A well-earned send-off for Peter Strock

Dona Herrmann, Sue Mill, Lee Dumont, Dr. Strock and his wife, Saralea, Jennifer Herrick. Back row, from left: Helen Fischback, Mary Rapoza, Maggie Noonan, Mary Thurston, Ebony Goldwire
Staff who had worked in the dental office over the past three decades turned out to honor their former boss. Front row, from left: Dona Herrmann, Sue Mill, Lee Dumont, Dr. Strock and his wife, Saralea, Jennifer Herrick. Back row, from left: Helen Fischback, Mary Rapoza, Maggie Noonan, Mary Thurston, Ebony Goldwire. Photo by Susan Safford

By Pat Waring - May 31, 2007

No one was looking down in the mouth, least of all Dr. Peter Strock, who was feted by family, friends, and former staff at a retirement party last Friday evening. The Rod and Gun Club in Edgartown was the perfect setting for the informal chicken barbeque in honor of the popular Vineyard Haven dentist who closed his Main Street office this winter after practicing there for 35 years.

Dr. Strock greeted several dozen guests, many of whom were longtime patients at the practice he took over after the death of his father, Dr. Moses Strock, who had treated several of the party guests. Tim Maley reminisced that he had received dental care in the office for 40 years, from Peter Strock and from his father and his uncle Alvin before that.

Also on hand for the event was his wife Saralea, son Richard and his wife, Janice; and daughter Rebecca, her husband Dan Latimore, and children Claire and Madeline.

Although Dr. Strock joked with well-wishers that he would deliver a lengthy speech, he offered only a few brief but sincere words of appreciation, first of all acknowledging his father who had founded the dental practice in the mid-1950s.

"If he could be here and see this moment and know it is his doing he'd be very pleased, and I am very pleased that you stuck with me," he said, and got a round of affectionate applause before carving into a big cake with the message, "Happy Retirement Dr. Strock."

As the sun set and the evening wound down, deejay Jay Araujo turned the music up a notch, inspiring staff and family members to dance as clean-up began and Dr. Strock chatted with reluctantly departing guests.