Class photo, 1937

Where Dr. Joe and Dr. Alice met, as members of the 1937 summer fellowship program in pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Joe Holoubek is third from left, dressed in white, standing next to Alice Baker. Read More →

Dr. Joe and Dr. Alice on the healing profession

(Excerpts from The Courtship of Two Doctors) There is still much to be done in the field of medicine, and let us do our share—not for private and personal gain, but for the benefit of the profession and the multitude.” Read More →

Father and daughter began Courtship together

Early in 2007, Martha Fitzgerald had her parents’ nearly 800 courtship letters transcribed, and she and her father, Dr. Joe Holoubek, began editing them together. They planned an abridged compilation of the collection, for the many readers of his 2004 Read More →

Letters collection released on 75th anniversary

Alice Baker and Joe Holoubek met in 1937 during a summer fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and began a two-year correspondence across 1,100 miles. Both were senior medical students, she in New Orleans and he in Omaha. Alice Read More →

Courtship of Two Doctors

This charming book is replete with enough medical references to interest any student of medical history. Other readers will fall under the spell of the music, automobiles, and social mores of the 1930s.

- Library Journal

Great new book of letters ... This well-done book should be on best-seller lists.

- Kirk Zebolsky

For medical students and residents in training, this is ‘must’ reading. A lesson from those who came before that great obstacles can be overcome and all will be worth it in the end.

- Robert A. Barish M.D.
Chancellor, LSU Health Shreveport

The tenderness, the joy and the hope of these two especially against the background of widespread and potentially fatal TB at home and Hitler's marauding in Europe makes it a love story to be cherished.

- Rose Selcer

Their letters revealed many tips for communication in a marriage: Be Spirit-filled. Be attentive and sensitive. Be honest. Be loving. Be wise. And sometimes, be quiet and just listen

- Daryl Mitchell M.D.