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Loss of a good doctor

Thank you for your Feb. 5 Associated Press article regarding the tragic illness of Dr. Richard Olney, the former chief neurologist at the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) Center at UCSF, San Francisco. The courageous story of his struggle with the illness (ALS) that he has battled for his patients was very thorough and yet, it did not fully describe the tender, compassionate care he offered to his patients over the years. My late wife, Judith Harrison, was a patient of Dr. Olney’s and her struggle with this fatal, incurable disease was made somewhat easier by the expertise provided by Dr. Olney and his staff. I fondly remember the July 4th holiday when the center was closed and Dr. Olney and his wife Paula, a nurse, traveled to meet us at the UC center to attend to Judy’s needs. Dr. and Mrs. Olney are truly wonderful people and this tragic twist of fate is so very sad.

Gary W. Harrison

Nevada City

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