On May 9th, Joslin Diabetes Center’s Evening at Pops will celebrate its 29th anniversary. First established in 1985 by dedicated parents and patients to celebrate an organization that has been instrumental in their lives, the annual event, held at Symphony Hall, includes a pre-concert reception with delectable food and entertainment, followed by a spectacular celebration as Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops celebrate The Very Best of POPS.
Like the Pops performance, the people who make these events possible are truly amazing. This year, in memoriam, Joslin will honor Jean and Frank Ring and celebrate their support of Joslin Diabetes Center. In addition, during the reception there will be a 50-Year Medalist presentation for Laurie Bejoian.
Frank Ring, nicknamed “Mr.Pops” by Joslin committee members, was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1926. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12.
He is described by his son, David, as both a man who liked to make things happen, and a man who went after what he wanted. Frank’s sense of independence and desire to stay active were two of the reasons why he chose to start his own business, Applied Plastics, which is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary. Frank knew the importance of staying active in controlling diabetes, David explains, which was why he never retired.