David N. Louis, MD, and Robert H. Young, MD, have received the 2020 Patricia R. Austen, RN, MGH History Award. The award honors individuals or groups who have worked to promote or preserve Mass General history.
On a Thursday in February 1980, English couple Mark Smith and Kay Lund were facing a dilemma: Smith was about to overstay his tourist visa while visiting Lund, a postdoctoral fellow in Joel Habener, MD’s Laboratory of Molecular Endocrinology. “Well,” an immigration officer told them that day, “you could get married.”
The couple, during a conversation at a Friendly’s restaurant – now the site of the Charles River Plaza – decided to do just that. The following Monday, with lab colleagues and friends in attendance, and a justice of the peace presiding, they were wed in a venue that was both convenient and free: the Ether Dome.
Were they at all unnerved by the presence of Egyptian mummy Padihershef, or the fact that thousands of operations had been performed on the spot? “Not at all,” says Smith. “I just thought it was cool, a bit of history.”
Lund was given away by Habener. Smith was escorted by Habener’s assistant Jean Sullivan. Many friends from MGH attended the ceremony. After the ceremony, the attendees headed to Houlihan’s in Faneuil Hall for a celebration.
After Lund spent three years at MGH, the couple moved to North Carolina where she held a faculty position at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill for many years and Smith was an artist and home builder. They raised two daughters and recently moved to Maryland where Lund is the director of the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce at the National Institutes of Health and Smith continues to be an artist. They recently returned to the unusual site of their “I do”s – 40 years later.Alas, they no longer have those fabulous hats.
- Nov | 17 | 2020
While shutters went up in storefronts throughout the city, the city within Mass General continued to buzz and employees and patients continued to need things—a candy bar pick-me-up, a trinket to thank a coworker or a Mass General scrub cap.
- Oct | 23 | 2020
Celebrating gives people the energy to press on during difficult times, said Joseph Betancourt, MD, vice president and chief equity and inclusion officer, in his introduction to the “Celebration of Unity, Heritage and Mass General Latino/a/x Front Line Staff” event.
- Oct | 22 | 2020
“Our goal with this triathlon—and the Medicine in Motion group—is to reduce burnout by building community through fitness and philanthropy,” says Logan Briggs, fourth year Harvard Medical School student and co-founder of Medicine in Motion.
- Oct | 21 | 2020
The need for blood at Mass General hospitals continues to be urgent. View a list of upcoming drives.
- Oct | 9 | 2020
To provide wigs for chemotherapy patients who are underinsured or who do not have the means to purchase one, the LVC Retail Shops have launched a program called Share for Hair.