It seems like I've known him forever, but it's only been slightly more than a decade. He was one of my mentors, first in IHE, and then in HL7. Back when I started, I knew precious little about the sausage making that is standards. He's taught me quite a bit over the years, and I sure have missed him since his semi-retirement a few years back. I still get to see him every now and then.
Somebody once told me that if you make it until fifty without growing up, you don't have to. I think it was him. I know he succeeded, he's managed to retire and still hasn't grown up. I hope I'm as successful in my life. I look forward to spending more time with him in my other emerging passion, as an engaged patient. What I really like is that even though he's retiring, he's planning on taking his rather detailed knowledge about HealthIT and standards into the engaged patient sphere. And I know he won't take any crap about "you don't understand how IT works", because he did it for 40+ years, all of it in Healthcare. And the world is better for it. He's still involved enough that I expect we'll still be running into each other at some of the same venues, and heading out to sushi to BS about days past. And frankly, I hope just to spend more time being friends.
I don't believe in gold watches. For me, it's gold Harleys.
This certifies that
Glen Marshall, Unaffiliated
Has hereby been recognized for a lifetime of contributions to Healthcare and HealthIT.