Six-Years Ago (31-July-2012) — Pennsylvania

Last Day at Merck.

I’ve now been retired from Merck for six years. I worked at Merck sites in Rahway, New Jersey; Boulder, Colorado; and West Point, Pennsylvania for over 27 years. Since I retired I have visited 40 different countries (several more than once) and 44 states. I have been at sea for over 7 months (two Semester at Sea — Enrichment Voyages;ย  three Semester at Sea — Semester Voyages (Spring, Summer, and Fall); and two Hurtigruten voyages (one in Norway, and one to Antarctica)). I returned to Argentina and Chile for a photography trip with Thom Hogan, and did two Iceland photography safari’s (one summer, one winter) with Mike Hagen. I also visited Cuba and Japan for street photography workshops with Steve Simon. During these travels I have taken over 1.5 MM images. Not all of the images have made it into my photoblog posts yet… While in New Jersey, I have been renovating my house, adding solar power and replacing the oil furnace and old air conditioner with a geothermal heating and cooling system. Doing my small part to become carbon neutral.

Kathy, my administrative assistant in my empty office on my last day of work at Merck. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera. (David J Mathre)
Kathy, my administrative assistant in my empty office on my last day of work at Merck. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera. (David J Mathre)

 

Three-Years Ago (31-July-2012) — Pennsylvania

Last Day at Merck.

I’ve now been retired from Merck for three years. I worked at Merck in Rahway, New Jersey; Boulder, Colorado; and West Point, Pennsylvania for over 27 years. In the three years since I retired I have visited 27 different countries (several more than once) and 44 states. I have been at sea for two Semester at Sea, Enrichment Voyages;ย  two Semester at Sea, Semester Voyages; and two Hurtigruten voyages (one in Norway, and one to Antarctica). I also returned to Argentina and Chile for a photography trip with Thom Hogan, and did two Iceland photography safari’s (one summer, one winter) with Mike Hagen. During this time I have taken over 800K images. Not all of the images have made it into my posts yet…

Kathy, my administrative assistant in my empty office on my last day of work at Merck. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera. (David J Mathre)
Kathy, my administrative assistant in my empty office on my last day of work at Merck. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera. (David J Mathre)

 

Five-Years Ago (19-July-2007) — Pennsylvania

Merck RNA Therapeutics Executive Team Dinner.

RNA Therapeutics Executive Team Dinner in Pennsylvania. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) with a SB-800 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5 (David J Mathre)
RNA Therapeutics Executive Team Dinner in Pennsylvania. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) with a SB-800 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5
RNA Therapeutics Executive Team Dinner in Pennsylvania. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) with a SB-800 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5 (David J Mathre)
RNA Therapeutics Executive Team Dinner in Pennsylvania. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) with a SB-800 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5
RNA Therapeutics Executive Team Dinner at the Mainland Inn. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) with a SB-800 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5 (David J Mathre)
RNA Therapeutics Executive Team Dinner at the Mainland Inn. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) with a SB-800 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5
RNA Therapeutics Executive Team Dinner at the Mainland Inn. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) with a SB-800 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5 (David J Mathre)
RNA Therapeutics Executive Team Dinner at the Mainland Inn. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) with a SB-800 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5

Thursday (03-November-2011) — New Jersey

Retirement Planning

I spent the day an Executive Retirement Planning Seminar at the corporate headquarters in Whitehouse Station. My long-term plans had been to work until I was at least 60, and probably 65. After the seminar, I ran the numbers. It was an eye-opening exercise, but it does looks like I can think about retirement earlier where I can spend more time on travel and photography. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesday (28-June-2011) — New Jersey

Ann DeCamp Retirement Celebration.

We had a retirement party for Ann DeCamp today in Rahway. Ann has been a colleague for over 25 years. She will now be able to sepend more time with her family and her photography (Ann De Camp Photography). Best Wishes.

Ann DeCamp Slicing Her Retirement Party Cake. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 800, 14.9 mm, f/3, 1/80 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Topaz DeNoise 5, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Ann DeCamp Slicing Her Retirement Party Cake. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 800, 14.9 mm, f/3, 1/80 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Topaz DeNoise 5, and Photoshop CS5.
Ann DeCamp Retirement Party Cake. Image taken with a Leica X1 camera (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Topaz DeNoise 5, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Ann DeCamp Retirement Party Cake. Image taken with a Leica X1 camera (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Topaz DeNoise 5, and Photoshop CS5.