23rd Annual MLK Celebration Leadership Award Recipient: Myra Rodrigues

Myra Rodrigues

MIT community advisor

23rd Annual MLK Leadership Award

Myra Rodrigues worked at MIT for 25 years before retiring in July [1996]. She provided a range of social work services for the entire MIT community and was the co-leader of separate discussion groups for male and female minority students.

"Never have I known a person whose life-her everyday conduct-so exemplified the principles and values that one associates with Dr. King," wrote Ron Fleming, chief of social work services, in nominating Ms. Rodrigues for the award. [MIT News, 15 Jan 1997]

"It should be mentioned that the loss to the Service of Myra Rodrigues and Jackie Buck to the early retirement program leaves an enormous void, for these two individuals have served the Institute for a total of 56 years. Both have been especially sensitive to the needs of families, student families, foreign students, and their families, minority students and staff, as well as other members of the community. Their loss will be deeply felt by many within the Department and throughout the MIT community." [MIT Medical Department Report to the President, 1995-96]