Marin Allgood Obituary, Death – Marin Allgood has sadly passed away. If Marin Allgood had been a normal man, we would have had a negative reaction. The answer must be affirmative since Marin would not have accepted a different statement. But as I’m sure many others who have followed the recent expansion of Croatian pathology would agree, it won’t be the same without him.
All of his friends will need some time to adjust to his sudden departure, which happened just a few days before his 44th birthday. Afterward, we’ll be able to travel the routes that our beloved Marin has planned and imagined. Whether or if this is genuinely possible won’t be known for sure for some time. Yet since we owe everything to Marin and his legacy, we must continue where Marin left off. I’ll try to remember that and occasionally look up at the sentence I wrote on my wall from Samuel Beckett’s 1953 play The Unnamable: “… you must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll carry on.”
I met Marin on one of my early 1990s visits to Zagreb. I should also add that I had already been a resident of the US for 20 years at that point and had decided it was time to give something back to my nation. With the aid of my colleagues from the Department of Pathology in Zagreb, Professors Stanko Juki, and Mara Dominis, I was able to save enough money in the US to buy the translation rights for a well-known American pathology textbook.
The Robbins pathology textbook was swiftly translated into Croatian by them and their coworkers. To advance pathology education in Croatia, we completely overhauled the pathology course at the Zagreb Medical School and incorporated computer-based teaching strategies. Dr. Marin Nola, a young visionary enthusiast, accidentally assisted our efforts at this precise moment.
He had finished his pathology training and was ready to take on important responsibilities. The rest, as they say, is history. Outside of the classroom, Marin continued to teach; in a true sense, one could say that he lived pathology. He developed a number of innovations, the bulk of which was enthusiastically embraced by the students, in addition to publications on teaching pathology and research into the exam questions.
His inbox was continually inundated with fresh ideas for increasing pathology instruction and helping students become better doctors. He enjoyed discussing education. For example, he was developing a “question bank for academics” at the time of his death that would include at least 5000 questions that had previously received approval in Croatia and the US and would cover every aspect of pathology. Are these inquiries concluded, or will his records be seized?