Reflections about Dr Warner Slack, 1933-2018…

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Jeffrey Blander Jeffrey Blander from Washington, DC wrote on June 24, 2018 at 9:32 pm:
Words can never adequately express how incredibly fortunate we were to have Warner in our lives. How thankful that his wonderful family shared him with all of us.

His compassion, kindness, and sense of humanity are what we think of most and very often. Many will write about all his legendary professional accomplishments and true brilliance as a pioneer in patient care and clinical computing, as they should.

Maya Angelou must have had Warner in mind when she said, "But people will never forget how you made them feel."

He was a mentor, friend, and father figure to so many, yet we were all made to feel uniquely special.

We miss you so much and are comforted knowing you out there in cyberspace looking out for us all.
Simon Charles Leeming. Simon Charles Leeming. from Canterbury wrote on June 24, 2018 at 6:08 pm:
A mighty tree has fallen in the forest. On behalf of the Leeming family, and remembering my father Brian Leeming who worked with Warner for two decades since coming from New Zealand, I extend my sincerest condolences to the Slack family. I was privileged to connect with him a couple of times these last few years, and the extraordinary man my father knew and respected, blessed so with his friendship, was reinforced. He will be welcoming that special friend with joy. Peace!
Charles Safran Charles Safran from Brewster, MA wrote on June 24, 2018 at 4:07 pm:
Yesterday on my way to a rainy early afternoon movie “Won’t you be my neighbor I got a call I had been expecting but didn’t want. The caller ID said Warner Slack, and while it was possible he would be calling, I heard the voice of Charlie Slack.

After writing a few emails, Donna and I went to the movie about Fred Rogers. I cried out loud throughout the movie, and it was not lost on me that Warner loved movies and he would have loved this film. Movies were a frequent topic of discussion for Warner.

I thought Warner must have been the best neighbor any of us could have hoped for. A person who would and did help anyone. He made each one of us feel special.

A friend wrote to me that the world is a little less wonderful without Warner and while I initially agreed, a day later I’m feeling that we are all blessed to be better neighbors because of Warner’s life.
Louise Schaper Louise Schaper from Melbourne, Australia wrote on June 24, 2018 at 9:43 am:
Vale Warner. I had the pleasure of spending time with you on two occasions only. But both those times I was touched by your generosity, your humbleness, your kindness and your intellect. Thank you for a life well lived and for inspiring us to never stop learning from others.
Howard Munoz-Bennett Howard Munoz-Bennett from New Bedford wrote on June 23, 2018 at 4:24 pm:
Warner you made me understand the word colleague, and the words "patient care". Those three words have followed me through the years,( wish others remembered), May I offer you my Thanks for your sage advice? OH and I forgot to thank you for the night you spent up with me getting the "D..m Phone book "Go Live"", when we were in the Galleria. Get well soon. I want to go sailing with you.
Howard, the other one, no not the drummer.
Bill Dill Bill Dill from Auburndale wrote on June 16, 2018 at 3:03 pm:
On June 15th. the University of Chicago -- one of our most selective, prestigious universities -- announced it would no longer require SAT scores with an application for admission. "SAT or ACT optional" a decade's long campaign for Warner and many others. Bill Hiss, perhaps the national leader from admissions experience and research, describes Chicago's move feeling "as if a major ice floe from Antarctica just fell into the ocean." He sent thanks for Warner, for his years of interest and support.
Mary Black Mary Black from Auburndale Mass wrote on June 15, 2018 at 9:09 am:
To Warner and Carolyn----My thoughts are always with you and wish you all the best . the place is not the same without you so hurry up and come back to us at Lasell. I think of you walking together hand in hand and seeming to be so happy. MUch love Mary Black
Jason Boro Jason Boro from Brookline wrote on June 14, 2018 at 11:40 pm:
Warner,
I met Charlie Safran in 1990, and through working as a data gatherer and entry clerk I was eventually posted as a research assistant and project coordinator at the CCC. Working with you was an experience that brought together so many disparate parts of my experience while also springing me into new possibilities. I always appreciated that you got to know the people that contributed to your efforts; you certainly conveyed your support for your employees while seeing them as an entire person. I recall talking with you one time about a capella and voice and chorus groups, and your expressing that you believed that certain pursuits we engage in are fundamentally important (even if they might seem like hobbies). When I was working with you I was humbled by you and the research fellows of Harvard Med that I met and worked with at the CCC; but the office was like a family and that was an accomplishment of your doing and showed the benign influence of your personality. I have not seen you much over the intervening years, but your influence on me has never diminished in any way, and I was so touched that you were present at the celebration of my mother’s life since you were an incredibly important figure in Emily (Mom’s) life. Take good care and know that I and others you have graced with your sense of humor and broad smile are sending you the best vibes and warm wishes. G-d bless, Jason E. Boro, Esq., M.A.
Susan and Dave Willis Susan and Dave Willis from Auburndale, MA wrote on June 14, 2018 at 8:10 pm:
Dear Carolyn and Warner,
We are missing you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you everyday. At Sunday brunch, I was looking for Warner’s smiling face. Your presence at the Village offered welcome with medical support and like ‘knit-wits’ gentle gestures of love and concern.
With our love,
Susan and Dave
Sushi Gawande Sushi Gawande from Auburndale,MA wrote on June 13, 2018 at 1:08 am:
Dear Warner,
Belated Happy Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day & hope each day brings joy of knowing that you are loved by everybody who have known you! Best wishes to you & Caroline,Sushi
Holly Kowaloff Holly Kowaloff from Gloucester, Ma wrote on June 12, 2018 at 8:41 pm:
Warner,

We first met in 1976 when I came to the lab to interview for a programming position. I had just read an article in Psychology Today regarding experiments with computer assisted soliloquy conducted by you and your brother. I was intrigued by the article and was delighted when you hired me. Thus began forty years working together and with others to develop health promotion interactive programs and to study patient computer interaction. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with you, Warner and to have you as a dear friend. You possess the unique combination of intelligence, kindness, dedication, generosity, and humor. I learned so much from you, not only how to write interactive programs that are engaging as well as informative, but more importantly the best way to live one’s life. I am saddened by your illness and hope you can return home soon.
With much love,
Holly
Carol Tashjian Carol Tashjian from Newton wrote on June 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm:
Dear Warner and Carolyn,

I think of you both every day and send heartfelt wishes for your recovery. I miss seeing you walking hand in hand down the linkway; miss your smiles; miss your kindness to all. With all love,
Carol
Shirley Goldberg Shirley Goldberg from Lasell Village wrote on June 12, 2018 at 4:48 pm:
Dear Warner,
I am among the many who miss your touch of kindness
in the Village. My thoughts and love are with you and Carolyn through this difficult time.
Shirley
LUIZ CARLOS LOBO LUIZ CARLOS LOBO from RIO DE JANEIRO, BRASIL wrote on June 12, 2018 at 11:19 am:
Warner:
Best wishes for you and Carolyn with the hope of a prompt recovery of your illness. I allways remenber our meetings in Boston and your visit to Rio and I am always thinking of a new one in the future.
"Um abraço" from your brazilian friend Lobo
Julian M. Aroesty Julian M. Aroesty from Lexington wrote on June 12, 2018 at 10:33 am:
As academic physicians we have affected the lives of hundreds of trainees and colleagues as well as thousands of patients. None of us who know Warner well are at all surprised by the huge outpouring of affection and respect for such a superbly gifted physician scientist and committed humanist.

After an encounter with him, I am certain many others have thought, as have I, "Warner is the epitome of the best BIH tradition. I will try to be as accomplished as he is."
Lawrence X. Clifford Lawrence X. Clifford from Auburndale wrote on June 11, 2018 at 3:57 pm:
Dear Warner,

I want to wish you the very best. I pray for you everyday in hopes that my prayers will do some good. I send my very best to your lovely wife Carolyn and I want you to know that I hope for the best with respect to you everyday.

Best regards,

Larry
Marilyn Kolodney Marilyn Kolodney from Auburndale, MA wrote on June 11, 2018 at 2:04 pm:
Hi Warner,
First let me wish you a Happy (somewhat belated) Birthday. And let me thank you one more time for saving my life. You were the one who caught me when I was falling after passing out, thus preventing me from hitting my head on the floor. I am forever grateful. My thoughts are with you and Carolyn at this time. I’m sorry that I haven’t gotten to know you better. Looking forward to that opportunity.
Best,
Marilyn
Rudy Kass Rudy Kass from Lasell Village, Newton, MA wrote on June 11, 2018 at 1:17 pm:
So that’s why I haven’t seen you around the “campus”. I wish you a speedy (well, timely) recovery mode. - Rudy Kass
Judy Goldner Judy Goldner from Auburn dale,MA wrote on June 11, 2018 at 1:06 pm:
Warner, you are such a gentle, dignified, warm human being who has made me feel welcome every time we've passed.We all love you and send the warmest, good wishes. Judy Goldner
Lester and Betsy Grinspoon Lester and Betsy Grinspoon from Auburndale, MA wrote on June 11, 2018 at 1:02 pm:
All our love, of course, to the incomparable Warner.