Many people have supported us in writing this book or have inspired us to
feel that it should be written, but some in particular must be singled out.
The Committee on Communications of the American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP) deserves special mention. Committee Chair Dr Donald Shifrin and
members, Drs Michael Brody, Daniel Broughton, Susan Buttross, Alberto
Gedissman, Rosario González-de-Rivas, Paul Horowitz, Regina Milteer,
Deborah Mulligan, Michael Rich, and Brian Wilcox. The committed AAP
staff—Carolyn Kolbaba, Veronica Noland, and Marjorie Tharp—have offered
encouragement, support, and guidance. We thank the AAP for trusting us to
take on this important topic. We are especially grateful to Carolyn Kolbaba
and Mark Grimes for the vision to make this project happen, and Eileen
Glasstetter for her skill and support in guiding the book to publication.
Each of us would like to acknowledge other individuals for the important
roles they have played in our lives and work.
From Dean Jones
I want to thank the admissions staff, the administration, and all of my many
friends at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the greatest univer-
sity of science and technology on earth, for supporting my efforts these past
few years. I’m the person I am today because of the rigor and discipline I’ve
learned there. Though many have been a part of shaping my ideas and the
concepts described in this book, a few people have been especially critical
in getting it launched by encouraging (and occasionally pushing) me, includ-
ing my amazing publicist Kristen Collins, my manager and personal favorite
Eric Chemi, my assistant Ellen Stordy, and my angel Martha Jablow.
I am so grateful to the men and women who taught me what it means to
be a Wise Elder. I have worked for the best—Peter Richardson, Julie McLellan,
Michael Behnke, Dan Langdale, Bob Redwine, Susan Hockfield, Dan Hastings,
and Chuck Vest (my hero).