As I began to develop my own interest in medicine and surgery and was allowed to watch my father operate with residents, it was illuminating for me to realize that the same “pearls of wisdom” shared with medical students and residents found utility with us at home and vice versa. “Master the fundamentals” and “There is no substitute for excellence” were frequently heard refrains. When I failed an examination early during my first year of medical school and complained that college had not prepared me very well, he responded, “Medical school is no place for remedial work.” He then offered insight into how I should double up on my efforts, review the material on which I had tested poorly, and see the professor to correct any misunderstanding about the subject matter. Before he hung up, he said, “You will make mistakes and fall down in life. . . . The question is what do you do when you get up, and how do you respond to that disappointment?” This would be advice I would heed many times and hear him give to other residents and surgeons. It seemed that the same focus and clarity he brought to being a father and raising a family, he found useful in the education and training of residents and in the counseling of colleagues. Though there was never any pressure from my father to go into medicine or surgery, once I made that decision, a deep well of experience and knowledge from which my father shared freely opened. As I entered the surgical world as a resident and then as a practicing surgeon, I began to more fully appreciate the extent of his contributions as a department chair, site visitor for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, member of the Residency Review Committee for Surgery, chairman of the American Board of Surgery, Philadelphia, Pa, and president of the American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Ill. This depth of involvement forged friendships both at home and abroad in which people united by the common thread of surgery and surgical education were able to discuss broader societal issues. The inclusion of African Americans, other minorities, and women in positions of influence and leadership were among his favorite topics of discussion. The proof that he practiced what he preached is evidenced by a significant number of women and various minorities who trained in his programs, were a part of his editorial board, and whom he frequently recommended to positions of leadership in American surgery (eg, the current editor of Archives of Surgery, Dr Julie Freischlag). The Society of Black Academic Surgeons and the Association of Women Surgeons, Downers Grove, Ill, are 2 examples of organizations whose formation he actively encouraged that would foster an understanding of the unique challenges and expectations placed on minorities, along with strategies to succeed, in a society that is near becoming but is not yet completely without bias.