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Dr. Allan Arkush 1946-2017
Eulogy by: Vince Griffin
As we travel through this life, we encounter many people. Some of those people are true friends and make our lives better. Dr. Allan Arkush was one of those. He was born in New Jersey — graduated from High School in Cincinnati then Miami University and on to the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. In looking at his incredible number of medical activities, it is hard to believe that he had time to play racquetball. Among many, many accolades, just a couple years ago, Allan received “the” Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award. He served on the Mozel Sanders Foundation Board which provides 40,000 Thanksgiving meals annually. Allan was quite modest as he never mentioned any of these many activities.
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I met Allan many years ago at Greenbriar Racquetball Club. While Allan was not the fastest player on the court, you did not want to give him a backhand off the back wall. That was his shot! He was an intense competitor. He and Mike McGovern were always in contention in their division and took home a number of trophies. In the 1990’s, to honor his father, Allan created a perpetual endowment to award a young racquetball player a college scholarship. Many have benefited from this.
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But, that is not what made Allan so special. I never heard Allan say anything negative about anyone. He was very sensitive, always had a smile and was one of the funniest and best joke tellers ever. I can still hear him saying “did I tell you this one”? And when you said “yes” — he told you again — and was even funnier. He was known for his great humor in the operating room. When I had a severe hernia eruption while a number of fellow racquetballers were on a recent Alaskan tour — and we were in remote Danali — Allan checked my hernia which looked like a golf ball just above my navel and said “dang, I should have bought that hunting knife yesterday at the festival”. Ha! (On 9/11/15, following the cruise, Allan performed the hernia surgery and found two hernias. And, he performed three hernia surgeries on Jerry Goodreau.) On that Alaskan cruise, the ten of us shared dinner every night and Allan challenged all of us to a “Limerick Competition”. We all came to the dinner with a Limerick and Allan always had the best.
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He was an incredible photographer and won many awards at the Indiana State Fair. He and his wife, Sharlee, were accomplished scuba divers. An avid reader and Civil War buff. He liked to share with me his latest book about the history of Ireland. As a devout Jew, he and Sharlee would invite a number of us to their home for a “Christmas” dinner. Even at his funeral, Allan’s personality and humor came through. Sharlee read Allan’s 13 steps to a great life and informed the packed synagogue that Allan asked her to share that “if I knew I was going to die of a brain tumor, I would not have exercised so much or eaten so healthy”. That was Allan. And the topper was that when he was being wheeled out of the synagogue, the exit music came blasting out with “There she was just a-walkin’ down the street”. YES!! Allan got us one more time.
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Allan really lived life large — in a quiet, understated way. I’m sure he subscribed to the great Ferris Bueller quote — “Life moves pretty fast — if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”. I, and many, will miss Allan’s backhand, surgical skills, smile, humor and sensitivity. I’m sure he is looking down and saying “did I tell you this one”? So, I will leave you with this favorite Irish blessing that is so “Allan”:
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May you never forget what is worth remembering — nor ever remember what is best forgotten”. Peace, my friend. Vince Griffin

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Jim Schenk

In Memoriam

Jim Schenk II 1956 – 2016

It is with a heavy heart that we are reporting this news of the passing of our fellow racquetball player, Jim Schenk. Jim played at the YMCA in Elkhart, Indiana, and has been a fixture on the tournament schedule since 1996, winning multiple events and state championships. Not only was he was an open player and a fierce competitor, he was a huge part of our racquetball family.

Jim passed away unexpectedly on the 4th of March. Jim will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.