Saturday, March 13, 2010

Thoughts And Prayers To Keith Olbermann

Theodore C. Olbermann, 1929-2010

My father died, in the city of his birth, New York, at 3:50 EST this afternoon.

Though the financial constraints of his youth made college infeasible, he accomplished the near-impossible, becoming an architect licensed in 40 states. Much of his work was commercial, for a series of shoe store chains and department stores. There was a time in the 1970's when nearly all of the Baskin-Robbins outlets in the country had been built to his design, and under his direction. Through much of my youth and my early adult life, it was almost impossible to be anywhere in this country and not be a short drive to one of "his" stores.

My Dad was predeceased last year by my mother, Marie, his wife of nearly 60 years. He died peacefully after a long fight against the complications that ensued after successful colon surgery last September at the New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. My sister Jenna and I were at his side, and I was reading him his favorite James Thurber short stories, as he left us.


Anonymous said...

God bless you and your family, Keith.

Average American Patriot

Jonathan said...

Damn shame. My thoght to Keith and his surviving family members.

et said...

Olbermann Sr. raised a fine son who does him proud. Kudos to him on a life well lived and bravely fought to the end...and deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Particularly to Keith, who has bared his soul on this matter in a way (not to mention in so selfless a cause) that the crocodile-teared Becks of the world, not to mention the devotees of such, cannot remotely comprehend.

Patrick said...

My thoughts and prayers are with the Olbermann family...To you Keith thanks for letting us get to know a little about your father as well. God Bless

Anonymous said...

Stay classy Ranger. But stay classy somewhere else.

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