How do you celebrate the accomplishments
of someone who has given 26 years of dedication to the Department of Medicine
in one day? It’s not easy, but Dr. Robert Eckel, Division of Endocrinology and
Dr. David Schwartz, Chair of the Department of Medicine, managed to pull it off.
They recruited former colleagues and
friends including Judith Kaur, MD, Mayo Clinic; Bruce Molitoris, MD, Indiana
University; Timothy Henry, MD, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation; Philip
Mehler, MD, Denver Health and Hospital; Jeffrey Lynn Miller, MD, National
Institutes of Health; Polly Parsons, MD, University of Vermont College of
Medicine; William T. Abraham, MD, The Ohio State University; Talmadge E. King,
Jr., MD, University of California San Francisco; Victoria Fraser, MD,
Washington University of School of Medicine; Martin Blaser, MD, New York
University Langone Medical Center; Chip Schooley, MD, University of California
San Diego; Greg Fitz, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and
Patricia Gabow, MD, Denver Health and Hospital Authority, to assist.
Each gave a short presentation ranging
from stories of Dr. Schrier’s mentorship to an all-out and very funny roast.
Judging from the smile on his face, Dr. Schrier enjoyed each and every one.
The last speaker of the day was a close
friend of Dr. Schrier’s, Peter Agre, MD, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research
Institute and Nobel Laureate, Chemistry.
But the celebration did not end there —
friends, colleagues, former students and family gathered for dinner that
evening at the Brown Palace Hotel to share more wonderful memories.
After a warm welcome from Dr. David
Schwartz the guests were treated to a Franz Schubert piece performed by Don
Gilden, MD, violin, Don Perkins, cello, and Mila Startsev, piano. Following
dinner, one of Dr. Schrier’s long-time mentors, Lloyd (Holly) Smith, Jr., MD,
University of California San Francisco, gave a wonderful talk to highlight the
The Schrier children then took the stage
and presented a charming impromptu skit. The evening closed with a video
prepared by the family chronicling their dad’s life from Indiana farm boy to
renowned researcher to doting grandfather.
The day and evening were a fitting
tribute to a man who has done so much for so many and for the Department of
Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.