At a dinner honoring newly retired MIT employees on Sept. 14, Barbara Peacock-Coady, pictured above, far left, shares a story with her husband, Joe Coady, left, and Barbara Penfield, right, wife of Paul Penfield Jr, far right.
President Susan Hockfield and her husband, Dr. Thomas Byrne, hosted the dinner at Walker Memorial Morss Hall. In her remarks, Hockfield recognized the retirees' varied talents, interests and dedicated long-term service -- this year's class of 147 retirees spent a combined 3,977 years at the Institute.
Vice President of Human Resources Laura Avakian joined Hockfield and Byrne in presenting each MIT retiree with a certificate of appreciation. Also participating in the celebration was Bob Blake, co-chair of the Association of MIT Retirees, who encouraged new retirees to participate in the association's activities. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-253-7910.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 21, 2005 (download PDF).