My Life After Patton?
I Swam at Dearborn Country Club and at Dearborn High.
Some Things I Remember:
The joy of that miserable Brennan pool temperature. I did not want to be there. But as the sixth of six Patton swimmers, I had little choice.
A Remembrance By Patton Coach Tom Sullivan
Marty Szuba. The world has lost one of its quiet achievers. Like all
the Szuba kids, Marty was quiet, a little shy, and never one to complain.
What he did, he simply DID. Actions spoke louder than words. I had less
contact with Marty than with the others Szubas, but it occurs to me that
you knew him as much for what he wasn't as for what he was. He had less
to overcome in the way of youthful immaturity than most of us. The discipline
of workouts invokes a certain amount of venting, and young athletes do
their share. Marty turned blue in the water, but he never paraded being
blue. Likewise, the intensity of competition can lead to making excuses
or rationalizing. But when you saw Marty discouraged, you were frustrated
because there weren't many ways to console him. Arrogance, bragging, grandstanding
-- all part of the game. Not Marty's way. He could focus. He was intent
on an honest appraisal and moving on. That defines a truth-seeker to me.
"To thine own self be true..." says the philosopher. Guess what I'm doing
here is defining the short path to success Marty had after swimming. He
didn't give a clue to that in his early youth around a swimming pool. The
analytic and empathic skills necessary to high achievement in his chosen
profession were just things he did when the time came. Not surprising that
he should leave such a great legacy in such a short time. Doers do that.
God bless you, Marty...
Martin Peter Szuba, MD
September 26, 1958 - October 3, 2002
Marty, who was a psychiatrist, was most recently the Director
of the Laboratory for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and the Medical
Director of the Insomnia Program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
He was at the University of California in Los Angeles from 1984-1991.While
at UCLA he held several positions including Chief Resident of the In-Patient
Service, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and National Institute
of Mental Health Research Fellow in Psychobiology. He received an MD in
1984 and a BS in 1980 from the University of Michigan. He received his
high school diploma in 1976 from Dearborn High School. Marty was diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer at the end of June 2002 upon returning home from
attending a family gathering in Dexter, MI and a professional conference
in Chicago. He was a nurturing and thoughtful man
with a playful sense of humor. He was also intelligent and curious, scientific and rational. These qualities, along with his determination, humility, trust and openness inspired us. Marty was devoted to his family and friends and proud of his professional and athletic accomplishments. He was held in the highest regard by the medical students he taught and his colleagues. His department chairperson called upon Marty for his professional expertise when colleagues became
ill. There is no higher compliment among physicians than that. Marty enjoyed northern Michigan vacations to his
family’s summer home in Cross Village, swimming, Michigan football, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and The (first) Godfather film and book. He dearly loved his wife Geralyn and his two young sons, Jared and Michael. He still holds
two swimming records established in the early 1970s at Dearborn High School and the Dearborn Country Club. He is deeply loved and missed by family, colleagues, and patients. Our loss defies further description. Marty requested that donations be made to:
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)
60 Cutter Mill Road, Suite 404
Great Neck, NY 11021 USA
International Society for Transcranial
c/o Thomas E. Schkaepher, MD
University Hospital, Dept. of Psychiatry
Murtenstrasse 21 3010
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