Dr. Bruce Dixon had a pure heart of gold

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After reading Dr. Francis X. Solano Jr.'s letter to the editor "A Community's Loss" Feb. 26, I thought it was important to mention that not only did the late Allegheny County health director Dr. Bruce Dixon impact the medical students, residents, nurses and chief residents, he also had an impact on staff in the medical school.

He was a first-class gentleman with a heart of gold and a wonderful sense of humor. I first came to know Bruce while working for Dr. Jack Myers (Bruce's mentor). Way back then, Bruce treated everyone with the utmost respect from the secretaries and lab technicians to custodial personnel to faculty and always had a greeting or something to say while moving through the halls of the medical school or then Presbyterian-University Hospital.

My observation while paying my respects at the funeral home last week was that most everyone there had a "Bruce story" of something he had said or done. I saw many tears shed for a man who made a good impact on a large number of people, including me.


The writer retired from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine as administrator of undergraduate medical education in the Department Of Medicine.



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