Friday, March 7, 2014

Frank Jobe passes

Frank Jobe was known to many as the sports medicine surgeon who described the reconstruction of the ulnar collatoral ligament in throwers, a procedure that became known as the "Tommy John" procedure.
We knew him as a gentleman with a history. Part of that history was revealed when we had the chance to walk with him on Normandy Beach in 1990 for his first visit there since he was part of the invasion on June 6, 1944. He walked quietly on the same sands that had been on one hand the death place of many of his comrades and on the other the key moment in the liberation of France in World War II. He told us of being captured, held prisoner by the 352nd German Infantry Division, and then escaping by outfoxing his 16 year old guard.
Those beaches look different now, but every visit recalls our stroll with him.

Thank you, Frank, for everything.

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