Tribute to Jules Amer
Please join us for a tribute/reception in Dr. Jules Amer’s honor at
Children’s Hospital Colorado on Monday, June 19 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Children’s 2nd Floor Conference Center
Mt. Oxford/Yale/Princeton – Tribute (5:30 p.m.)
Feel free to bring written stories (Jules loved stories!), memories and/or photos to be included in a remembrance album.
Dr. Jules Amer passed away at home in the company of his beloved wife, Marilyn, and family on Saturday, April 29, just a week before his 93rd birthday. A pediatrician for generations of children and their patients, Jules often said that his greatest joy was when a young woman brought a new infant to his office and said, “You took such good care of me when I was young, I want you to take care of my child.” He was loved by thousands.
Throughout his career in pediatric practice at Children’s Medical Center, Jules maintained a close relationship with Children’s Hospital Colorado, the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and many other Denver institutions. His leadership was instrumental in the creation of many clinical programs. He was at various times Chief of Medicine, President of the Medical Staff and Honorary Lifetime Member of the Board of Directors of Children’s Hospital Colorado. In recognition of his many contributions, the Jules Amer Chair in Community Pediatrics was established to promote the health and well-being of all Colorado’s children.
As a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the CU School of Medicine, Jules was frequently recognized for his outstanding service, teaching and mentorship. For him, there was no such thing as “town versus gown.” He encouraged collaboration between Colorado healthcare institutions, supported research in the office and, as the consummate clinician, taught literally hundreds of students and residents the critical importance of honing their clinical skills and judgment in the care of their patients.
Most importantly, Jules inspired us to emulate his commitment to care for the “sick and the poor” – the individual child in our care at any moment, as well as all Colorado children, who are often left without an advocate when economic and political decisions are made. Jules taught generations of physicians, nurses, office staff and anyone who would listen, the importance of not just providing care, but of caring about every child, every problem, every person from the heart.
Jules Amer believed that, as we encounter parents and their children, many in difficult circumstances, we learn to see the humanity in everyone and learn something about ourselves. Fortunately, Jules shared with us a book of often humorous, frequently poignant reminiscences: Intimate Strangers – Stories from a Lifetime of Practicing Medicine. Through it, he will continue to instill in generations to come, the privilege of truly caring for all our children.