HAGERSTOWN -- Dozens of friends, family members and colleagues filled the Hager Hall Conference & Event Center in Hagerstown Saturday night for a tribute to Dr. Dan H. McDougal, medical director of Antietam Health Services and a volunteer physician at the Community Free Clinic of Washington County.
After years of patient advocacy and dedication to seeking care for those least able to obtain it for themselves, McDougal has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig's disease, an incurable, fatal neuromuscular disease, Community Free Clinic Executive Director Robin Roberson said.
He was honored Saturday night with tributes from elected officials, co-workers, friends and family that were at times playful and at others tearful.
The event raised $48,845 for an endowment fund McDougal established for the Community Free Clinic.
Roberson teased McDougal, affectionately known to clinic staff as "Dan the Man," for his characteristic e-mails written in all lower case with no periods and his habit of discarding sticky notes in drawers instead of in the trash. Antietam Health Services Chief Operating Officer Mike Zampelli joked about McDougal's use of gingerbread man-shaped paper clips and unease with "administrative speech." And both said they had learned and grown both personally and professionally from knowing McDougal.