Although he succumbed to thyroid cancer on June 10, 2006, Dr. Joseph Calder Jr., left an indelible mark on the lives of many, especially the lives of his family, friends, colleagues and patients within Williamsport and surrounding communities.
Throughout his 31-year career as a physician, Calder was regarded as a consummate teacher, mentor and coach. He was characterized by a fierce dedication to the highest-quality medical care and by a selfless devotion to his patients and coworkers.
He came to Williamsport in 1975 and was the physician founder of advanced cardiac services in Williamsport. His efforts in establishing cardiac catheterization and echocardiography services led to the recruitment of other cardiologists and, ultimately, the cardiac surgery program in Williamsport.
In addition to his passion for medicine, Calder had a limitless love for his wife, Stephanie, whom he'd married in 1974, and their three children, Eric, Beth and Melissa.
This year, members of Calder's family will join the community-at-large at the Relay For Life of Williamsport in honoring and remembering his contributions to so many people.
"When we found out this year's Relay was in memory of Joe, we were very surprised, very honored," said Stephanie during a recent phone interview.
She also shared that she frequently hears from individuals who share with her the impact her husband had on their lives.
"It's so nice to hear from them and talk about their relationship with Joe. The whole time he was ill, everyone was very supportive," she said. "He had such a passion for life, a commitment for his career and family and the people he cared about. He was just a wonderful person."