THERE have been very few heroes in my life - my father, a man who's been like a father and, at the top of my list, my husband.

I never looked at celebrities or sport figures as heroes, but there have been two men outside my family who I have always admired. Dr. George Tillman, the abortion doctor, and Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who allowed many to die a dignified death. He showed them the compassion that society deems a criminal act. I felt sadness when I heard this great man had died. But I feel even more sadness for those in need who won't receive the dignified death we all so richly deserve. "Well done, good soldier, well done. May you forever rest in peace."

Terri Davis, Philadelphia