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Roger WB0CMZ逝く 

今朝、KL7RGというコールの方、 Rich、からメールがあり、私のメルアドを確認して来た。メルアドはその通りだと返事した。追うようにして、Roger WB0CMZが、事故により亡くなったとの知らせが、彼から届いた。事故を伝える地元のネットニュースはここ

まだ、53歳の働き盛り。同じ小児科医として、無線で会うたびに、話しは尽きなかった。以前にも、記したと思うが、彼と最初に会ったのは、彼がニューメキシコの先住民居住区で小児科医として仕事をしていた頃だった。1980年代始めの頃だったろうか。当時、大学に勤務していた私は、彼に英語論文の添削を頼んだりしたものだった。

その後、彼は、CDCに移り、疫学の研究をしていたようだ。再びお目にかかるようになったのは、2000年前後だったか。10数年ぶりの再会で、互いに大いに驚き、喜んだものだった。アラスカに移り、やはり先住民の子ども達のケアを熱心になさっていたようだった。2,3年前に会った時には、お嬢様が東部の大学に行く話しを楽しそうにしておられた。仕事にもまだまだ熱心に取り組んでおられた様子だった。

ネットニュースによると、亡くなった日も診る予定の患者さんで一杯だったようだ。先住民の小児医療に熱心に取り組んでいた、彼のようなかけがえの無い人物が、このように早い年齢で、生を終える。この事実を一体どのように受け止めるべきなのだろうか。

彼が、生前私と交信すると何時も嬉しそうにそれを報告してくれたものだったと、彼の死を知らせるメールの最後に、Richは記していた。きっとそれで私にも連絡を下さったのだろう。

遺されたご家族にお悔やみの手紙を出そう。


Tonight, I got another e mail from Rich KL7RG, who had told about some friends of Roger's having found this blog. I would like to translate this entry into English. Any comments would be accepted without the image password system for a while I would expect comments from overseas, possibly from Roger's friends.

I am surely missing him.

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This morning, Rich KL7RG has asked me by an e mail if the mail address belongs to me or not. My answer was immediately followed by a sad news that Roger WB0CMZ had killed by an accident. The local net news site reporting his death is here.

He was only 53 years old at his tragic death. It was the age an experienced pediatrician like him could work most actively. We used to talk a lot on many things whenever we met on the radio. As I have written elsewhere, it was early 80s when we met first on the air.He was working as a pediatrician at a native residential area in New Mexico. I wa working at a med school hospital. He used to help me correcting my medical papers.

Thereafter, he has moved to CDC in Georgia, where he made some research work in epidemiology. Was it around 2000 when we ran across again on the air? It was a contact after absence for a decade or so. Both of us were so pleased with much surprise. He told me he had moved to Alaska and had been serving for the native children there. In a QSO several years ago, he used to tell me delightedly that his daughter was going to a unversity in the east coast. According to my last entry in this blog regarding him, he was thinking to retire and go on research career. However, he still looked to be enthusiastic for his present work.

The net news reporting his death tells us that he was supposed to see a lot of patients at a clinic on the day of his passsing. A pediatrician serving hard for the native children like him is forced to put an end to his life at so young age. How could I accept the fact?

Rich told me in the end of his mail that whenever he met me on the radio, he used to pleasantly tell him on it. That may be why he let me know on his death.

I would like to write a mail of condolence to his family.

Shin Onisawa
JA1NUT

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