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Mon 14 Jun 2004

Another old guard retires

Category : NUS

Just today we bid Mrs Yang a happy retirement; I just finished writing that post.

I first met her when I was fresh out of the army - my college girls and their friends got me a job at the museum, sorting out mammal specimens as the historic zoological collections finally moved into a permanent home in NUS' Science Faculty. As we worked, the Japanese contractors setting up the custom-made electronic cabinets chatted with us through halting English, calling me "Superman" with great enthusiasm because of a curl of hair on my forehead and my inscrutable glasses.

I would drop in to chat with her once in awhile over the years and used the museum's research lab during my honours year, naming it the "Dungeon". She was one person I could talk to about mammals and workers of the past like Chasen, Kloss and Tweedie that I grew familiar with during my otter research days in the mid-90's.

I had no idea I would be part of the museum's staff and students bidding her a happy retirement almost two decades later.

The good thing about naturalists - work can become hobby. Pursued at a much lower key, and free of pressure, the new found freedom is certainly welcome. At Labrador last week, it was good to bump into my old botany professor, Wee Yeow Chin, photographing marine life in the rocky shore of Labrador.

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