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When Jack Little moved into his second-floor lab space of the brand-new Building I at the Harvard School of Public Health as a post-doctoral fellow back in August 1962, he took to it immediately. "I rather liked it there," the James Stevens Simmons Professor of Radiobiology, Emeritus, recalls. "The door was always open, and students and fellows could walk right on in." So Little decided to stay put. More than four decades would pass before he'd move again (this past April, to make way for floor-wide renovations). "I spent more than half my lifetime there and more than half the lifetime of the School," he muses.

The potential emotional impact of the move was tempered by a bigger problem: "The hard part was deciding what to do with all that stuff!" Little exclaims. Piles upon piles of papers; scientific instruments from the 1920s onward (see left); animal cages, feeders, and water bottles; photographs and children's creations from holidays past--all the charming detritus of a self-proclaimed "accumulator." Luckily, he's had help. The Countway Library will lovingly catalog more than 50 boxes of his personal correspondence and papers. The lab devices--both the antique and Little's own inventions--will go to the Historical Instruments Museum in Cambridge. And businessman Gerald Chan, a former student with an interest in Art Deco, has even offered to take all the salmon pink furnishings off Little's hands.

With the advising of 42 doctoral students under his belt, not to mention all those previously enrolled in his staple Radiation Biology course, Little has become something of a historical institution himself. The phone rings off the hook with calls from former students, and people are always dropping by to see him. "But now they can’t find me!" Little laughs. Well, just in case you’re looking, he's now in Building I, Room 505.

Alexandra Molloy

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