On December 16, 2016, Virgil suffered a stroke due to a previously undetected heart condition (atrial fibrillation). It came as a massive shock, as Virg, at 77, was still going full force personally, professionally, and physically. A typical week for Virg involved biotech board meetings -- some with international travel, work-outs at "Fit", dinners and movies with Brenda, track or swim meets or soccer games with his grandkids, bible study/small group/ Sunday worship, time with friends and family, and perhaps even a little scuba diving. But Virg is far more than the amazing amount of things he brilliantly accomplishes in a week. Virg has a unique set of character traits that draw people to him: outstanding people skills; deep commitment to family; a true friend who would give you the shirt off his back; a superb mind and blessed with the ability to simplify complex ideas or issues and to solve problems; humility beyond belief; he would never take credit for another's idea or accomplishment; a great listener and a gifted public speaker; generous of time and money; possessed of a deep Christian faith; and, still very much in love with his "High School Sweetheart" and wife of 56 years, Brenda, Respected, admired and loved by many, Virg was in the prime of life, enjoying it immensely, but taking nothing for granted. He had plans for the future -- a commitment to service, more quality time with family and friends, and, of course, living out the rest of his life with beloved Brenda.
Virg has always been a tireless worker and shown incredible determination. On December 16th, began his toughest battle yet -- coming back from a moderate size stroke in the left front quadrant of his brain. With wonderful care and support from the experts at Scripps Memorial Encinitas Rehab Center Virg is working tirelessly to return to us all. But, he faces significant challenges. The stroke has left Virg with some right sided weakness, receptive and expressive aphasia (understanding and speech difficulties), and some other deficits. He is undergoing extensive OT, PT and Speech Therapy, and though we are confident he will improve, we need your love, support, messages of hope and prayers to sustain us, as we are hurting terribly. So, please stay with us and help us lift Virg up in the name of the Lord. There are few people more deserving. We want more time with Virg, and we want him to come back as close as possible to his amazing former self.