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Flowers left for Walter Gropius
I was a teenage operating room orderly at Tufts New England Medical Center (Boston) in 1969 when I wheeled a stretcher into your room to take you to the OR. Your "wide scale" hospital room window looked out onto a construction site, the perfect setting for the founder of the Bauhaus School. Your bed was a mass of wires and tubes. You were in a painful state but your eyes were very much alive, and when you looked at me I felt something unusual. You could not move onto the stretcher, so the physician who accompanied me suggested wheeling your bed out the door, down the hall, into the elevator, and finally into the OR. But your bed would not fit through the door frame. We pulled and yanked the bed; the struggle was causing you much consternation. The physician was becoming very impatient. He crossed the boundary in terms of self control. I wanted to apologize to you for his behavior, but your eyes told me you understood. We finally got your bed out. The experience was an honor, sir.
- Thom Nickels
 Added: Feb. 22, 2012

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