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Stanford Report, December 6, 2000
School of Medicine Staff Recognition banquet

BY KRISTA CONGER

Christmas garlands and a tree decorated with golden bows lent a festive air to the 18th annual School of Medicine Staff Recognition banquet Nov. 27 at the Faculty Club. But it was a gesture from a longtime employee that truly reflected the spirit of the season.

Ramon Nazario has worked in the Department of Comparative Medicine for 40 years. Although he was the only employee to reach that milestone this year, he didn't attend the banquet. Rather than enjoying the dinner with its accompanying certificate, pin and gift, he donated the money that would have been spent on him that evening -- about $600 -- to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

"Ray Nazario is exactly the sort of person you want at Stanford for 40 years," said Linda Cork, DVM/PhD, professor and chair of comparative medicine where Nazario works as an animal-care assistant. Cork characterized Nazario as modest, hard-working and extremely dependable, noting there has been no unwanted mixing between the many mouse strains in Nazario's care throughout the years.

The 376 staff members recognized for their five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years at Stanford combined for more than 3,410 years of service to the university, noted Michael Hindery, senior associate dean of finance and administration, in his opening remarks. As the audience of nearly 200 gasped at the total, Dean Eugene A. Bauer, MD, led a round of applause to thank the employees "both personally and institutionally."

"We couldn't do what we do without you," said Bauer, who called the banquet "one of the great evenings of the academic year." He cited the large number of faculty members in attendance as proof of the recognition and appreciation for the employees' contributions.

At the event, employees celebrating their five-, 10- and 15-year anniversaries stood and were recognized. They also received a certificate and pin. Employees with 20 years or more at Stanford were invited to the front of the room to be personally congratulated by Bauer and to receive a gift.

Six employees reached the 30-year milestone this year: Viginia Fowkes, senior research scholar in medicine/family medicine; F. Timothy Gadus, finance/management analyst in facilities and planning services; Yao-Pi Hsu research associate in pediatrics; Bernice S. Moos, applied software developer in psychiatry; Tom Nozaki, research and development engineer in genetics; and Anne Schwarzkopf, biologist in medicine/cardiovascular medicine.

Four people were honored for 35 years of service: John Dolph, lab manager and teacher in surgery; Claus Huebner, lab mechanic in biochemistry; Elaine S. Shooter, lab manager in neurobiology; and Robert Tucker, computer research associate in medicine.

Huebner, who came to Stanford from Germany in 1965, took his future wife to Memorial Church on their first date. Later, his daughter was born at Stanford Hospital and baptized in Memorial Church. Reflecting on his long association with the university, Huebner seemed to sum up the feelings of the other honorees with a simple statement. "Stanford is my life," he said.