Events celebrate longtime employee service at Rockefeller

Several ceremonies were held last year to commemorate years of service to the university by Rockefeller employees. In November, 33 members of the university were celebrated for 10 years of service. And in May, an Employee Recognition Reception was held to honor 31 employees who have worked at Rockefeller for 20 and 25 years, followed by an anniversary dinner honoring 20 retirees and 17 employees with 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years of service. Honorees at that dinner are pictured below. To see more photos from the three events, visit




“Apart from the oft-cited excellence of our students and postdocs, and the collegiality of the faculty, I especially value the enthusiasm, responsiveness and great competence of the leaders of our scientific resource centers and our non-scientific staff in Human Resources, Information Technology, Purchasing, Security, Maintenance and several smaller departments, who all make Rockefeller run so smoothly.”
– George Cross, Retiree and 30 years





“Doing science is a privilege, so I can’t claim ‘years of service,’ but Rockefeller was and is a fantastic place to explore one’s research questions. There are few academic obligations, a community of familiar faces whose usual attitude is to help, not to say it isn’t possible, and thoughtful and knowledgeable colleagues who provide advice, criticism and friendship.”
– Marjoie Russel, 35 years






“Rockefeller is special to me in many ways. It has given me the opportunity to grow and to get to know so many nice people. Now that I’m older, it has also become a connection to my childhood. I grew up in the neighborhood, planted vegetables in the children’s garden, sleighed down the hill, played in the ‘Sand Park,’ which is now CBC, and would sneak onto the grounds at night where the guards would chase us out.”
– Douglas Many, 35 years






“On the very first day I arrived at The Rockefeller University I sensed it to be a special place primarily because of the people who work here, but also because of the beautiful campus. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to be part of this community for so many years.”
– Erika Mueller, 50 years