to him his favorite James Thurber short stories, as he passed."He was my inspiration, and will always remain so," said his son, Keith. "His bravery these last six months cannot be measured. He is as much my hero now, as he was when I was 5 years old."Memorial services are pending. In lieu of flowers the family is encouraging donations to the National Association of Free Clinics.