Dr. Charles “Jack” Weitzel ’71, Six-Time Author

Dr. Charles “Jack” Weitzel, a general surgeon, is the author of six books in which he talks about his faith journey, and his clinical practice. Above all, he shares an intimate view into his marriage with his wife, Dr. Melinda “Lin” Weitzel.

Dr. Lin Weitzel has kept a journey of their years together, expressing her sentiments in poetry. In a writing from 1981 entitled “The Handy Dandy Book of Surgery,” Lin describes her husband’s commitment to his work:

I am the ‘Handy Dandy Book of Surgery.’
Take me off the shelf each nite
Pour over me with such intent
Gain from me an inner strength
And new insight
Each time you comb my pages
Something new will appear
The last time you looked you missed it.
Such a mystery to go over the same book
Only to find that in different circumstance
It can be new and exciting.
Take from my pages what you need
Then put me back on the shelf for another day
But rush home and pull me from my place
Search my pages at your will
I’ll always remain an open book.

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