Comments for Ira Gollobin Unplugged Ira Gollobin, His Life, Trials and Tribulations Thu, 30 Jul 2009 23:17:07 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on My Statue of Liberty by Christine M. Peyton-Ely, CMA,RMA Thu, 30 Jul 2009 23:17:07 +0000 DR ALTMAN:

You are such an amazing inspiration. I worked with you for 5 years- at Bayview, and I learned more under your guidance and teaching than I ever learned in a classroom. IVF treaments, PCOS treament, Hiritsutism…It was a GREAT honor to work at your side as your assistant.

When a friend or family member needs OB/GYN or Reproductive endocrinology.. I SPEAK UP- DR. KRISTIINA ALTMAN.

I know of patients that we have seen together that traveled (hundreds) of miles to see you- and I know why! In addition, I know that you have assisted many families achieve their dream to have a baby. . . What an amazing person you are!

Thank you for all you have done, and will do. God has blessed each of us with you and I for one and extremely humbled to have known you.

Comment on About by John Hayakawa Torok Thu, 30 Apr 2009 14:54:22 +0000 Hello Ruth –

Thank you so much for being in touch! As I mentioned there is a chapter in my dissertation that is on the Kwong Hai Chew case.

I am glad to hear you are honoring your father’s work, I see him as an unsung hero of American civil liberties and immigrant’s rights. I am really glad you are working to change that.

all the best,

Oakland, California

Comment on About by Janet Zihlmann Wed, 25 Mar 2009 19:09:01 +0000 Dear Ruth,

Please know that my thoughts were with you when your father passed as they are now.

The loss of a parent is a very difficult time in a person’s life. They can live to be 100 and it still hurts so much. I wish I could have met your father – just by the things you have said about him impressed me. And the e-mails about him! I had no idea he was so involved and active at his age. You should be very proud to have had such a wonderful man for a father.

You have had quite a difficult year; you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Love, Janet

Comment on Two Ruth Gollobins! by Heather Boneparth Sat, 29 Nov 2008 21:53:47 +0000 Dear Ruth,

I know what a wonderful man your father was simply by the way you spoke about him – with such love and devotion. I also know what a terrible loss you are feeling now. In time those feelings will be replaced by all the treasured memories you have of a very good man who loved you as much as you loved him. Not everyone is lucky enough to have such a wonderful father in their lives. I know I was and I share your sadness at his passing but rejoice in the wonderful life he led. That is something no one can take away. Peter and I send you our love and condolences.

Comment on About by Ursula Nienhaus - Berlin, Germany Fri, 26 Sep 2008 00:10:54 +0000 Dear Ruth,
Although I got your kind letter and was deeply moved by the information on Ira`s death, I was unfortunately not able to join you on July 19th. However, I have talked to a lot of my friends about Ruth as well as about Ira, whom I never will forget. I am sure that hundreds of Haitian people as well as many other human beings from different parts of the world do share in mourning them. Nevertheless, I am quite sure that Ira especially, would again tell me, as he has done so many times before: just cheer up and be confident, the bad world definitively will change as capitalism – don`t you see it? – is deeply divided by inner rifts!
Thus, I will be with you with my thoughts and my heart.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the memorial brochure and the website! I spent the whole day yesterday in reading about and thinking of Ira and Ruth and looking at the beautiful photographs you mailed me. They made me feel very sad about this big loss.
I still feel honoured to have met these wonderful people and having received so many special iron-grip hugs by Ira. I have told all my students about his remarkable work as well as of Ruth`s experiences in different countries. I have told them they should never forget, on whose shoulders we all stand and that a better world IS possible (this is – also – the slogan of the NBO attack, by the way, and the new social forums).
Thanks for the hug which I kindly (and more softly, as I am not as trained as Ira) reply!

Comment on About by Sisters Barbara Ann Schultz & Mary Lee Murphy Mon, 22 Sep 2008 16:18:18 +0000 Dear Ruth,

This note is so long overdo and I am sorry. Thanks so much for the book you had put together. We both loved it. Not a day goes by that we don’t think about Ira and Ruth and we miss them so much, really. I can’t believe I will never hear his voice again on this side. I know I will hear it clearly in
the next life.

Your brochure was so well done. Thank you for that.

We will be very much with you in spirit in NYC on Oct 26th. Please keep in touch, Ruth.

Our love and prayers,

Marylee and Barb
(Sisters of Loretto)
Nerinx, KY

Comment on In Memory of Ira Gollobin and His Two Wives, Esther and Ruth by Ronnie Asbell Tue, 05 Aug 2008 00:07:45 +0000 Dear Ruth,

Jim would have loved to be at your father’s memorial. He had many
things he wanted to say about him. He also would have loved to hear
what other family and friends had to say. Only his inability to walk
up and down his steep stairs stopped him. He will be very happy to
receive what you are mailing him.

Jim loved you father so much. There is barely a day that goes by that
Jim does not bring up Ira’s name, and always with such deep love and respect. Jim was talking about Ira like this, years before your father passed away.

Ira’s book is never far from where Jim sits. Even last night as we
had dinner with an old friend, in order to substantiate a point Jim
was making, he opened Ira’s book, read a page to us, and then closed the book singing Ira’s praises one more time.

I will look at the sites you emailed me! Love,

Ronnie Asbell
New York, NY

Comment on Two Ruth Gollobins! by Kristiina Altman Mon, 28 Jul 2008 01:42:14 +0000 Dear Ruth

jeremy and I want to thank you for your kind invitation to Ira’s memorial service. It was very special to be able to say farewell to my hero! I have my “testimonial” ready, and would like to send it to you as an e-mail attachment. Could you please send me your e-mail address. It was wonderful to meet you in person. You a such an enormously warm personality- just like your father.
Affectionately, Kristiina Altman

Comment on About by Minister Lisa J. Parks Wed, 23 Jul 2008 00:28:10 +0000 Ruth:

It’s Minister Lisa Parks, I was at your parents memorial this past Saturday w/ the Ambassador & Consul General of Haiti. What a wonderful memorial it was. I’m sorry I didn’t get to know your father but I haven’t stopped reading the book in their honor.

The remarks made about your parents are the kinds of things I pray my natural children will say about me when I’m gone. I know my African children, grandchildren & orphans will.

I found myself wanting to go read about your father and know some of the things he was so wise about.

I wished I had an opportunity to speak but since I didn’t, I now have an opportunity to make my remarks about Saturday.

This is what I would have said….
Although what happened looked horrible (and it was in bad taste), all the people who attended and had wonderful things to say must know and understand that in order for people to be great & wonderful in other people’s eyes, lots of time (not always) but most times they are the wonderfully gifted & talented people they are at the expense of the family (most often the children). I’m sorry your [sister] chose such a public place to “vent” her feelings but know they were her feelings, rather they were right, wrong or indifferent.

Please try to understand “her perception” of “her” time with “her” father. No one else lives in our mind & feeling but us. Don’t allow the enemy of our soul to keep her isolated & hurting, forgive & forget those things that are behind, press on towards the mark of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus.

I’m glad I had a chance to meet & embrace you Ruth. I wished I could have hugged your sister as well.

Forever the Encourager!!!

Because of His JOY,

Minister Lisa J. Parks
Joy of God Ministries
Philadelphia PA

Comment on About by Claire Hirsch - Los Angeles Sat, 19 Jul 2008 12:15:08 +0000 Hi Ruthie!
I just watched the slideshow and read the commentary of two people. I am sure there will be lots more. I feel I hear Ira talking when I can’t figure out something that goes on in the world. Fifty years of extraordinary friendship leaves its indelible mark. When I asked him for advice on one occassion he cautioned me with “I left my Papal hat at home.”