Friday, April 1, 2011

Share Your Memories About Dr. Littlejohn

We invite you to share your fond memories of Dr. Littlejohn. 

20 comments :

  1. I will always be grateful to Dr. Littlejohn for creating PMG. If he had not, then I would never have found my true calling or been as happy in my career as I am now.I respected Dr. Littlejohn a great deal. No matter how much time he had to spend when he came to Fairbrook, he never failed to find time to speak to me and inquire about my health. He will be missed a great deal.

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  2. Valerie Gosnell, M.P.H., CCRAApril 1, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Dr. Littlejohn was the finest, most caring and compassionate physician I have ever had the priviledge of knowing in my 15 years of research. He was always respectful of his staff, his patients, and those of us who worked with him as "visitors" to the sites. His gentle good nature, kindness, and compassion made him a role model of the very best kind.

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  3. I had the opportunity and disctinct honor of working with Dr. Littlejohn for 5 years when I worked at the Winston office. He was a great teacher! I learned so much from him in that time. He was always approachable. You could walk into his office with a question or concern and he would stop whatever he was doing and give you his undivided attention. I went to him for advice many times and he always gave the best. I don't believe I ever heard him raise his voice. He had a great sense of humor. Many of the coordinators at the Winston office would play jokes on him and he always laughed right along with us. Patients came back again and again to work in studies with him because they loved him so much. He had a wonderful rapport with patients and took such good care of them. After moving to the Wilmington office, I still went to him for advice. I will always have the greatest respect and admiration for Dr. Littlejohn. I know he will be missed by many. Shelly Schulte

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  4. I only had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Littlejohn a few times. The first time I met him was at our Appreciation dinner at Zebra. I had only been working with PMG of Charlotte for a few months and there was only one seat left for Dr. Littlejohn to sit at and of course that seat was right next to me. I was nervous at first to be sitting next to the president of our company. But it couldn’t have made for a more pleasant of dinner. Dr. Littlejohn was so personable and kind. Dr. Littlejohn also remembered my family from 31 years ago when he delivered my older sister. I believe that should be a testament in itself that Dr. Littlejohn truly cared about everyone that he came in contact with. Although we had few encounters, he will be greatly missed and forever remembered as a genuinely good person.

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  5. I have worked with Dr. Littlejohn a long time, 21 years. There are many great memories over the years! I will never forget working with him on infection studies back in the 90's. He would call you from his practice and you would drive the short trip (.5 miles round trip I recall)to see any patient that wanted to participate in a bronchitis, pneumonia or skin infection study. Just as he expected you to come when he called, he was always there when you called him. He saw research participants before 8, at lunch, and after 4 in between seeing patients at the practice. He worked really hard and never seemed flustered by the back and forth trips between the practice & the research site. However, I did have problems with this back & forth & even resorted to tears one day when I had trouble getting anything accomplished due to the unexpected nature of the patient visits. Dr. Littlejohn was calm, professional & patient. He listened to the same talks about GCP & the same talks about chemical compounds & always listened attentively and politely. I however was not so patient. Dr. Littlejohn worked with many demanding individuals, individuals who felt that what they were doing was more important than what anyone else was doing (this includes me)& he never seemed unhappy or upset & always made time to do what needed to be done. He completed any physical, visited any monitor, helped answer any feasibility, gave an opinion when asked & signed any numerous amount of labs, queries or other research documents with a thoughtfulness that would be hard for anyone to match. He was also always available for questions about research or medical conditions & he answered the questions in a knowledgeable & thoughtful way. Dr. Littlejohn was passionate about clinical research but even more so his family! He always made time for family & made work fit in somehow. I have learned alot from Dr. Littlejohn over the years & I hope I can be more like him: well balanced, calm, professional, knowledgeable, caring & spending time doing things he really cared about! Susan Donahue

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  6. I had the privilege of working with Dr. Littlejohn for 14 years. One of the many things that always impressed me about him was his genuine care for his patients, and the relationships that he formed with them. He was truly loved by his patients. Even more impressive to me was his clear love and devotion to his family. In recent years, I have sat in close proximity to his office and sometimes heard him talking to his mother, wife or children. It was very clear that he loved them dearly and was so proud of them. It was touching to me that this great man, who was president of our company, was also such a loving son, husband and father. For that reason, among many others, he was a great man and he will be missed by many people. Emily Lemons

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  7. When I joined the PMG family, I had a pleasure of meeting Dr. Littlejohn in a kick-off meeting in 2010 for the first time. He was tall, intellectual, and intimidating in some ways. However, after meeting Dr. Littlejohn for the second time when he came to Salisbury to celebrate Appreciation Month in 2010, I realized that Dr. Littlejohn was caring, loving, self-giving, tender, and, most of all, he was passionate about his people. I do not or did not know Dr. Littlejohn as much as most of people in PMG family; however, I do know that he was a great loss to everyone here. I will honor his legacy and will always remember him for what and whom he stood for. Thank you, Dr. Littlejohn, for changing so many peoples’ lives!

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  9. I have worked with PMG for about 14 years, and I remember the first time I met Dr. Littlejohn. He was so welcoming and incredibly kind. Very early on he gave me a sense that I had truly found a special place at PMG to call my "work home" away from home. He was the DOC (the PI, which I quickly found out meant Principal Investigator in research language). I also found out that he was responsible for the conduct of each research study and for keeping all of the gracious people who volunteered for a clinical trial safe. A responsibility he accepted with such dedication.

    He had a wonderful smile, infectious laugh, and taught me and so many how to truly care about and care for others. He had a natural ability to make others feel at ease. It was him, and who he was. He was born to be a doctor, a leader, and a mentor, just like his father before him. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity to know him, learn from him about clinical research, and train/develop my own passion for the work we do every day. Work worth doing. I am so thankful he, Jennifer, Charles, and Susan took a chance on a not so scratch golfer/dietitian from Fargo, ND. We will miss you here at PMG, Dr. Littlejohn, you are a true Medical Hero to us.

    Kathy Cole- Strategic Relationship Manager with PMG Research

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  10. You can not have known Dr. Littlejohn without knowing his compassion and the wonderful man he was. I remember just this past Christmas party where he talked to us all about no matter how big we were~ we were still a family. He talked about the past year of tragedies within our companie's personal lives and how we were able to come through together. He let us know we were part of his family. Now we morn for the father of our family. We love you Dr. Littlejohn. You will forever be in our hearts as you have touched us all. It is an honor to say I worked and stood beside you.

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  11. The world has suffered a great loss. I feel honored to have had the chance to work with Dr. Littlejohn, if only for a short while. Without a shadow of a doubt, I am a better person for having known him.

    My heart goes out to his family as well as his PMG family. May you all find peace during this very difficult time.

    Julie Whitlow

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  12. I first met Dr. Littlejohn almost 9 years ago when I started working at PMG Research of Winston Salem (then Piedmont Medical Research) as a study coordinator. I was right out of college, and new to the clinical research industry. I remember making a mistake on my very first study that ultimately reflected on him as the PI. I don't remember much about what I did wrong, but I do remember that Dr. Littlejohn chose to use my mistake not as a time to take disciplinary action, but as a teaching moment. That was the first time that I experienced first hand how patient and understanding Dr. Littlejohn was, but it was not the last. He was both a great leader, and a great mentor who saw the best in people, and stood behind his employees. He always took the opportunities to give positive reinforcement and recognition for good work, and I learned from him how powerful that can be as a management tool.

    Dr. Littlejohn valued the ideas and opinions of his employees, and he helped to foster an environment within PMG where people feel like they matter and like their input is important. I was with him in Wilmington on Wednesday, and I got a chance to tell him that one of the things that I love most about working for PMG is that I know I am not "just a number". He was a wonderful physician, a devoted family man, and a visionary leader in the clinical research industry, and I know that I am better for having known him, worked with him, and learned from him. He will be missed on so many levels and in ways that cannot be put into words.

    Jennifer Kranz, Manager of Clinical Operations
    PMG Research of Cary

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  13. I worked at PMG for awhile, and I absolutely loved Dr. Littlejohn. His door was always open and he was so down to earth. Not ike was above everyone because he was a doctor. I will miss him very much

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  14. Thank you Dr. Littlejohn for giving me the opportunity to work with such an incredible company. My family and I will never forget the care and support that we received from our PMG family when my daughter was injured in a wreck. I am blessed to have known and worked with him. He will truly be missed by us all

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  15. I have worked with Dr. Littlejohn over the past 15 years. I have never once had a conversation with him that he did not ask about my family. He had a way of letting you know how special you were to him and that he cared. He could just walk in a room and people would stop and listen to him. He made you want to strive for perfection each day. I know our PMG family will pull together and work hard each day to carry on his legacy for progress, integrity and excellence in the research industry. Tonya Ward-Kiser

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  16. When I started working with this company -then PRA - Piedmont Research Associates - Dr. Littlejohn had just began working with us as a PI on the Merck Lovastatin study. Over my 23 1/2 years of working at PMG and with Littlejohn, I can honestly say he never once was harsh with me, hurt my feelings or ever said an unkind word to me. This is saying alot considering how sometimes we can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our everyday duties and stressful situations. I could go on and on as to all of the good things about this man - he was truly one of a kind. He has had such a positive influence on myself and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him as a boss, colleague and personally.

    I have chosen to list some of my fond memories of him which many of you are probably aware of as well. He was a huge Tarheel fan and I don't think he ever missed a Final Four in which the Heels played in as long as I have known him. Only problem I had with him in this regard was he had a bad habit of turning off the TV or leaving the room if they were losing and not supporting them until the end. He hated Duke - one of his last conversations with me was after they lost in the tournament this year - he was so happy. He stopped by desk estactic they had gotten beat by Arizona and I told him he better not laugh because the Heels had to play and he said "I don't care I hate Duke - wasn't that great?" and he was laughing so hard - then he said "Where is Sandy West (Duke fan) - had to go rub it in. That infectious laugh of his - the one when he was very tickled over something that was funny that had happened or a good joke - oh how I am going to miss that laugh. His half filled coffee cups - they were always everywhere, on my desk, on the ledge, in the mail room, on the kitchen counter, in the lab, on his desk, on everyone's desk -we always knew they were his - loved his coffee. The trips to Goody's where he would bring us Sausage biscuts for breakfast. Trips to Goodys to get him his favoriate breakfast sandwich bacon & egg on toast with lettuce and tomato - will never forget this. The appearance in his Halloween costumes the year he came in the office in his trench coat, mask and glasses - it was hilarious. Pens - always losing his and taking yours. If your pen disappeared it was good chance TWL had it.

    So many memories over the years - too numerous to list them all. The image he left with all of us will continue to live inside of our hearts forever. He would have been so proud to know how the industry and PMG family have pulled together during this tragic loss. Annette Wood - PMG-WS

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  17. Linda S. Norton, formerly with Forest LabsApril 6, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    I worked with Dr. Littlejohn and the PMG staff for many years as a site monitor, and Dr. Littlejohn was always kind and available for any questions I had. He was always my favorite investigator and I so enjoyed my visits and time there. The patients loved him and he cared for them each individually. He will be missed terribly by those who knew and loved him, and my prayers are with all of the PMG staff and Dr. Littlejohn's family as they mourn his loss. I am so blessed to have known him.

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  18. Well, I started my journey in 1994 at Piedmont Medical. I can remember my 1st day and how I was greeted by the great smile of Dr. Littlejohn. A few weeks went by and I wanted to learn everything in a day.Dr. Littlejohn helped me settle down by communicating to me it would take some time. Over the years, he always took time to have conversations about our families, work and basketball. This was usually done while eating Annette's brownies. The random acts of kindness will never be forgotten and I'm a better person for being associated with our Dr. Littlejohn.

    Sandy W. West
    Piedmont Medical Research
    Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

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  19. Dr. Littlejohn was a very special person and I'm honored to have had the opportunity to work with him and learn from him. His legacy is woven into the fabric of the PMG family- whether its his legacy of excellent patient care, his belief in the good of clinical research participation, his great ideas and innovative thoughts, his passion and love for his life's work, among the many other wonderful talents he possessed. He will be missed and my thoughts and prayers are with the Littlejohn family.

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  20. Even though it has been over a month since the passing of this great man, I still think of him often. Dr Littlejohn hired me right out of school. I was his patient and during one of my visits, I mentioned I was in medical assisting school. He said he was always looking for good people to work in the research center. Even though I haven't seen Dr Littlejohn in several years, I fondly, look back on the years I was with Piedmont Medical. I found my niche' and have been in research since. I always wished he would open a branch in South Florida! In reading the posts above, I am not alone in knowing Dr. Littlejohn was fine man. When I meet a monitor, I always ask if they have ever worked with Dr. Littlejohn; quite frequently the answer was yes. Clearly the good die way too young! My thoughts and prayers go to the family of Dr. Littlejohn and the employees of PMG.
    Teresa Mason, CMC, CCRC
    Pines Clinical Research, Inc.
    Pembroke Pines, FL

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