Theodore Dobias
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Roger Pearson

To the family of Major theodore Dobias: I doubt any of you would remember me. i graduated from NYMA WAY BACK IN 1963. For my first two years at NYMA, (1959, 1960), i lived in Wright Hall and sat with Major Dobias in the mess hall, so I had an opportunity to interact with him on a daily basis. We exchanged many wonderful experiences as we shared life over those two years. However, I must state honestly that perhaps the most memorable thing Major Dobias did for me was actually done by his wife, Shirley. I was raised in a very religious Jewish family, and one of the holidays we celebrated each year is Passover, the annual re-telling of the jews' exodus from slavery in Egypt. Observance of the holiday requires the consumption of food specially prepared, under strict rabbinical supervision. of course, none of this was available in the mess hall, and, by the seventh day of the holiday, i was very weak from not having my normal diet. i could barely stand, and forget about marching at all. I will never forget standing by my seat in the mess hall, when in came Shirley, with a home made egg nog that she prepared especially for me, in accordance with the dietary requirements, which i consumed instantaneously. To this day,approaching 60 years later, I still consider it perhaps the best thing I have ever consumed. I think often about her random act of kindness, and i am grateful to be able to express it here, although sad it must be in Major Dobias's obituary. i would attend his funeral, but in 2009, I suffered a stroke, and travel is difficult for me. I am now over seventy years old. i will forever be grateful to BOTH Major Dobias and his wife, Shirley, for their kindness all those decades ago. I will remember Major Dobias, and Shirley in my prayers, and ask God to comfort the whole Dobias family in this time of sadness. Respectfully, Roger Pearson( 203) 856-8000.
Thursday June 9, 2016 at 11:46 am
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