Honoring Larry Dobkin and ``Tuned In: The Larry Dobkin Music Showcase’‘by Former Representative Bradley S. Schneider
Posted on 2013-03-05
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Mr. SCHNEIDER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor my friend Larry
Dobkin. The world sometimes has a cruel way of taking the best among
us, and Larry was one of the best. In September, he succumbed after a
noble battle with cancer. He left behind a wife, Nanci and three kids,
Alex, Carlie and Sydnie. But Larry's loss was felt far beyond his
immediate family. That was Larry's gift--we all felt like family.
Perhaps never have I met another person so fiercely loyal, devoted and loving. If you were a friend--and Larry considered pretty much everyone a friend--then Larry would work himself to exhaustion for you. He made a recruiting visit to his beloved University of Illinois law school even as he was battling late-stage cancer. From his hospital bed, Larry still advocated on behalf of young lawyers in his firm and the children of friends.
I had the privilege of knowing Larry through many lenses, from Aitz Hayam, to the Jewish Federation, to Response Center and Nachshon. His passion for Israel was second to none. On countless trips to Israel, Larry touched countless more people overseas. The Jewish community lost a giant. We all did.
He thought deeply about the world and religion and family and community. Conversations with Larry always sought the highest ground, and they always focused on making the world safer, making it better for the next generation.
One of Larry's greatest endeavors was his support for Response Center, which provides outreach, counseling and sexual health services to teens and their families. For those of us who knew Larry, this isn't a surprise: it's helping kids. In recognition of his peerless efforts, Response Center has created an endowment in his honor and--perhaps even more to Larry's liking--they renamed their annual teen music showcase in his memory. From this year forward, it will be ``Tuned In: The Larry Dobkin Music Showcase.'' Now, Larry will be responsible for helping support young people and their families. I can't think of anything he'd want more, and I know that somewhere Larry is bear-hugging everyone in sight, not because he's proud of a personal achievement, but because his mission continues.
Though we miss him with all our hearts, our lives are immeasurably better for having shared a lot of his life together. We have to dedicate ourselves to working tirelessly, every single day, working ourselves to exhaustion and beyond because there's a void that Larry left. As we continue to grieve, we continue to work. Larry never stopped and neither can we.
Larry, I miss you. We all miss you.