"Doc's" daughter Celia Fitzgerald of Oregon picked up Doc's teaching ability; she recently retired from a 30-plus career in education. In an email, Celia said her father knew so many people and had so many clients, it was difficult to go anywhere without meeting one.
When Celia received her first teaching assignment, one of her supervising teachers was a sister to one of Doc's clients, Celia wrote. After Celia graduated from Illinois State University and was ready for her first job in special education, Doc gave Celia a piece of paper with the name and number for the superintendent of the school district in Blue Island and told her to contact him, she said.
"I was nervous, very young, looked very young, but the superintendent was easy to talk with and said he would like to hire me," Celia said. "[But] the superintendent also said, "Your dad may have gotten you the interview [the proverbial foot in the door]. but now you have to do the work to prove yourself."