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4 Retirees Reflect on Their Time at Battelle

Posted by Gabe Abke & Kelsey Kimmelman on Jul 14, 2020

To celebrate Battelle’s 90th anniversary, we took the opportunity to speak to four retirees about their time at Battelle and their favorite accomplishments from their decades of work.

Here are some highlights:

Curtis Bridges spent 43 “great years” at Battelle.  “That’s what I liked about Battelle,” he said. “It was the challenges. Every project that comes in the door, it was like a puzzle.”

Diane Gerken reflected on her time at Battelle by talking about the women in management in the 1980s. “That was very important… You didn’t see that in a lot of other places.” Gerken said.

Roy Higgins was born in 1929, the same year Battelle was founded. As a new employee, Roy was tasked with making fuel plates for the nuclear submarine The Nautilus.  

David Masterson, another former employee, spent 50 years working for Battelle. He started as a lab training technician and eventually worked his way up to the position of research scientist. “I did not have a degree,” Masterson said. “I worked my way through the process… 50 years later I feel quite honored to be part of Battelle family.

At Battelle, we consider ourselves very fortunate to have some of the brightest and most creative minds walking our hallways and working in our labs. Our employees–called “Solvers” for the solutions they provide to difficult challenges–are the glue that holds our company together and why we’re still here after 90 years. 

Battelle continues the tradition of solving the world's greatest challenges, yesterday, today and into the future. If you are interested in joining the Battelle Solver team, please visit jobs.battelle.org.

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