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The Lichter brothers teach the healers.

never wanted to do anything else. We
both
set our sights on that goal and we
Staff Writer
were both fortunate enough to get
there."
Ann Arbor
When Paul started college in 1956,
uena Lichter kvells at the
Allen was only in fifth grade, so they
thought of her two boys.
weren't very close.
"They're both wonderful
"I don't remember him growing up.
sons to me and I can't do any-
He was always old," Allen teased.
thing but praise them," said Lichter, 91,
Paul's career took him away for 12
of Southfield. "They were normal kids;
years, and Allen's career took him away
they liked sports and played golf Now
for four, but about 20 years ago, they
that they're grown up, they're no trouble
both found themselves back in Ann
to me — I probably make them more
Arbor.
trouble."
Now they live 10 minutes away from
Her sons, Paul and Allen, are well
each other by car, and are a seven-minute
known in Ann Arbor's medical and
walk from each other on the medical
Jewish circles. Allen, 57, is the dean of
campus.
University of
Carolyn Lichter,
Michigan's medical
Paul's
wife of 43 years,
school and Paul, 64, is
calls
her
husband very
director of the Kellogg
dedicated and said he
Eye Center and a pro-
has no addictions
fessor of ophthalmolo-
"except for golf."
gy and visual sciences.
They have two
In the Jewish corn-
grown daughters and
munity, they both
three grandchildren.
have chaired the
Evie Lichter, Allen's
Jewish Federation of
wife of 15 years, says
Washtenaw County's
Men's gardening
Annual Campaign,
hobby is "indicative of
and Paul served as
everything he does. It's
president of Beth
expansive, it's big and
Israel Congregation.
it's done beautifully."
"They set a stan-
She doesn't have to
dard of leadership and
say anything about his
commitment for the
Paul and Allen Lichter take a walk golf hobby. The stack
rest of the communi-
on the medical center campus.
of golf balls on the
ty," said Jeffrey Levin,
windowsill and the
the Federation's execu-
club-making equipment in the basement
tive director. "Each one of them has
need no further explanation.
always been there to take a leadership
Allen said he made his brother a driver
role in the community and its institu-
once, but he didn't like it. "I haven't been
tions. They're just stalwart members of
tempted to do it again," he said.
the community and mentshes to boot."
They grew up playing golf at Knoll-
The medical profession runs in the
wood Country Club in West Bloomfield,
Lichter family. Their father, Max, was an
obstetrician in private practice in Detroit for where their father was a member.
Allen's a 10-handicap, Paul's an 8.
50 years. From the time he retired and until
"Over the years in our little $2 game,
his death in 1989, he remained active —
he's won about $6,000," Paul joked.
promoting disease prevention.
Living in Michigan, minutes from
Paul remembers well his father's half
each other is a wonderful thing for them.
century of obstetric practice. "Many
"I tell people I came back to Michigan
times, I remember during the night hear-
in 1984, not because of Big Chill under-
ing a car drive down the driveway, and
graduate days, but it was the best oppor-
looking at the clock, seeing it was 3
tunity in the country to do the type of
a.m.," said Paul. "He was going to do a
work I was doing," said Allen. "I tell peo-
delivery"
ple that I thought it was going to be ter-
"Our father was an inspiring person,"
rific, but it turned out to be much better
added Allen. "He made medicine seem
than I could have imagined." E
so exciting, and he was right. Paul and I

HARRY KIRS BAUM

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