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NIEHS Bids Sassaman Farewell

By Eddy Ball
December 2006

David A. Schwartz, M.D.
NIEHS Director David A. Schwartz, M.D., moderated a series of tributes from Sassaman's staff and associates marking her retirement. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Bill Suk
In tribute to his supervisor's measured approach to implementing new initiatives, Bill Suk, Ph.D., jokingly credited Sassaman with "keeping me out of trouble, maybe even out of jail." (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

The many friends and admirers of Anne Sassaman, Ph.D., at NIEHS and NIH celebrated her November 3 retirement with encomium, presents and fond reminiscences. Colleagues remembered the DERT director of twenty years for her ability to bring out the best in the people who worked with her and her uncanny knack for anticipating problems that could impede progress for division initiatives.

The institute honored her last month with a formal ceremony in Rodbell on November 1, followed by refreshments and fellowship in the lobby. Her staff held a less formal event several days earlier at DERT offices on East Campus.

Gwen Collman, Dennis Lang
At the more informal send-off held at East Campus, Gwen Collman, Ph.D., (left) and Dennis Lang, Ph.D., enjoyed the festivities. Rose Ann McGee and Janice Allen, Ph.D. (standing) watched from the second row. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Pat Mastin and Ben Van Houten
Pat Mastin, Ph.D., Ben Van Houten, Ph.D., and Rose Ann McGee laughed as colleagues told their favorite stories about their retiring director. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

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