By itself, the number 986 isn’t really all that impressive. It doesn’t stand out, there are no sports milestones associated with it and it’s definitely not pi, no matter how far you want to carry the decimal.
But for a select group of retired University staff members, 986 is definitely significant. That’s the combined number of years served by those who retired in fiscal year 2003.
Forty-six retired, and 21 were in attendance at a recent luncheon hosted by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton at Whittemore House.
“The talents and contributions of employees like yourselves are essential elements in enabling Washington University to celebrate 150 successful years,” Wrighton said in congratulating the retirees. “You have my and your colleagues’ gratitude for your efforts in advancing the University.”
Names are followed by the number of years of service.
Bobbie Beck, 17; Pamela Christopher, 15; Betty Daniel, 33; Lilli Edwards, 12; Dorothy Elliott, 18; Pauline Farmer, 28; Terry Feltman, 12; Anne Gibson, 17; Annaliesa Hanebrink, 25; Wayne Hanebrink, 33;
Luise Hoffman, 14; Blanche Johnson, 32; Terrence Keegan, 30; Annie McDuffie, 23; Dorothy McGinnis, 12; Patricia Nance, 10; William Olbrich, 15; Patricia Rolfe, 17; Glen Sprankle, 13; Dolores Warters, 23.
Sally Allan, 19; Beatrice Bailey, 14; Anahid Birdwell, 11; Doris Butler, 30; Stephen Coburn, 10; Margaret Cummings, 35; Jiu Ding, 13; Kathryn Eyerman, 35; Cynthia Fedders, 29; Rosetta Furdge, 35; Lewis Harris, 37; Lois Henge-hold, 12; Robert Jones, 14;
Sue King, 31; Judy Koepke, 24; Ann Magnetti, 10; Evelyn Maylath, 14; Thomas Moore, 22; John Olack, 30; Mary Pelchman, 27; Carolyn Richardson, 12; Cleveland Richardson, 14; Carolyn Scheske, 28; Robert Sind, 34; Marjorie Thomas, 34; Arnola Wetzel, 13.
To put 986 in perspective, if the retirees had been at the University one after the other instead of concurrently, the first employee would have started in the year 1017, or right in the middle of the Middle Ages.
Traditionally, special recognition is afforded to those retirees in attendance at the luncheon who have the greatest number of years of service with the University. This year, Margaret “Polly” Cummings (35 years), Kathryn Eyerman (35 years) and Marjorie Thomas (34 years) each received a basket of flowers. All worked at the School of Medicine.
All retirees were given walnut plaques, presented by Wrighton, Larry J. Shapiro, M.D., executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine; David T. Blasingame, vice chancellor for alumni and development programs; Stuart I. Greenbaum, Ph.D., dean of the Olin School of Business; James E. McLeod, vice chancellor for students and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; and Barbara A. Feiner, vice chancellor for finance.