Two Fond Farewells and Thank Yous
Murata, Stephen K., Medical Economics
Two staffers whose names have appeared on our masthead for move than a quarter of a century are retiring from day-to-day service on Medical Economics.
Senior Editor Lilian B. Fine has been a vital and vivacious member of our publication family for 33 years--almost half of the magazine's 71-year history. Starting as a proofreader in 1961, she quickly showed her great drive and powers of persuasion and soon took over responsibility for all outside copy procurement.
Ever since, Lilian has been almost single-handedly responsible for bringing to our pages all those great stories doctors share with their colleagues. While these compelling narratives carry the physicians' bylines, you can be sure that Lilian regularly initiated and helped shape them.
Many of those stories began as submissions to our annual article-writing contest. Each year, Lilian and her assistant Helen McKenna have received, reviewed, and responded to more than 400--sometimes 500--entries. In coordination with a board of reviewers, Lilian selected the 100 or so manuscripts that best fit the magazine's needs.
Over the years, Lilian's duties expanded to include handling the hundreds of "permission requests" from other publications and organizations asking to cite some of our articles. Lilian also arranged a number of roundtable meetings that drew experts from around the country.
However, her most awe-inspiring talent was her ability to work closely with doctor authors--coaxing, cajoling, and demanding their best work. At countless medical meetings, I encounter physicians who remember Lilian's powers of persuasion, sometimes even decades after she exercised them. …