Hancock Honors Retiring Employees and Newly-Tenured Faculty

Eight employees retired during the 2013-14 academic year.

2013-14 RetireesMAY 22, 2014 -- Recalling his early years as an instructor at Allan Hancock College, Klaus Fischer remembered teaching classes inside barracks on the Vandenberg Air Force Base.

“The college was much smaller when I started,” said Fischer, who began as a part-time instructor at Hancock in 1975.  “I think it has matured quite a bit since then.  I mean, look at the college today with the new Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc and all the new buildings on the Santa Maria campus.”

During his tenure at Hancock, Fischer devoted a great deal of his career to the study of Germany and World War II.  He wrote and published five books, most recently Hitler and America, which was released in 2011 and explored the relationship between German leader Adolf Hitler and America during the 1930s.

Fischer retired at the end of 2013 after 38 years of teaching history and philosophy at Hancock.  “I just knew it was time to leave gracefully and spend more time with my wife who retired two years ago as a school psychologist,” he said.  “I truly enjoyed every minute of my time as an instructor at Hancock.  Over the years, I have been able to teach every history and philosophy class we offered.”

Fischer is the most “senior” full-time Allan Hancock College retiree in 2014.  He and seven other retirees were honored at a retirement and recognition event Wednesday on the Santa Maria campus.

All told, the eight retirees worked at Hancock for a combined total of 142 years.  The other retirees are Sonja Oglesby, who has spent 13 years with Public Affairs and Publications, Sue Rush and Robert Solano, who were both groundskeepers for Plant Services for 23 years, Gloria Byrd who retired after 14 years with Business Services, Kim Feulner who spent nine years as an accounting technician in Cashier Services, John Maravick who contributed seven years as a custodian with Plant Services, and law enforcement academy director Greg Dossey who has spent 15 years with the college.

Deborah Annibali (public safety), Mary Nelson (health sciences), Dustin Nouri (life and physical sciences) and Nancy Jo Ward (fine arts) were also honored for achieving tenured faculty status during the 2013-14 academic year. 

Facilities and Operations was selected as Department of the Year.  Vice President of Facilities and Operations Felix Hernandez and his staff oversaw millions of dollars in construction projects that were completed during the academic year, including the Student Services and Administration buildings, the Public Safety Training Complex, the track and fields facility and the softball field.  The new Industrial Technology building will open for the fall semester.

Faculty and staff were also honored for their longevity.  They received pins for five, ten, fifteen, twenty and thirty years at the college.  

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Caption: Superintendent/President Kevin Walthers, Ph.D., honored eight full-time staff members with 30 years of service each at Allan Hancock College’s annual recognition event.  Pictured from left to right are Todd Heaney, Marian Quaid-Maltagliati, Walthers and Deborah Redding-Stewart.  Not pictured are Rebecca Alarcio, Brent Darwin, Richard Mooney, Helen Payne and Margaret Tillery.

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Last Modified Nov 21, 2014