Longtime physician Dr. Robert Kellard said goodbye to the Danvers Board of Health after twelve years of service Thursday night.
Danvers Health Director Peter Mirandi and the board presented Kellard with a plaque, which read 'In appreciation for his many years of devoted service, medical knowledge and wisdom'.
"Doctor Kellard is a great guy and has been a really valuable Board of Health member, not only for his medical knowledge but the wisdom he shared from his worldly experiences," Mirandi said.
Kellard, who started out in private practice, was also a combat surgeon, and ER director at the Hunt Hospital.
Fellow board member Edmund Kowalski, R. Ph., told Kellard he'd be a 'tough act to follow,' noting that the town appreciates his service.
Danvers RN Martha Swindell said she'll fondly remember working with Kellard, both on the board and at Hunt Hospital.
"It's been a privilege and honor to serve with you," she said. "I've learned a lot from you."
Kellard's term on the Board of Health expires at the start of 2013.