URI to honor retirees with at least 40 years of service

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University to induct 79 members in Lifetime Service Society June 10


KINGSTON, R.I. – May 30, 2013 – It started as an idea that came out of URI President David M. Dooley’s campus community meeting in 2011.


Cynthia Faria, a coordinator in the office of Property and Support Services, sent the president an email through now retired Vice President of Advancement Robert Beagle, suggesting the University have a formal program for recognizing long-term employees.


Three years later that idea has become a reality, as 90 retirees with 40 or more years of service to URI will be inducted into the Lifetime Service Society Monday, June 10 at 10 a.m. outside the Robert L. Carothers Library and Learning Commons.


During the function on the library patio, the retirees will be presented with a framed plaque. Commemorative bricks inscribed with their names and number of years will be installed in the patio. The bricks will eventually be moved to a section of Main Street, a project involving extension of the Dieter Hammerschlag Mall, which now extends from the library to the Multicultural Center. The recognition program is free and open to the public.


As employees retire from URI with 40 or more years, they will be able to sign a form allowing their name to be inscribed on a brick, and placed on the campus. Each June there will be a ceremony for those retirees and their families. Also, future nominations may be made through the URI’s Human Resources Office.


“This may have been my big idea, but our committee made it bigger and better,” Faria said. “Everyone on the committee has worked long and hard to make this a special honor for faculty and staff who have given so much to the University.”


“One characteristic of an outstanding organization is its commitment to people,” Beagle said. “The Lifetime Service Society is an important reflection of URI, as it says that the University respects and appreciates employees who have devoted their careers to it. The bricks will be a forever visible reminder of this.”


The committee, which met for the first time in September 2011, decided to limit recognition to those who served 40 years at URI, not at any other state agency. Members agreed that 40 years represented a “lifetime of service. ”The group held its first meeting with Dooley in June 2012.


“We are inviting all living retirees and relatives of those who have passed away to participate in the ceremonies,” Faria said.


Committee member Laura Kenerson, director of personnel services, was charged with contacting the retirees or their families.


“I received several letters and comments back expressing great appreciation for being honored in this way,” Kenerson said. “You never know how meaningful gestures like the Lifetime Service Society can be to people with whom we have worked for so many years. Our honorees have heartfelt feelings for URI, and it is wonderful that the University is able to recognize these individuals.”


In addition to Faria and Kenerson, the committee members are: Bob Beagle, chair, Katherine Faella, senior technology programmer; Michael Rice, professor of fisheries, animals and veterinary science; Sarina Rodrigues, associate library professor; Diane Soule, university architect, Jerome Sidio, director of facilities services and Sheleen Clarke, director of Lands and Grounds.


The honorees are:


George Adams (posthumous)

Sona Aronian, Kingston

Nadine L. Baer, Clinton, Mass.

John Barlow (posthumous)

Stanley M. Barnett, Wakefield

Shirley H. Barney, West Kingston

Allan Berman (posthumous)

Henry B. Biller, Warwick

Frank H. Bills (posthumous)


Christopher W. Brown, Saunderstown

Harold Browning (posthumous)

Howland Burdick (posthumous)

J. Allan Cain, Kingston

Viola B. Card, Wakefield

Everett P. Christopher (posthumous)


Dorothy E. Clare, Warwick

William Croasdale, Kingston

Jeannette E. Crooker (posthumous)

Frank J. DeLuise, Wakefield

Dorothy F. Donnelly, Providence

Agnes G. Doody, Wakefield

Kathleen A. Durand, North Kingstown

Wayne K. Durfee, Saunderstown

Wilfred P. Dvorak, Kingston

Mabel DeWitt Eldred (posthumous)

William R. Ferrante, Saunderstown

Howard H. Foster, Warwick

John M. Grandin, Wakefield

Lawrence C. Grebstein, Kingston

Thomas A. Grigalunas, Wakefield

Edward A. Grove, Saunderstown

Robert S. Haas, Kingston

Warren M. Hagist, Saunderstown

R. Choudary Hanumara, Kingston

Frank H. Heppner, Wakefield

O. Don Hermes, Wakefield

Kerwin E. Hyland, Exeter, N.H.

Albert L. Kenyon, West Warwick

M. Thelma Kenyon, Narragansett

Alfred G. Killilea, Kingston

Thomas J. Kim, Wakefield

Maury N. Klein, Saunderstown

William C. Klenk, Wakefield

Harold N. Knickle, Warwick

James G. Kowalski, Narragansett

Gerasimos Ladas, Wakefield

Joan M. Lausier, Wakefield

Helen M. Leeming, North Kingstown

Stephen V. Letcher, Kingston

James T. Lewis, Peace Dale

Kenneth T. Mars Jr. (posthumous)

W. Lynn McKinney, Narragansett

Shashanka S. Mitra (posthumous)

Wilfred H. Nelson, Kingston

Richard T. Neuse, Kingston

Theresa H. Newton (posthumous)

Scott W. Nixon (posthumous)

Jan A. Northby, Kingston

John L. O’Leary, Wakefield

Stephen B. Olsen, Wakefield

William T. O’Malley (posthumous)

Martha S. Patnoad, Narragansett

Tommaso Pitassi, Narragansett

Nancy A. Potter, West Kingston

William Henry Potter (posthumous)

Dianne L. Preble, North Kingstown

Richard F. Purnell, Providence

Herbert “Priday” Rawdon (posthumous)

Kenneth H. Rogers, West Kingston

Vincent C. Rose, Kingston

Stephen D. Schwarz, Kingston

Lawrence W. Sherman, Peace Dale

Roger Allen Sherman (posthumous)

Albert Silverstein, Pawtucket

James L. Starkey, Miramar Lakes, Fla.

Arthur B. Stein, Wakefield

Sharon H. Strom, Narragansett

E. R. Suryanarayan, Kingston

Frederick L. Test, Springfield, Mo.

Gary J. Thurston, Wakefield

Earl J. Travers, Saunderstown

Lucy Commins Tucker (posthumous)

Nancy A. Tucker, Wakefield

Donald W. Tufts (posthumous)

Gerry S. Tyler, Saunderstown

Bruno M. Vittimberga (posthumous)

Robert G. Weisbord, Kingston

John F. Wills III, (posthumous)

Donald J. Zeyl, Kingston

Norman L. Zucker, Kingston