Tuesday, May 01, 2018

34 years of faithfulness

In June of 1984, a young man with a brand-spanking new PhD moved his fledgling family to the Middle-of-Nowhere, New Mexico, and began a career as a nuclear chemist.  Because Dave, like many in our government laboratory town, often works on classified projects about which he can not speak, I have, over the years, referred to to his job as "keeping the world safe for Democracy." 

Over his 34 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dave has done many things: volcano studies, environmental restoration projects, air quality studies, ground water studies, and, indeed, things that I don't know about that do keep the world safe for Democracy.  He has faithfully given his time and talents to the jobs set before him, working through life's crises: including new babies, his own cancer, all my health issues, raising his boys, welcoming grandchildren, and caring for aging parents. Through all that time, he was a servant to those around him, always ready to help and encourage and get along, even with hard-to-get-along-with scientists. He has provided well for his family, and served his country. He is my hero.

Congratulations on your retirement, Dave.  Well done!  And I can't wait to see what adventures lie ahead of us!


LaJuana said...

Congratulations, Dave, and may you and Chris enjoy many more adventures and quiet times together in the years to come.

Beth in Mint Hill said...

Wow! Hope you can come see us in Charlotte now. :)

Alyse said...

Blessings for you both. May there be many years of family and joy.