Your Friends from M&E will Miss You
I had the great opportunity of working with Mary for a number of years at an environmental consulting firm (Metcalf & Eddy, Inc., Wakefield, MA) in the late 1980's and 1990's. We worked in the hazardous waste site clean-up group. It was a great group of young men and women who working together to assess, test, plan, and design clean-ups of industrial and hazardous waste sites throughout New England and the Northeast. Mary played a key role in assessing human health risks of each site so that Engineers such as myself, could design appropriate remedies for cleanups.
There were many-many long days and late hours for 6 or 7-person project teams, both "in the field" sampling as well as in the office working on test data, spreadsheets, and reports. I remember Mary always being kind, considerate and she had that wonderfully disarming and infectious smile and wicked sense of humor. That kept everybody loose and was a great tonic for tired teams of chemists, scientists, planners, and engineers.
Many of us (like myself) moved on to other jobs after M&E. I didn't know that Mary had been working at the Housing Corporation of Arlington to promote affordable housing which is great. That sounds just like Mary; trying to make the world a bit better for others. She was always thinking of others first before worrying about herself.
It is ironic that the first place I lived when I moved to the Boston area after college (circa 1986) was Arlington. It had the most affordable housing around the area. I see why Mary loved the Town as well.
Goodbye Mary.....you will be missed.
-Dan Peters, M&E "Alum" 1986-2001
Thursday February 28, 2013 at 3:14 pm