As we finalize plans for my father’s memorial service this Saturday, I have been thinking about him and his life. Over the fireplace in the living room of the house of memories, that is itself a memory, hung a portrait of my father as a younger man. On the left side of the painting were dilapidated houses on the other were immaculate versions of the houses on the left with my father in the middle of the two.
The portrait was done when my father was featured in Reader’s Digest in October of the year I was born. The article was part of a series on “small splendid efforts” of volunteers trying to make the country a better place. The title of the article was “The Banker Who Battled the Slums”.readersdigest-arh