On March 18, 2020, Alan Davies Sessler, MD, died peacefully in his sleep. His was a long and fruitful life, spent in the service of others. The tapestry of his life was woven through the many roles he embraced. Alan was a dear friend, a gentle mentor, an accomplished administrator, innovative educator and, distilled to its essence, a beloved leader.

Dr. Sessler was born in the height of the Great Depression on April 4, 1932 in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. His father, Albert, was a dentist, and his mother, Mildred, a stay-at-home mother. He matriculated at Boston Latin, which is the oldest public school in the United States. Academics were rigorous and taught Alan the value of merit because success at the school came to those who earned it in the classroom. Social standing had no influence.

College years were spent in Hanover, New Hampshire, at Dartmouth...

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