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Dr. Francis K. Moll, Jr — Doctor, Healer, and Forever Friend

As I’ve laid in many hospital beds this past year, I kept thinking about and wondering, “What would Dr. Moll do?” Dr. Francis K. Moll, Jr. (a Naval Commander and Orthopedic Surgeon) performed a spinal fusion surgery on me in 1969. I was 8.

In July 2014, I decided I was going to try to locate him, not knowing if he was alive or where on this enormous planet he lived. So I went to Google, typed in his name, and got a hit, but this hit was for another orthopedic surgeon residing/practicing in Florida, approximately my age. What to do? What else? There was an email listed for his practice, so I emailed him, identifying myself, and asking if “my Dr. Moll” was related to him. Days later I received an email back with the wonderful news that Dr. Francis K Moll, III, was his eldest son, and let me know that “my Dr. Moll” was alive and well, married 58 years to his wife, Sophie, and that they resided in a town outside of Atlanta, GA. Imagine my joy at this news! I’d found him!! Frank (the son) passed along my email and within a couple of weeks a letter from “my Dr. Moll” arrived in the mail, and we’ve been corresponding by mail ever since. Funny, strange, odd, but after we reconnected I began to heal slowly and steadily. Is he my guardian angel? You bet he is!

In a holiday package he sent, he enclosed three photos — one of him on the day he retired (at 71 years of age); a photo of the celebration of their 58th wedding anniversary; and on the card he wrote the letter to me, adorned with beautiful artwork. The artwork is done by his teenage granddaughter Eve, daughter of Dr. Francis Moll, III.

Please visit Eve’s website — http://www.artbyeve.org — and marvel at the talent and philanthropic causes that this young lady is sharing with the world.


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5 thoughts on “Dr. Francis K. Moll, Jr — Doctor, Healer, and Forever Friend

  1. hello beth! I really loved this anecdote..and the artwork link you shared is too good for words.
    good day!

  2. Great story and wonderful art work.

  3. Hi! Came over from Blogging 101 to say hi. Enjoyed your story a great deal. I am also blogging while ill. Keep up the good work! http://lilypupslife.wordpress.com/

  4. I really enjoyed your story.

  5. How great that you were able to get in touch.

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