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  Margot Kruskall | Sue Bezanson

Dr. Margot Kruskall

August 27, 2005

Memories of Margot

The decision to dedicate the 2006 MABB Spring Seminar to Dr. Margot Kruskall needs no explanation. Most of us know her by her life’s work; a tremendous legacy of accomplishment and contribution to the Blood Bank community. Some were more fortunate to know Margot on a personal level, and we have assembled a few of their collected memories to share with everyone.

“I worked with and got to know Dr. Kruskall for five years at BI. The thing that struck me most about Margot was her humility. Someone like Margot, who was an expert in her field and who had achieved so much in her lifetime, never looked down on her staff for asking simple questions. She was always ready to answer in a way that made us feel like we actually knew something. It takes a humble person to come across in that way.” —Margaret Leger, President, MABB

“It’s hard to believe that Margot is no longer here. She was the laboratory – a big part of its direction, philosophy and mission. I’m proud to be part of her legacy. During my travels, I’ve had the privilege to have known and worked with a few famous Blood Bankers. They all possess a similar trait – that certain spark that ignites others to do better. They are able to direct an entire lab towards excellence with their presence. Margot was like that; whether it was running the Transfusion Committee, a seminar at a hotel on the Commons or morning rounds, Margot turned every experience into an opportunity to learn and develop. I’m a better serologist because of her – not because she lectured me, but because I felt compelled to investigate further. Her spirit guides us every day in the choices we make for patients and ourselves. Margot, I was blessed to have known you.” —Monique Mohammed, MS (ASCP), SBB

“I had the privilege of working with Margot for 25 years at Beth Israel; 15 years in adjacent offices. We shared our love of hematology, our work in laboratory medicine, our three tandem pregnancies, and our parenting and life experiences. We spoke nearly every day for 15 years and almost always we would get on to something about our children. Much has already been written about Margot’s accomplishments, but the legacy I think she would want to leave is not what she did, but how she did it. What I would like to share is an example of Margot’s courage ….
'One day as Margot was walking near the hospital, she saw a man collapse on the street. She immediately ran to his aid. He was not breathing, so she gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to restart his breath, probably saving his life. HIV had just been identified and in the ensuing weeks she carried the worry about whether she could have been exposed. This was Margot – courageous, unfaltering and selfless in her help to this anonymous person.'”
Dr. Justine Carr

From the poem "Remember" by Christina Rossetti, 1849

Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

In Memory of Sue Bezanson

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of one of our MABB and former Board of Directors members, Susan Eaves Bezanson, on April 3, 2008. Sue was a very respected, trusted member of the blood bank community. She was well liked and made a deep impression on those of us fortunate to have known her. Her positive attitude, dedication to quality, patient safety and other contributions to Transfusion Medicine will be greatly missed.

Sue obtained her BS in Medical Technology from the University of Vermont. She started her career at Nantucket Cottage Hospital as the Laboratory Manager/Chief Technologist. When she moved back to the mainland, she focused her career in Transfusion Medicine and spent the next several years at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Tufts-New England Medical Center. In 1993 she received her SBB certification from the New England Deaconess Hospital program for Specialists in Blood Banking. She then became supervisor at Burbank Hospital. In 1994, Sue accepted the blood bank supervisor position at the Faulkner Hospital and remained there until her illness forced her into semi-retirement
Sue was a very energetic, highly motivated individual who was never content to do the minimum, whatever the task. After settling into her position at Faulkner, she became an assessor for the American Association for Blood Banks. Whether serving as the sole, lead, or a team assessor, she conducted each assessment with the additional goal of being an educational resource for the hosting facility. She was always willing to help out her fellow assessors as a last-minute addition to a team if the national office was having trouble filling an open slot.

Sue joined the MABB and participated in the educational activities offered. She volunteered to become a member of the Board of Directors and in 2000 became president. She remained an active member of the board until 2005 and a resource to board members through 2007.

Contributions can be made to:

Susan G Komen for the Cure
5005 LBJ Fwy, Ste.250,
Dallas TX 75244

MABB made a donation in Sue's name.