Thirty-four years ago, a self-described shy, insecure kid graduated from Mount Markham Central School.
That Class of 1988 student, ranked third academically in his class, spent four years majoring in biology at Hamilton College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. But Todd Christian confided in the Mt. Markham Class of 2022, he never imagined he would be speaking to them as the newest inductee in the District’s Hall of Fame.
Christian’s professional career led him to technology and medical research and has taken him around the world to advance research and treatment. He has relocated back to the area, working remotely for Agilent Technologies.
Along the way, Christian told the graduates, he learned some important lessons he shared with them.
“Always be you, be true to yourself,’’ he said. “Find your passion. I love what I do because what we do matters.’’
“Anything is possible,’’ Christian said. “Be courageous. Try things you never thought you would,’’ and added a motto from the U.S. Navy Seals, “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.’’
Lastly, Christian told them to surround themselves with good people. “And be a good person to other people,’’ he said.
Christian became the Hall of Fame’s 38th inductee since 1995, when the Hall was established on the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Mount Markham Central School District. He is the third person from the 1980s decade to be inducted.