Larry Dew: 24 Years of Quiet Confidence
Dec 2, 2014 8:00 AMGoodbyes are tough, and saying goodbye to Larry Dew, M.B.A., as he retires this year is particularly bittersweet for me. Larry started working at the University of Utah 24 years ago, originally as the financial manager in the bookstore on main campus. After joining the Health Sciences team in 1984, he quickly worked his way up to Assistant Vice President for Finance. His talent for building relationships, his expertise, and an impeccable work ethic made him an invaluable resource to University of Utah Health Sciences.
Larry has been nicknamed the “in-house historian,” and for good reason. He can tell you about every business deal brokered, complete with detailed documentation of the why’s and how’s. There are few people I know who can sort through copious amounts of financial information with ease while somehow managing to focus on the key issues at hand. His attention to detail and his recall are truly remarkable.
Equally remarkable is his willingness to offer his time and expertise to others. The Health Sciences Financial team says he is the gold standard to which all current and future employees should aspire. He was first in the office in the morning and often the last to leave at night. We joke in the office that after his retirement, we will find ourselves standing in the hallway without Larry to let us in.
Larry led by example in other ways too, promoting through his deeds and words a culture of responsible resource management. He was tough on unjustifiable expenses, and he has helped us create a system ready to tackle the big problems in health care.
I am grateful for the time I have had to work alongside such a dedicated and conscientious colleague. We all agree that he will be dearly missed, and we very much welcome and encourage social visits! Thanks for everything, Larry, and cheers to a happy retirement!comments powered by Disqus