Gary Ludwig, instrumentation specialist for Biological Sciences, retires after more than four decades of service-Mellon College of Science - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, November 17, 2003

Gary Ludwig, instrumentation specialist for Biological Sciences, retires after more than four decades of service

Gary Ludwig, instrumentation specialist for Biological Sciences, retires November 14 after more than four decades of service at the Mellon Institute. During his time at the Institute, he ensured that MCS faculty and students had working laboratory equipment, often staying late into the night to solve particularly challenging problems. After working with the Chemistry Department at the Carnegie Institute of Technology for two years, Gary came to the Mellon Institute in 1961 before it was associated with Carnegie Mellon. When the Mellon Institute Technical Service Center was disbanded, he stayed on as part of the MCS Biological Sciences staff. Gary was honored with the MCS Merit Award in 1999, an award given to an MCS staff member or team for outstanding service.

Several faculty members recall times when Gary dropped whatever he was working on at the time to come to an in-session lab class and repair or calibrate equipment so that they could continue teaching. Eric Grotzinger, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in MCS, remembers a day when a refrigerator manufacturer declared a piece of equipment as unfixable after several repair attempts and delivered a new unit to replace it. The next day, Gary had the ‘unfixable’ piece of equipment running perfectly, effectively giving MCS two refrigeration units for the price of one. This story is just one of countless examples of Gary’s dedication to MCS and his ingenuity at fixing laboratory equipment. Grotzinger estimates that Gary has saved MCS hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years by repairing or restoring equipment such as this.

A party was held in Gary’s honor on November 13.

By: Lauren Ward