Dr Mulligan and his Top Billing Presenter (NTUTS). Dr Mulligan was so excited when I entered the auditions he actually said: "I HAVE NEVER HAD ANYONE OR SEEN ANYONE I KNOW ON TV "
50C AND MISS Q, AT THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 2008
This picture reminds me of you, Dr M. When I started working for Pathcare, my family and friends wouldn't believe me when I told them you were my boss, as whenever I pointed you out to them or when I saw you at the lab on a sunday you were always barefoot, short pants and a surfer top. My next memory of you........."GOOGLE"..............to this day whenever someone asks me a question, your words ring loudly in my head "Did you google it?" - so this has become by reply to them now and always. And lastly, Dr M you have taught me that anything and everything IS possible with computers and technology regardless of what CPT lab may say. Pathcare will not be the same without you but I wish you all the best!
For me is to just thank Dr M for all the 10 years that he made me a better person. I learnt a lot from him from a Nonmedical background to be able to understand all the terms and reason. From the fear of touching histo samples and to be able to check them. The first time I went to his window to ask him: He said: What now? So I used to go to him now and say: I know, I know I know
I`ve worked with a few pathologists in my 22 years of working in a lab, and Dr Mulligan you were one of the best. Now I would like to explain way. ∙ Always the same every day, friendly, helpful and modest. You say you are grumpy, but I now it`s not true. ∙ You showed me a whole new world on the Internet and Google. (Vrystaat menseWAS maar stupid met dit) ∙ Also guiding me in thinking logically and outside the box. For instance when I asked you what the word hemicolectomy means. I got the answer without you telling me, just guiding me in a logic direction. ∙ Thank you for always being so appreciative and thankful for everything I did. You will never realize how much that meant to me. ∙ I also realized to my embarrassment that you always see what we do on the computer. For instance when I did the safety test 3 times with results 92%, 92% and 100%. You calling me an overachiever for trying till I got 100%. Enjoy retirement, you deserve it. Stay away from sharks and relax. East London lab will most definitely not be the same without you. Alles van die beste vir die toekoms.
Dear Dr M I could make up a dictionary with all the words that spring to mind when I think of you. Kind, gentle, thoughtful, and helpful to name just a few, but the top two would be encouraging and ethical. I will always remember you for the encouragement you were always ready to give and for the ethical way you always behaved. I have never heard you say a bad word about another person, and I try to live by your example. I will miss you very much Dr M, but I sincerely hope that you will have a very long and very happy future with your family. All my love
OVER THE YEARS I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GO TO DR M WITH QUERIES AND HE IS ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP AND EXPLAIN THINGS. AT STAFF PARTIES IF HE IS DANCING HE ALWAYS ENJOYS HIMSELF AND I LOVE WATCHING HIM DANCE AS HE IS ALWAYS SO ENERGETIC.
I WILL NEVER FORGET THE DAY I ONCE SAID IT WAS GOING TO RAIN THE NEXT DAY. HE WANTED TO KNOW HOW I KNEW AND TOLD HIM MY FINGER WAS SORE. MARILYN BACKED ME UP. HE CAME IN THE NEXT MORNING AND SAID HE HAD TOLD PAT AND COULD NOT BELIEVE IT WAS RAINING IN THE MORNING. HE ALWAYS SEEMED TO THINK I WAS A MINE OF INFORMATION AND WOULD ALWAYS SAY “ASK JEAN’.
Dear Dr Mulligan, I miss, and will continue to miss, our intellectual and highly technical discussions( well,on your part anyway!) that we used to have over cutup.My knowledge of what is happening in technology field has sadly deteriorated! I wish you a happy and stress free retirement. May your " to do" list at home get shorter,may the waves at Jefferies stay as big as ever and may your family and grandchild(ren) continue to bring you much happiness. Remember now...don't be a grumpy grampy...Jokes! Fondest regards Marilyn
Hello One thing that I will always remember about Dr.Mulligan is his unending energy. At the end of "year parties", he will be the first to dance and the last to leave the dance floor. The one dance move I will never forget was when he got down on his stomach and he danced like he was swimming the "butterfly". I admire your intelligence and versatility ie. Pathologist, IT expert and surfer. Wow !!!! Dr.Mulligan, you're one of a kind, enjoy your retirement to the full. Regards
Lusanda Ndzondo (Sompunzi)
Dear Dr Mulligan It was a great pleasure working with you over the years. Thanks for always being there to assist whenever you were asked for help and direction. All the best with your retirement and enjoy it God bless Robert.
Robert Frauenstein Dear Dr M Thank you for the years of learning I've gained from you, we could never replace you. Although a bit grumpy in your OLD age :) (just joking) you were part of the reason I was inspired to come to work every day, the reason for my focus on our patients, the passion I have for my job, the need to use spell check & my motivation stay clear of telkom !!! Enjoy your retirement from Pathcare, may you have a wonderful journey with the next phase of your life. Don't be a stranger. God bless. Maria
If there is one thing I have learnt from Dr M is that whenever you ask him a question he would say "what do you think is the answer" and if you don't have one, he would say "let's google it". In that way I have learnt not to just give up and say I don't know the answer but to search till I find the answer, and empower myself by gaining knowledge on things I am not aware of.
And this is how he always ends his emails. "Great Thanks" I would then say to you Dr M "Great Thanks" for all the Histology Cut Up Training and for always challenging my mind to produce the most exceptional work all the time. May you continue to inspire others wherever you are as much as you have inspired me. Nwabisa
Hi Dr M can't imagine the lab without you !! it feels like you've just always been around - deur dik en dun, letterlik en figuurlik - as some of the photos show. teatime and end-of-year functions will never be the same again you've played such a significant role in my life - you made me think for myself, you taught me that it's ok to question things ( much to CT's disgust ! ), made me believe in my own capabilities - and for that I cannot thank you enough ! I've always valued your opinions and have the utmost respect for you as a person as well as a Pathologist. I enjoyed working with you tremendously - some days more than others 'cause yes you
can be a grumpy old man some days :-) - you will always be the Bone Marrow KING many fond memories - much fun, laughter and tears - I was rather nervous of you the day I met you for my interview, then my first day at the lab you walked into the tearoom and started chatting to everyone - I was so nervous and kept on waiting for you to leave so that I could have my coffee but that didn't happen - totally new experience for me ! I fell off my chair behind the microscope as you were talking to me - one of many embarassing moments ! , snot en trane for days 'cause my cat was injured as I could carry on... all the best for a great retirement. geniet elke oomblik !! Desiree
Dear Dr M May the Lord Bless you in your retirement and in whatever other venture you may undertake. Thank you for all the help you’ve given us regarding cellphones and pc’s! Go Well Regards Beulah Beulah Esterhuizen Dear Dr M ( aka Dr Techno ) The name above is attributed to two things that will no doubt remain a memory for me during your and my working career here in the East London lab. ( Okay okay..........and the eclairs! ) The first ( and obvious ) one is the passion you have for new technology. I will miss the updates and chats in the tearoom regarding this but I'm sure you won't miss the ignorant look on my face when you ask me about an update ( that I should clearly know about ), but don't. I do feel that you have, in your own personal capacity, given our lab a huge advantage with regard to technological advances, no matter how big or small and have no doubt made our daily operations much simpler ( and more environmentally friendly ). The second is your stamina on the dance floor at the various staff functions over the past few years. ( and without even as much as a drop of wine! ). I take my hat off to you. I am very sure that there is no single Pathologist within Pathcare who can dance like you, not to mention dressed in some of the crazy outfits that you have graced us with over the years at the Christmas parties. And then there's the eclairs.........and fighting with CT..........and fighting with FNB and their website............
These are a few things that will remain in memory long after you leave. Don't worry, CT will come right ;) All the best for your new endeavours and challenges. I'm sure you are going to have a whale of a time. Regards, Grant Grant Sadler
Dear Dr Mulligan I am going to miss the conversations in the tearoom, the discussions that got everyone involved, the questions that piqued our interest and got us researching information on the internet. I wish you were'nt leaving, there is going to be a big hole in the lab that nobody will be able to fill and nobody to ask quirky questions to get my brain going. See you on the beach!!! Love Cecily
DR M...............WHERE DO WE BEGIN?...WELL....I CAN CERTAINLY SAY THE TEA ROOM WILL NOT BE FILLED WITH THE INNOVATIVE IDEAS WHICH YOU LIKED TO SHARE, THERE WILL ALSO BE AN ABSENCE OF YOUR TALL STRUCTURE STANDING THERE AS YOU ENJOYED YOUR COFFEE, AND MOST OF ALL THE COMPANY WILL MISS THE PRESENCE OF A FOUNDERS GRAND SON. IT FEELS AS THOUGH YOU CUT YOUR STAY TOO SHORT, BUT THEN AGAIN MAYBE I JOINED THE COMPANY PARTLY TOO LATE....EITHER WAY, WE HOPE YOU WILL VISIT OFTEN, YOU OWE US THAT MUCH...DO ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT DOC....YOU HAVE DONE GREAT DEEDS IN YOUR TIME....YOU LEAVE BEHIND BIG SHOES TO FILL...(FIGURATIVELY AND LITERALLY) SIVIWE MBAMBO
Dear Dr M Our hearts skipped a beat when you announced your resignation. It has slowly sunk in and I all wish you all the best in your new role. You have redefined the way "bosses" are usually perceived in corporate culture. You have replaced the words fear and power with encouragement and respect. Bosses like you are one in a million. I know that you are going to spread smiles and light up lives wherever you go. Thank you for all your help around the lab from fixing phones, to educating us on the latest technology, to the tea time chats, to code academy to the crazy casual days and of course being an awesome Dr to work with. You will be missed
" You'll be deeply missed...Your passion and humor in all things debatable & Technological, will leave us bored, uninspirational and lost. "Now who will fix the Helpdesk phone for us?!" Our go to guy or Doctor 101! It is truly a pleasure and
honor knowing you, thanks for being you. However as young as I am, I envy you on your longer beach walks or maybe permanent stay there. Happy for you...sad for us (me). :p
We will miss you. A man that always shown respect for other people, always the same person everyday no matter what problems you had. Good luck for the future Dr M and May the Lord be with you and your family always. Good Bye to the Best Dockter I Ever Had! Denver Denver Du Preez
We were still looking forward to be with you. But it is very difficult to find out what is inside one’s mind. Thank you for your time with us and wishing you well for the future. Raymond Raymond Ntushelo