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JOE E HOLOUBEK, MD is a retired physician and the author of Letters to Luke (Little Dove Press, 2004). He is a distinguished member of the Catholic Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, an organization limited to fifty Catholic scholars of academic stature who have earned doctorate degrees. As members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, he and his wife, Alice, also a physician, toured the Holy Land. The Drs Holoubek are also founding members of St Joseph Catholic Church in Shreveport. His extensive list of published works includes articles on cardiology, medical ethics and health care of the clergy and religious. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. She was among the first women to graduate from LSU School of Medicine — New Orleans. For more than forty years they practiced internal medicine together in Shreveport, LA, where he chaired the founding committee for a new LSU School of Medicine. He is former president of the National Federation of Catholic Physicians Guilds, the Louisiana Heart Society and Tri-State Medical Society. He and his wife received joint citations from the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the LSU Medical Center Alumni Association. They met in 1937 during a summer fellowship at Mayo Clinic and wrote almost daily until they married in 1939. Alice, his greatest source of inspiration, died in January 2005.

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