He started to get sick before he knew it. It started with a slight tremor I think in the left hand, as I remember, as early as 1968. This was a very slow developing neurological disease. It’s still very rare. And it has all the nasty characteristics of MS and Parkinson’s combined. It tends to kill somewhere between five and seven years. So the chances, you know–he didn’t know what it was and it was very slow in developing. It was a number of years before some doctor in Boston finally said, “Well, this is very rare but I think you’ve got Shy-Drager Syndrome.”

David Booth,
Former Political Science Professor