Celebrating Four Decades of Service: Congratulations LaVerne Reid!

by Mary Ellen Eagan

I recently attended the “Rewirement Party” for LaVerne F. Reid, who will be concluding her 40 years of federal service on December 31st.  I have not known LaVerne long (compared with her career), but have gotten to know her since she’s been with the New England Region of FAA’s Airports Division, and have found that I am more impressed with each interaction.  LaVerne is one of those amazing people who make me feel humble in their presence.

The thing that struck me most at LaVerne’s “rewirement” was the absolute sincerity with which every person who spoke said that LaVerne had touched their lives.  Her positive “get-it-done” attitude, respect for the dignity of each person she contacts, and sheer humanity bring out the best in those around her.

Two other real-life heroes I’ve met are Paul Farmer – founder of Partners in Health and the subject of Tracy Kidder’s book, Mountains Beyond Mountains; and Greg Mortensen – founder of Pennies for Peace and author of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace, One School At A Time.  Both have amazing life stories and amazing books.  At the risk of going all religious on you this close to Christmas, I’ll say that LaVerne, Paul, and Greg are the kinds of Christians that I think Jesus intended us to be.

Best of luck LaVerne in the next phase of your life – I’m sure it will be rewarding for you and those around you!

”]Shovel bearers including Mayor James Ruberto, Laverne Reid of the FAA and U.S. Rep. John W. Olver break ground at Pittsfield Municipal Airport. [Source: iBerkshires 2010]

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