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Roy Rogers

My brother's valuable life

My brother's valuable life

How does one measure whether a life was a success, or a failure? Some would measure it by recognition, that is, how many knew the person's name. For others, the measure of a successful life would be the amount of wealth accumulated or possessions held. Still others would say a life was successful if the person made a major contribution to society — in medicine, sports, politics or the arts. By that standard, my brother, Marshall Stephen Thomas, who died Jan. 5, was a failure. If, however, your standard for a successful life is how that life positively touched others, then my brother's life was a resounding success. Shortly after he was born in 1950, Marshall was...