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18, 1999, Gazette)
Maureen Stapleton retired in October, it was a poignant moment
for a small group of women who took part in her good-bye celebration.
They, along with several others friends, affectionately refer
to themselves as the Creaking Bones. What ties them together
is the fact that they all began working at Memorial during the
late 1950s and early 1960s. Ms. Stapleton was the last of them
members of the Creaking Bones starting working for Memorial,
the university was a very different place. When Ms. Stapleton,
at 18 years old, started working as a stenographer in the Presidents
Office, there were just eight administrative support staff at
the university, which was then located on Parade Street. Those
eight women, who became friends as well as colleagues, were the
foundation of the Creaking Bones. Ms. Stapleton fondly remembers
the closeness of Memorials staff during those years.
was a lovely environment. Everybody knew everybody, faculty,
staff and students. The personal contact today, I think, has
been somewhat lost. Once we started moving into our own buildings,
you didnt have a chance to see others. I really missed
the close contact we had with people in those early years.
in the Presidents Office for 18 years, Ms. Stapleton took
some time off to spend with her children and then returned to
work at the Faculty of Business Administrations Centre
for Management Development, where she stayed until her retirement.
The Creaking Bones are already making good use of the extra time
Ms. Stapleton has on her hands theyve named her
host for their annual Jiggs Dinner get-together coming
up in November.