Celebration and good cheer at Dal's annual Retirees Tea

- June 17, 2015

Sharon Boltz, Linda Seamone and Jean Merritt, retirees from the Faculty of Engineering. (Nick Pearce photos)
Sharon Boltz, Linda Seamone and Jean Merritt, retirees from the Faculty of Engineering. (Nick Pearce photos)

The winding down of a long, successful Dalhousie career is an opportunity for reflection, celebration and good cheer.

All were in abundance at this year’s Retirees’ Tea, which took place last Thursday, June 12 at the President’s House. The annual event recognizes faculty and staff who have retired from the university within the past year.

The reception had many delicious treats, coffee and tea to accompany the reminiscing. President Richard Florizone congratulated the retirees on heading into the next chapter of their lives and thanked them for their years of dedication to Dalhousie.

 “Most of you are moving into a new phase of your life, and some of you have already made the transition,” he said. “It’s an exciting time, a time to embrace more fully your passions outside of Dal and to cultivate new interests — including spending more time with family, with friends, and especially on yourselves.”

Looking back at Dal’s growth and change over the past few decades, Dr. Florizone noted the important role the attendees played: “making our impact more strongly felt through the students we have graduated, the discoveries we have made, the artistic and scholarly work that we have produced, and the programs we have delivered.”

There was a common theme amongst the retirees of what they’ll miss the most about their time at Dal: the students.

Linda Cochrane spent nine years as a full time instructor in the Department of Dental Clinical Sciences and also worked for several years part-time. Only two weeks into her retirement, her fondest memories came from seeing her students’ progress through their studies.

“The class size made it so that I got to know them beyond being their instructor,” she said. “I’m sad that I will not get to see the students who I recently had the pleasure of teaching finish.”

Cindy Townsend spent almost 30 years at Dal before retiring from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology — and before that she was a student herself.

“I was a student here, I met my husband here and our children were students here,” she says. You can say that we’re a family the bleeds black and gold.”

Since retiring almost a year ago, Cindy has found that what she misses most are the students who came through the lab. “They kept me young.”

Retirees 2014/15

The following list of invitees to the Retirees' Tea includes faculty and staff who retired from the university within the past year.

Alexander, David -Surgery
Appleton, Mary - Pediatrics
Archibald, Kenneth - Facilities Management, DAL AC
Arsenault, Dale - Architecture
Barkhouse, Sharon - Chemistry
Barnstead, John - Russian Studies
Bedford, Robert - Facilities Mgmt
Biggs, Alicia - Facilities Mgmt
Boltz, Sharon - Faculty of Engineering, General
Bortolussi, Robert - Pediatrics
Brunelle, Brenda - Medicine
Burgess, Shawna - External Relations
Caldwell, Deborah - Pathology
Cochrane, Linda - Dental Clinical Sciences
Coolen, Ann-Marie - Engineering
Creaser, Robert - Procurement
Cross, Melvin - Economics
Cullen, John - Biology
Day, Victor - Counselling & Psychological Serv
DeCoff, Carol - Counselling & Psychological Serv
Donald, Richard - Dean's Office, Dal Ac
Doyle, Pamela - Continuing Education, Dal AC
Duinker, V. Ellen - Nursing
Edwards, Alison - Medicine
Eisenhauer, Nancy - Facilities Mgmt
Fanning, James - Financial Services
Flemming, Paula - Mathematics and Statistics
Frager, Gerri - Medical Education
Fraser, Lloyd - College of Continuing Education
Ghaly, Abdelkader - Biological Engineering
Graven, Michael - Medicine
Grundy, Kevin - Chemistry
Herman, Paul - Facilities Mgmt
Higgins, Gary - Facilities Mgmt, Dal AC
Hutchison, Archibald - Dental Clinic
Isner, Barbara - Faculty of Engineering General
Issekutz, Andrew - Pediatrics
Jamieson, Frances - School of Physiotherapy
Jones, Melvina - Business Administration
Kenny, Andy - Registrar's Office, Dal AC
Kroeker, Richard P. -School of Architecture
Little, Sandi - Admin Computing
Long, Anthony - Facilities Mgmt
Long, V. Lee - Athletics & Recreational Services
Lovas, John - Oral & Maxillofacial Sciences
MacDonald, Diana - General University
MacDonald, Janet - University Library
MacDougall, Robert - Facilities Mgmt
MacFarlane, "Dilly" Dorothy - Medicine
Machan, Karen - University Library
MacKay, A. Wayne - Faculty of Law, General
MacRae, Darrell - Plant and Animal Science, Dal AC
Mahdi, Gamal - Pediatrics
Matheson Studley, Christine - Facilities Mgmt
McKinnon, Matthew - Facilities Mgmt
Merritt, Jean - Engineering
Miller, Sherree - MacRae Library, Dal AC
Mitton, David - Dalplex
Moore, Karen - Varsity & Finance
Murray, Barbara - Facilities Mgmt
Phelan, Gisele - Radiology
Philips, William - Engineering Math
Power, Lynn - Medicine
Power, Pat - Facilities Mgt
Robel, Atsede - Facilities Mgmt
Rook, Ruth Anne - Facilities Mgmt
Ruddick, Barry - Oceanography
Rumsey, John - Business Administration
Sabattis, Terri - Transition Year Program
Sanders, Barbara - Financial Services
Schimp, Linda - Registrar's Office
Schori, Beatrice - Dalplex
Schotch, Peter - Philosophy
Scott, David - Earth Sciences
Seamone, Linda - Faculty of Engineering General
Shakespeare, Donna - Surgery
Spencer, Kathy - Process Engineering & Applied Science
Staples, Edna - Biology
Tetreault, Ronald - English
Townsend, Cynthia - Microbiology & Immunology
Vidito, Gregory - Facilties Management
Westin, Donald - Architecture & Planning
Wheatley, Linda - Bookstore
White, Linda - Surgery
Wile, Donald - Facilities Mgt
Wishart, Gaye - President's Office
Wood, Pamela - Romeo Dallaire Institute
Wood, Richard - Mathematics & Statistics
Woodman, Faye - Faculty of Law, General
Young, David - Obstetrics & Gynaecology

This list was compiled by the President's Office and Human Resources in consultation with faculties and departments. If you believe anyone was left off this list in error, they are more than welcome to attend the event next year. Contact the President's Office at 902-494-3804.


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