Howard A. Pearson, MD, November 4, 1929 - October 16, 2016

"My co-author and beloved father-in-law Dr. Howard A. Pearson passed away on October 16, 2016, in New Haven, Connecticut.  For the past three years while writing “Fulfilling Paul Newman’s Dream,” we have spent countless hours drafting text, emailing each other, talking on the phone, laughing and bantering (which we did for the past 40 years).  From the very beginning of the writing, we decided to donate any profits to Camp.  Dad was a kind, thoughtful gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor.  He did crossword puzzles in ink and loved to challenge people to a cribbage game.  He dedicated his career to helping children with life-threatening diseases.  I was very fortunate to marry his son Stephen, my best friend, and become Howard Pearson’s daughter-in-law.  He treated me like a daughter.  I was honored and privileged to write his memoir with him.  I will miss him for the rest of my life." -- Mary Lou Shefsky

What people are saying about "Fulfilling Paul Newman's Dream"

“I LOVE the book. LOVE…It really is a love letter, to camp AND to my dad.  It is also a great introduction to camp for people who do not know about it…You did a great job, Pop would love it as much as I do.  All the Best, Lissy” – Melissa Newman, daughter of Paul; Camp Volunteer and Board Member

“ ‘Fulfilling Paul Newman’s Dream’ captures an essential part of the history of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.  Doc not only gave Camp the credibility that was crucial in establishing our success, but also as providing the medical treatment of our campers.  He also established the remarkable artistic endeavor of capturing the story and spirit of those early summers in the form of totem poles that Paul Newman loved.”  -- Ray Lamontagne, Chair of Camp Board of Directors and a Camp Founder

“An insightful look into the genesis of Paul Newman’s dream written by one of the original team members and a true guiding force to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.” – Robert Benson, Robert Benson Photography

“The book is a wonderful tribute to both Paul Newman and Howard Pearson, M.D.  It is not only inspirational to read but also documents what a few dedicated individuals can accomplish for a very special group of children.” – Errol Alden, M.D., FAAP, Retired Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Pediatrics

“Thanks so much [to Doc and Mary Lou] for doing this for the entire Camp family and the world who needs to know about us.  Doc is utterly unique in my experience, first as my extraordinary teacher in 1974 and then starting 20 years later in an entirely different manner as he impacted my life even more powerfully through Camp as it transformed my son, me, and my family.  Bravo Bravo.” – Richard Kayne, M.D., Camp Board Member, Parent of campers, and Camp Volunteer

“'A boom chica boom,’ one of the crazy changes at Camp ran wildly through my soul as a I read Doc and Mary Lou’s story of THITWGC.  A ‘Dream Fulfilled’ for sure for countless thousands of children and families, and yes, this book tells the story well.  Thank you, Paul Newman, for the dream.  Thank you, Doc Pearson, for making the dream come true.”  -- Father Domenic (Dom) Roscioli, long-time Camp Volunteer

“What a wonderful book!!! We feel so honored to be a part of it! I am so glad that the memories and the magic have been recorded in such a way that all who read it can get some of the sparkle. For those of us who have spent time at camp the memories are life changing and live deep within our souls forever. Then to have a wonderful book like this to bring to the surface all that love and magic that has been shared by all through this experience is invaluable!  Bravo! Thank you! Wonderful job! It really captures the essence of Camp.” – Kim Winslow (Loon) and Therese Schorn (Fidget), Big Apple Circus Clowns

“It is a wonderful story, and the photos bring back many memories.  My family still remembers the times we spent there when I was Camp doc.  Hard to imagine that was almost 30 years ago!  What I remember most is the change the Camp inspired in so many kids.  It was truly a place like no other for them, a place where they belonged…may it continue.”  Jack Van Hoff, M.D., Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Camp Volunteer, Camp Medical Committee Member