Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A Tribute to the Oldest Living Member of the Mulligan Clan ~ Dr. Thomas F. Mulligan
Eight amazing people call him Dad. One exceptional woman calls him husband. And for over fifty years the word has called him doctor. I'm proud to call him Uncle Tom. He's the oldest living practicing orthodontist in the United States — and he's celebrating his 80th birthday!
What does one do to repay an uncle who invited him to tour his office on a school day and sent him home with free braces? If you're a nephew who believes all debts must be repaid, you try your best to pay him back. That's like arm wrestling a gorilla. He gave me a tooth paste commercial smile and wanted nothing in return except one small request to pay it forward and help others in their time of need. Dr. Mulligan writes books and lectures all over the world. And the best lesson he taught me was about the "multiplier affect." He didn't have to use words. Only actions. And I believe the best example he demonstrates is in the love department. He's only four years shy of celebrating 60 years of marriage. He has twenty-two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. That's what happens when you love someone — it multiplies.
Uncle Tom displays this message on his website:
I have a feeling my uncle has influenced more than a single scrawny grade school kid who showed up in his office one day with crooked teeth and a few pimples. Thank you, Uncle Tom. Happy 80th birthday. God bless you.
your nephew, Michael