Shirley worked with ATD, mostly in the Surface and Sounding Systems Facility and the Field Observing Facility, for several years. "She was a wonderful role model, always eager to do things," recalls administrative assistant Mary Ann Pykkonen. "When computers came to our jobs, I thought Shirley would say, 'I'll retire.' Well, she didn't." On the contrary, Shirley became a whiz at TeX (pronounced 'tek), the complex word-processing program used in several NCAR divisions. "That's an accomplishment for anybody," notes Maggie.
ATD abandoned TeX in the late 1980s, and Shirley migrated to CGD, becoming a regular in the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group before it split off from CGD. "She helped us out for more than five years, especially with our Network Newsletter," says ESIG administrator Vicki Holzhauer. After calling it quits two years ago at age 79, Shirley returned to her original hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. "She turned 80 last May and came out to visit us again last summer," says Vicki. "She was like a great-aunt to everyone in the group--scientists, students, whatever. Her age was never an impediment to her getting along with people. She was incredibly adaptable."
ESIG dedicated its April/May 1996 issue of the Network Newsletter to Shirley. "NCAR really did come to be her family here in Boulder," says Vicki. Adds CGD administrator Holly Howard, "I remember her very fondly--she was energetic, vivacious, and had a very positive attitude. I thought the world of her." BH
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