Lavinia Powell Smith, a longtime Hopkins Hospital
employee, returned for a gala celebration on Feb.
15—her 100th birthday. Miss Lavinia worked at
the hospital from 1948 to 1972, mostly in Central
Stores (now Central Sterile Processing). Surrounded
by 100 guests in the Houck Lobby of Phipps, she was
showered with tributes from hospital administrators,
family, friends and former colleagues. The event,
said organizer Sandy Johnson of HR illustrates the
power of relationships formed during a 24-year Hopkins
career. Miss Lavinia lives with her 64-year-old daughter
in Abington, Md., where she works crosswords and plays
computer games. "Talk about a sharp mind,"
said Jerome Gilliam, a 41-year Central Sterile employee.
"Miss Lavinia is truly blessed."