When Michael Andrew Quinlan entered the world in 1942 in Washington, DC, his birth was a miracle. According to at least one physician, his very conception was impossible. Twelve inches long, two-and-a-half months premature and weighing just over three pounds, Mike survived and thrived for the next sixty-six years. But in 2009, he died suddenly, just twelve days after being diagnosed with mantle cell B lymphoma, a virulent form of cancer that is difficult to diagnose.
In Mike: A Man for Others, author William Allen Quinlan, Jr., Mike’s brother, narrates Mike’s story and the significant impact he had on those around him. The author presents a personal history that is part memoir and part biography, chronicling his brother’s life—his birth as the youngest of three boys; his parental background; his upbringing in Bethesda, Maryland; and his days as a student, US Marine, successful food and beverage manager, dedicated and accomplished golfer, certified member of the Golf Nut Society of America; and a loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather.
Always heartfelt and sincere, and sometimes humorous, Mike: A Man for Others celebrates Mike Quinlan’s life, shares his stories, and teaches about loving life to the fullest, about giving, not taking.