GIVE JOY TO MY YOUTH by Teresa Gallagher


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Teresa Gallagher first became acquainted with Dr. Tom Dooley through his book, Deliver Us from Evil. After reading it on vacation in 1956, she sat right down and wrote him a letter. He answered and thus began a relationship that ran right down to the wire (she was at the hospital at the time of his death) and beyond--for she has remained a devoted (one might almost say devout) disciple. Dr. Dooley named jeep for her, begged and borrowed her from Metropolitan Life Insurance to be his secretary in the last months of his life, wrote her often of his duties in the field. Her story of how the doctor who set up a ""people to people"" program in Laos carried on his mission in sickness as well as health will zero in on the hearts of his many followers. Miss Gallagher, who likens herself to Paul's Tertius, writes self effacingly as she records an association that obviously meant a great deal to Dr. Dooley as well. If she has chosen to italicize a quote, ""of such stuff saints are made, ""it is understandable since this was the man whom Dr. Albert Schweitzer, (whose example Dooley had followed) admired enough to say, ""If I had my life to live all over again, I would like to do What Dr. Dooley did."" Understandable at least to Dooley's followers, who will find an enhanced image of their hero here.

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1965
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux