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Interview #938: Sykes, Marguerite (June, 2009)

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00:33:20 - 00:35:35 Colleagues

colleagues, memories, stories, coffee group; Krone, Suki; women; Springer, Edward; Caulfield, Dan

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LB

So are there colleagues about whom you have particularly strong memories and do you have any stories about them?

MS

Well this probably the nicest one is---oh, it's from day one. There was a coffee group that met down in the ground floor of where my office was initially in this building---no in building thirty-three---and there were probably ten people, maybe twelve and at any one day probably eight of them I would see twice a day, just come together for coffee and often it became a real problem solving, you know, kind of what do you do about if this happens [or how you do whatever]. And you know you also get to not only solve problems about what you are research on, but I guess we got to know each others families [vicariously] and this sort of thing just vicariously talking. Some of these men, and I guess I have to say I was one of the few women in the group, we had a secretary at one time and Suki Croan was another woman who came over, but the rest were all men. It just was a very cordial group and I think that was maybe one of the nicest memories I have at the Lab and I guess I still see Ed Springer [my bleaching guru] occasionally, informally in a University league setting, and Dan Caulfield has remained a really good friend, not that we see each other often but we run into each other occasionally. Yeah, some of the people are no longer living who were in that group, [Irv Sachs, George Hajney, Suki,] and young people came in that who are still here. So it was a very interesting group and I guess I have the strongest memories of them.

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