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In memoriam: Dan Mulvihill

April 22, 2015
Dan Mulvihill
Today, I found out that Dan Mulvihill died on February 6, 2015. He will be missed.

Dan Mulvihill was a pioneer in diagnostic imaging equipment, a Marine Corps veteran and a loving husband and family man.

All who knew him knew him to be a gentleman. He was honest and in business, his word was his bond.

I learned a lot from Dan and I always felt like he was a mentor of mine. In business, he was practical. He had good judgment and trusted people when they deserved it and until they proved otherwise.

He was impeccably honest and would not even let you take him to lunch. In an environment where so many people looked for ways to benefit personally, Dan always followed the straight and narrow. It took two years of working together before he let me take him to lunch.

He was extremely knowledgeable about equipment and had a great memory. If you could not remember the name of the fellow that had the gantry crane in St. Louis, you knew you could call Dan.

He loved the Marine Corps. I cannot remember if he was a navigator or a radio operator on Marine transport planes, but I know he traveled back and forth between Southern California and the Orient.

After the Marine Corps, he worked as an RT and ended up being in charge of a hospital radiology department in Southern California. From there, as I recall, he went to National Medical Enterprises, where he served as an asset manager and helped NME to remarket surplus assets. After that, he went to the Link Group, where he remarketed assets as well.

I did hundreds of deals with Dan, including buying my first mobile MRI.

I cannot say enough good things about Dan Mulvihill or the positive influence he had on me and my career.

I feel terrible because I had fallen out of touch with Dan and I should have known. The moral of the story is reach out to the people who are special to you and stay in touch with them because they are not going to be here forever.

Dan was devoted to his wife, Rita, and his children. I am sure they will all miss him, but I am just as sure that they are as proud of him as I am to say that he was my friend.

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About Phil Jacobus

Phil Jacobus has been involved in health care since 1977, when he visited China to sell equipment. He has done business in 35 countries and still travels extensively. Phil is active in charity, helps rural clinics and always tries to help DOTmed users when he can.

Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.

Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.

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David Denholtz

Dan Mulvihill

April 23, 2015 04:36

I knew Dan back from his LINK Capital days also. I bought many CT's and MR's from him back then, and we stayed in touch up until a few years ago when he had started his own company. I can hear his voice right now. He was a solid guy-- honest and 100% "on-the-mark" with everything he did. Sad to hear of his passing.

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Don Bogutski

In Memoriam: Dan Mulvihill

April 23, 2015 04:36

Phil:

Thank you for writing so eloquent a tribute to Dan Mulvihill. Your words represent well how those of us who knew Dan felt about him. Dan was generous with his time and support of IAMERS. He served on the Board of Directors and made valuable contributions to the organization.
Dan was a willing volunteer, covering booth duty for IAMERS during the last day (cemetery duty) of the RSNA. He always took care to make certain the IAMERS booth and materials were carefully packed up and ready for transport. Semper Fi Marine! With your conduct you served faithfully and well. You are missed but not forgotten.

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Richard Stockton

Dan

April 23, 2015 04:36

Phil,

Phil,

Like you I had know Dan for almost the start of my career in Imaging. Dan was at NME while I was just starting out on my own business. He was a pleasure to work with.

I agree that Dan was a very straight shooter in any venue or discussion. Dan was upstanding participant in the medical imaging community. As you describe, our lives become so driven that we lose out on the connections and friends as time passes.

I also had not seen Dan since one RSNA several years ago. It was a nice discussion and a friends good bye. Who knew that would be the last discussion we were to have.

Thank you Phil for bringing this to our attention.

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