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Retiring Staff Members Honored April 23

Story posted April 29, 2002

At a gathering in the Cram Alumni House Barn Tuesday, April 23, Bowdoin College honored those staff members who recently retired from the College or will be doing so soon. President Barry Mills acknowledged each of the retirees for their years of dedicated, loyal, and valuable service to the College.

Bob Bussell, telecommunications manager, will retire June 30 after 15 years at Bowdoin. Bob was hired in 1986 as a telecommunications technician, became telecommunications manager in 1993, and in 2001 became technology project manager. Bob has taken on numerous telecommunications installations and services during the past decade's building boom at the College, all the while continuing to meet the daily service demands of the campus community. His "bargain hunting" skills have ensured great telecommunications and cable rates for the College. On campus and beyond Bob has come to be well known for his skills on the basketball court, his love of the Maine outdoors, his knack for finding used trucks, and his famous fish chowder and southern-style chili.

Recent retiree Mary Jo Maguire, alumni relations secretary, worked nearly 17 years at the College, retiring last September. She was hired in 1984 as a secretary in the library, and moved to alumni relations in 1985. In 1999, she was the recipient of Bowdoin's Employee Excellence Award. She is well known for her personal initiative in the face of odd, quirky inquiries, which often found her heading for attics and basements to find long-forgotten yearbooks. As the primary contact for thousands of alumni, she was described as the "face of Bowdoin College." She helped 11 directors and acting directors over the years, and is lauded by all for her professionalism, dedication, grace and charm.

David Roberts, teaching associate in physics and astronomy, retired December 31 after 18 years at the College. A member of Bowdoin's class of 1962, David was hired that same year as an assistant technician, and was designated a teaching fellow in 1963. He left Brunswick to earn his Ph.D. in astronomy from Case Western Reserve University, but returned to Bowdoin in 1983 as a teaching associate. He contributed to continual improvements of lab experiments, and wrote software to streamline and improve feedback. He donated an extensive collection of nature slides to the College, which continues to help Bowdoin botany students in their studies.

Pat Snow, bookstore office supervisor, came to Bowdoin as an accounts payable clerk in 1983, and will retire April 30 after 19 years at the College. A recipient of the 1995 employee Excellence Award, she was promoted to her current position in 1998. She is well known for her work ethic - dependable, tireless, diligent, organized and honest. Her institutional memory has aided the Bookstore through many transitions. Called a "life-lover," Pat enjoys good food, music, family and friends. She is an avid pianist, and even keeps a piano at her summer home on Birch Island (she would come to work by dinghy in any sort of weather during her stays there). Pat's two children and husband are all Bowdoin graduates, making her a friend to many alumni.

Bryce Rollins, facilities equipment operator, will retire May 1 after 21 years at Bowdoin. Bryce was hired as a security officer in 1980, transferred to groundskeeping in 1984, and was promoted to his current position in 1992. He is the only official heavy equipment operator on campus, and is the person called for the biggest and heaviest jobs. One of his duties is to clear snow from the loading docks using a JCB tractor - the "Just Call Bryce" tractor, according to the facilities crew. Known for being dedicated and giving more than 100%, Bryce was often on campus holidays and weekends. A fan of camping at Two Lakes in Oxford, Friday night pizza dinners, and challenging crossword puzzles, Bryce might just be back to help with snow removal next winter.

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