Retirees and 25 Year Employees Honored

  Seated (l-r): Carolyn Anderson, Borden Painter, Diana Evans, and Mary Spellacy.
Standing (l-r): Jose Rocha, Robert Smith, Thomas Jarm, Robert DeVito, and John Woolley.

In what has become an annual tradition, the College recognized the retirement of five long-time employees and acknowledged the service of several others with 25 years of service during an April 29 celebration on the Smith House lawn. President Borden Painter, himself a soon-to-be-retiree, hosted the event, during which the honorees were presented with citations detailing their many contributions to Trinity.

The retirees are Painter, Rosanne Kozak (Library), Mary LaPorte (Library), Richard Pauluh (Buildings & Grounds), and John Woolley (Buildings & Grounds). Kozak retired in October, 2003; LaPorte retired in December, 2003; Painter, Pauluh, and Woolley are retiring as of June 30.

Kozak came to Trinity in 1981; she worked in the Library until her retirement in October. LaPorte began her Trinity career in 1990 as acting internship coordinator before moving to Development later that year; she joined the Library staff in 1995 and retired in December. Pauluh joined the Buildings & Grounds Department as a locksmith and carpenter in 1984 after retiring as a master sergeant from the United States Air Force.

Woolley is retiring as director of facilities management, planning and services after 38 years of service to the College. During the ceremony, he was presented with a hard hat decorated by the children of the Trinity Community Child Care Center.

Painter graduated from Trinity in 1958. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Yale University in 1959, a master’s of divinity from the General Theological Seminary in 1963, and a Ph.D. from Yale in 1965. He joined the Trinity faculty in 1964.

The employees with 25 years of service who were honored during the celebration are Carolyn Anderson (Math and Physics), Robert DeVito (Campus Safety), Professor Diana Evans (Political Science), Thomas Jarm (Campus Safety), Reggie Kennedy (Admissions), Associate Academic Dean Katherine Power, Jose Rocha (Buildings & Grounds), Robert Smith (Chapel), Mary Spellacy (Library), and Wayne Strange (Physics). Each was given a wooden Trinity College chair in recognition of the occasion.

Borden Painter: “In 1954, I made one of the dumbest mistakes of my Trinity career when I went out for the freshman football team. I played behind Roger LeClerc, who went on to play for the Chicago Bears. I barely got off the bench.”   Rosanne Kozak: “During my 22 years at the College, I was proud to be a part of the Library staff, and was privileged to meet and work with many wonderful people. My Trinity experience was both rewarding and exciting—and one that I shall always cherish.”   John Woolley: “It’s been an amazing 37 years. I’ve grown, and seen Trinity grow, a lot over the years. I know that the College will continue to prosper, and I’m glad I was a part of it.”   Mary LaPorte: “My role in the construction of the Raether Center was the best experience in my working life. I cannot say enough about the wonderful folks I worked with on that project. It was a high point upon which to leave Trinity.”


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