As you were picking up the Aug. 4 edition of the Daily Pilot to read with your morning coffee, I was on a Delta Air Lines flight to Minneapolis via a connection in Salt Lake City. It was one of my three trips in 2010 to visit my older brother, LeRoy, who now lives at the Benedictine Health Center in Minneapolis.
In 1952, upon graduating from St. Louis Park High School, LeRoy was admitted to Harvard on a scholarship, but a couple of weeks before he was to leave for the Ivy League university, he contracted polio and was left paralyzed from the neck down.
He spent a year-plus in Sister Kenny Institute and then at home with our folks. They not only cared for LeRoy, but Dad drove him to classes at the University of Minnesota and Mother would push his wheelchair into the classroom and help him take notes. After our parents died, LeRoy lived in the family home with help from aides.