"At that time, we were down the street from the old Memorial Stadium, and so many of the athletes would come in," said Neil A. MacDonald, who was the center's first physical therapist and athletic trainer and is now a MedStar vice president. "He had an unbelievable work ethic. He was at the hospital 100 hours a week, at least. He had been raised on a farm, and it showed. He was a down-to-earth, solid guy, not pretentious, who related to the average athlete. His patients absolutely loved him."