In a February 2015 op-ed for the New York Times, Dr. Oliver Sachs, an esteemed neurologists, writer and teacher, and an NAA board member, wrote a beautiful and touching essay reflecting on his life, his work, and his achievements. Disclosing to his readers that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, Dr. Sachs shared:

“Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.

On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.”

The medical news site MedScape recently put together testimonials from colleagues, fans, and friends of Dr. Sachs as a tribute to him.

The NAA has been proud and honored to have Dr. Sachs as a board member and we wanted to add our gratitude for his contribution to the many voices who are acknowledging Dr. Sach’s contribution to neuroscience and education.