Dean, three faculty and one staff member share gratitude and memories as they prepare to close out IHP careers

Laughs, cheers, stories, smiles, heart-warming memories, and plenty of gratitude – just some of what was on display Tuesday afternoon when the MGH Institute community gathered to say goodbye to five veteran stalwarts whose aggregate service within the Mass General Brigham system exceeds a century. 

John Shaw, Director, Communications in Office of Strategic Communications; Marjorie Nicholas, Chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Patrice Nicholas, Director of the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health in the School of Nursing; Rita Olans, Associate Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing, and Ken White, Dean of the School of Nursing, were all feted and celebrated in a retirement ceremony in 1 CW before dozens of family members, staff and faculty.

“We talk about people being the heart and soul of an organization,” said President Paula Milone-Nuzzo. “You have given us a great foundation on which to build, and we can't thank you enough for that. The IHP is better because you all have been here.”

In holding with the IHP tradition, a $100 gift was made to a non-profit organization near and dear to the retiree’s heart. A department head or designee said a few words about their soon to be departed colleague, then the retirees took center stage. Here are some excerpts: