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Sep 2011

Haskins “Chuck” Kazanori Kashima (1932-2010)

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011;137(9):894-895. doi:10.1001/archoto.2011.139

It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with human problems all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than: Try to be a little kinder.—Aldous Huxley, 19631(p293)

This past November marked the end of a remarkable life story. Courageous, creative, and brilliant, Haskins “Chuck” Kashima, MD, was the consummate clinician-teacher who encouraged his colleagues, residents, and students with every interaction. On November 21, 2010, a remembrance of Chuck's life brought together several hundred of his friends and family. Herein, I’ve tried to reprise some of the story told at that very soulful ceremony.