After 49 years of service to the Duke Department of Pediatrics, Diane Crayton is officially retiring at the end of this month.
Crayton began working in the department in 1969 as the secretary for Samuel L. Katz, MD, who was then serving as chair of the department. When Dr. Katz stepped down in 1990, she served in a variety of other positions with each of the succeeding chairs, including administrative secretary, administrative manager, financial management analyst, and most recently, special projects manager.
“I’ve done a little bit of everything!” Crayton said. “I was fortunate to have great opportunities—I can’t imagine working at any other place.”
“Diane was and is a very sensitive person,” said Samuel L. Katz, MD. “She is dependable, independent, imaginative, polite, kind, and dedicated, and all of these qualities are important in effectively managing our departmental programs.”
In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Crayton has always been willing to take on additional tasks when needed and has worked with generations of medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty, who often came to her if they needed someone to talk to.
“She’s been a surrogate mother to many, lending a kind ear to problems both professional and personal,” said Thomas Kinney, MD, associate chair emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics. “She’s always been a champion and advocate for her Pediatrics family.”
During her time in the chair’s office, Crayton has experienced many changes, including moving from a cramped office located in the middle of the pediatric clinic in the sub-basement of Duke South to the new McGovern-Davison Children’s Health Center, where she had a hand in selecting the artwork that decorates the walls.
“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Diane for the last four years--she has been a truly outstanding staff member, and we will certainly miss her many contributions to the department,” said Ann M. Reed, MD, Samuel L. Katz Professor of Pediatrics, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and physician-in-chief of Duke Children’s.
Thank you, Diane, for your wonderful service and dedication—we wish you all the best in your well-deserved retirement.