Farewell Party for Jimmy Florakis

After nearly fifty years at Columbia University and more than thirty years with the APAM Department, Mr. James “Jimmy” Florakis will be leaving our Applied Physics and Medical Physics Teaching Labs for well-deserved retirement.

In appreciation of his dedicated service to the department, Interim Dean Gerald Navratil, Prof. Irving Herman, Prof. Michael Mauel, and John C. Arbo hosted a special lunch Jimmy and his family at the Terrace in the Sky restaurant on Thursday, May 21.  Immediately following lunch, students, faculty, staff, and friends, gathered to say goodbye to Jimmy Florakis in the APAM department at a special reception held in his honor.

Jimmy was presented with a collection of photographs from decades of work in our teaching labs, and letters from students and staff. He was also presented with a plaque which read  “In appreciation for your more than 30 years of dedicated service to the Department, as supervisor of the teaching laboratories of our Applied Physics and Medical Physics Programs, and for nurturing our student in the safe and proper use of scientific apparatus.”

The department thanks Jimmy for his many years of service and commitment.

Photos of the celebration

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