Rose Sullivan, librarian at the National Center for Appropriate Technology since 1978, has finally retired – at age 98. After more than 40 years of service, she has decided to move on and enjoy time with family, friends, and a few good books.
Staff at NCAT honored Rose with a party earlier in May and gathered outside her office on her last day, May 30, to say a final farewell. A rendition of “You Are My Sunshine” by staff and a group photo helped send Rose on her way.
This is Rose’s second attempt at retirement. In the mid-1980s, she decided to retire and spend some time traveling the world with friends. She came back to work when she received a call from one of the staff asking her to return to service. Rose recalled that in the early days there were five staff working on cataloging and sharing articles, books and other publications. When she returned in the 1990s, she was the only librarian because computers had replaced all the typewriters.
“I had to have some lessons on how to operate that machine, and here I am today using the computer like an old friend,” says Rose.
The Montana Standard newspaper interviewed Rose to mark this milestone in her career. Click here to see the full story and photos.
We will miss Rose but wish her health and happiness in the coming years.