CommComm posted on June 19, 2010 00:21

I just want to offer this up early, it's actually a bit premature. As most of you may already know our Debbie McClellan is retiring. We sat down to talk about the many highlights and observations of her long career at Hopkins. Part of maintaining the blog is meeting and talking to people at Hopkins that were previously---for me---usually off the radar. Hadn't really spoken to Debbie that much. But sitting down with her was such a delight. She graciously volunteered so much of her past and present. I can't say I ever remember speaking with anyone who was just so thankful and respectful for her career, and for her job that brought her so many friends, acquaintances and colleagues and took her to so many '.places' She values her teaching and editing with such a heartfelt sincerity. Talking with Debbie pushed all those emotional buttons you never think will get pressed during those 9-5 hours. And all it took was an informal chat down in the basement of Welch. My goodness. Real life always springs up when you least expect it.

 

The interview should be posted sometime next week, but I wanted to share this story she told me at the very end. She said the last time she'd been interviewed it was with a reporter from the Newark Star-Ledger. She was working in a lab at the time, and the interviewer was TICKLED by the presence of real, live honest-to-goodness lab mice. So, he precociously went over to touch one and like a kid at the monkey cage---YEOW! He was a mouse-bitten man. Luckily, there were no animals present during our interview. Alonzo don't play that.

Alonzo LaMont

 


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