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13 Oct

Shirley, Just Remembering

In Shirley’s words – Pay Forward

From Shirley’s Acceptance Speech into IMAC Hall Of Fame

“In organizations like the YCS, Young Christian Students, weekly actions included visiting nursing homes and helping the poor.

So years later, it was an easy choice, when I had the opportunity to assist hundreds of disadvantaged students to prepare for medical careers. While many of them were raised in an environment of poverty, violence, abuse, or neglect, these students eventually went to medical schools all across the country. They are now “paying it forward” by providing quality care in areas where good doctors are scarce. Many are practicing in inner city hospitals and in poor rural communities. If I have any claim to fame it is that I was a part of the chain of service, using my passion for teaching to pay it forward.

So the answer to my question “Can I every pay YOU back?” is “NO.” My only hope is to pay it forward.

I would like to conclude with quote from an essay called Compensation written in 1841 by Ralph Waldo Emerson. “In the order of nature, we cannot render benefits to those from whom we receive them,…. But the benefit we receive must be rendered again, line for line, deed for deed, cent for cent, to somebody.”

So Pay it Forward

Shirley

There
is this woman, her name is Shirley.
She
has left us and, yet, she remains.
She
remains with us in the lives of her family,
Her
husband, Bob, who calls her “the love of my life,”
In
the lives of her beloved children, Matthew and Maura,
And
Maura’s husband, Allen,
And
in the lives of her cherished grandchildren, Riana and Joshua and Eva
Who
filled her life with so much joy as she did theirs.
In
all of these lives that have been shaped so deeply, so beautifully
By
Shirley, she remains with us far into the future.
She
remains with us in the lives of her original family,
Her
Dad, her loving sisters and brother, all of her extended family,
Her
sister Mary Helen, who was her soulmate and such a comfort to her
And
in all of our memories of her beautiful and dear mother.
She
remains with us in the lives of her close and devoted friends,
In
the lives of the staff members in the Pre-Med program at SIU,
Her
dear friend and collaborator in the program, Evelyn Jackson,
And
in the lives of all the members of her extended McGlinn family
Who
came to know and love her as one of their precious own.
In
all of these lives that she enriched so greatly
With
her intelligence, her wit, her beauty, and her love,
She
remains with us.
There
is this woman, her name is Shirley Mcglinn, the teacher.
She
has left us and, yet, she remains.
She
remains with us in the lives of the countless students that she
Taught
and inspired as they have gone out and continue to go out into the world to heal.
It
has been said of her that she was the consummate teacher,
A
teacher who not only was so highly skilled in the art of academic instruction,
But
a teacher who was an example and mentor to her students in so many ways,
In
ways of caring, in ways of honesty, in ways of persevering, in ways of loving.
A
teacher honored over and over and over again by her students
And
recognized by her peers time and time again for her creativity and excellence.
Her
legacy with the young men and women she taught is so deep, so lasting,
She
will be with us far, far into the future as they live out their lives.
There
is this woman, her name is Shirley Mura McGlinn.
It
truly can be said she made the world a better place.
This
remarkable, beloved woman, our dear Shirley, has died,
And, yet, she lives.
She
taught us how to live joyfully and with purpose.
She
lives on in all of our lives.

Mary O’Leary McGlinn

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I miss her so much.

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