First, on January 7th, 2013, Brian presented and defended his dissertation. At about 10am, Brian's parents, my mother, and myself joined his lab-mates and other miscellaneous students and faculty in Pearson Hall room 304 (and via tel-conference to the Lewes campus) to hear Brian present his work on green sulfur phototrophic bacteria. His adviser introduced Brian commenting on how he is an unassuming and quiet worker, advising him to speak softly and carry a big
|With the woman who helped him perfect many science fair projects and helped him study for Math Counts competitions.|
|And with the one who financially supported his family so he could study/research/learn.|
We then celebrated lunch at a newer favorite on Main Street, Catherine Rooneys.
I had to make a quick exit to head up to my school to conduct a math league competition that was unfortunately scheduled for the same day, but Brian and his parents enjoyed taking Theo to the park near his work and spending some time together.
In the evening, we headed to Brian's advisor's house, for the traditional Ph.D. party that they host in honor of successful defenses. I made both my double-blueberry and crumb-topped-apple pies (even though they were out of season-as this was a special occassion), and we enjoyed toasting the new doctor (and introducing Theo to the idea of a "fancy glass").
It was definitely a day that I'd been waiting upon for a long time, and I was lucky to watch my husband fulfill his educational goal, even if it took a tad longer than we'd of liked. When I met him in December of 2000, he already knew he wanted a Ph.D., he just had no clear idea what he wanted it in. What a surprise to us both that he ended up finishing it 13 years later in marine studies.