D H Hill Library

Association of Retired Faculty History Project

On May 9th, 2000, all living past presidents of the Association of Retired Faculty met to give an oral history of the organization. They also used the occasion to share their views of the needs of the organization, the accomplishments, and their perceptions of concerns and needs for the future. These views are summarized below and following this summary is the organizational history prepared from the comments of the past presidents.

Present: Howard Miller, Ray Noggle, Marvin Speck, Bernie Olsen, Lawrence Apple.

Facilitators: Tom Elleman, Ann Elleman.

Deceased Presidents: Lloyd Zumwalt, David Marsland.

Needs

We need staff assistance plus a significant person at the University who is interested in maintaining contact with retirees.

We need an office and some secretarial assistance.

We need to consider a memorial gift from ARF when a member dies. This could be to the NCSU Library or an organization of the family's choice.

We need overt manifestations on the part of the University of the importance of retired faculty-- the Retired Faculty Symposium which was presented in March 2001 may be a first step toward filling this need.

 

Accomplishments/Commendations

We are a positive force with great potential.

We serve the interests of our members, the University and the community.

We can state our beliefs because we are an independent organization, of interest to the University but apart from it..

We have influenced the Legislature in the past. With the University Bond Issue coming up this Fall, we could have a positive effect.

We developed the Necrology Program which has now been taken over by the Faculty Senate.

We helped settle the title "Emeritus"as applying to any faculty member who retires in good standing.

We are pleased with the Web Site, which was set up by Tom Elleman and Nick Rose.

We are pleased with the idea of the ARF History Project.

We have great respect for the help that was given to ARF by Rebecca Leonard when she was the liaison between ARF and the University. We hope that the strategic plan that she developed will be continued. We believe that Rebecca Leonard should be recognized in some way by the Association of Retired Faculty.

We appreciate the work done by Tom Elleman on a survey of other universities as to what is done for retirees at the various sites.

We are delighted with the work done by Tom Elleman, Howard Miller and Lawrence Apple to try to establish a Retirement Community on Centennial Campus.

We appreciate the hours or work put in by Dave Marsland in the past and Bill Stuckey now to keep our data base current so that we may contact every individual.

We commend Ray and Ruth Noggle for writing and publishing all of the "Bark" newsletters in the past and for Bill Stuckey’s continued work to have the Bulletin dustributed to retirees.

 

Concerns

1. Many new retirees do not consider joining to emphasize their independence, and perhaps, a desire to leave structure behind.Our hope to serve in the capacity of Ombudsman for the Wake County School system has never been successful. We had hoped to be an objective voice when needed, but this has not been done.

2. We may be struggling against the social outlook that retirement means an end of usefulness.

     

    Wishes

    We wish that the administrators, department heads, and deans would see retirees as a valued asset and maintain contact with this group.("group" being all retirees).

    History of the Association of Retired Faculty

    North Carolina State University,

    May 9, 2000

    (Note: This History was prepared by Ann Elleman from recorded discussions involving the following five past-presidents of ARF)

    Participants: all living Past Presidents:

    Howard Miller: 1982-1985

    Ray Noggle: 1985-1987

    Marvin Speck:1987-1989

    Bernie Olsen: 1991-1993

    Lawrence Apple: 1993-1997

    Deceased:

    Lloyd Zumwalt: 1989-1991

    David Marsland: 1997-1999

    Current President:

    James Ferrell: 1999-2001, Hayne Palmour III, 2001-

    Historian: Charlotte Ann Elleman

    In 1981, Howard, along with Marvin, John Caldwell, Isabella Cannon, and Bob Bole, arranged for a retirement farewell party and symposium to talk about retirement issues. Ray, Marvin, Bill Austin, Howard, Oscar Woolridge, Joe Nerden, and Bill Gregg started organizing and called a meeting of Retired Faculty. Bill Gregg did the Newsletter and the name: Association of Retired Faculty: ARF, was given to the group.

    Howard acted at facilitator at the first meeting and it was decided that this would be an organization that would be independent from the University in its decisions. The members went to Chancellor Poulton, who was very supportive of the development of this idea. Ken Beatty constructed the Constitution and By-Laws; Ray Noggle was a great help and Bob Rabb was on the Board of Directors for several years.

    Dues were set at $5.00 per year, $25.00 for Life Membership. Initially there were fewer than fifty members and the early years were spent getting organized.

    Marvin's concept of ARF was that this was a way to organize

    retirees. When he went to the Provost's office, he was handed a hand-written list of names: all that was known about retired Faculty

    The goals, as envisioned by the early officers, were:

    To serve the retirees

    To serve the university.

    To serve the community.

    Part of the energy went into helping Charles Korte and Sandra Kirsh begin the ENCORE Program. Others involved were members of a standing committee of Retired Faculty: Bill Klarman, John Bailey, Bill Turner, and Dennis Jackson. The first program was an Elderhostel group. There was no air conditioning and it had problems, but was a great learning experience. Howard was the first president of the ENCORE committee and wrote the organizing documents. The ARF President is an ex-officio member of the ENCORE Board of Directors.

    The first series of lectures for ARF were held at McKimmon Center. Attendance was very poor and it was difficult to find a specific place in which to meet. Marvin arranged to have the group meet at the North Carolina State Faculty Club. Ray and Ruth Noggle wrote, typed, printed, and mailed the Newsletters for years. Under two hundred copies, the group paid for all of this, and then finally, it was able to be awarded a non-profit designation. Ray secured this designation for the group. The Botany Department paid for all the operating cost for several years.

    By 1990, the D. H. Hill Library was in great need of funds. Bernie was involved in the Incubator Fund Concept at the Library. ARF sent $1000.00 and it was suggested that each member give an annual contribution of $100.00. $37,000 was given that year. While Lawrence was President, $100,000 was donated and donations continue to be made each year.

    Howard worked toward securing perquisites for the Retired Faculty and having them identified in the Faculty Handbook. Joe Marlin was very helpful in this action. Negotiations with the Traffic Committee of the University produced free parking for retired faculty. The $11.00 charge, which is now required, covers the cost of issuing the permit.

    The ARF directors worked to have a Faculty Committee for Retirees in the Faculty Senate. Peter Lord and Lavon Page were instrumental here. From this action came the Retiree Luncheon at the Student Center as well as one held in Chapel Hill with the Board of Governors. In 2000, the event was held at the Chancellor's home.

    There are national meetings held every two years for University Retiree groups. Howard Miller went to Seattle in 1996, David Marsland went on a cruise to Alaska in 1998, and Tom Elleman and Ann Elleman attended the one in San Diego in 2000. These meetings produced new ideas and the national group is planning to more formally organized. (Note: The national organization, Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education, is now operating with headquarters in LA)

    Howard realized that there was no direct appeal to retired faculty during the annual United Fund raising for the University. This was activated through the auspices of ARF.

    The Emeriti Center in Nelson Hall was established during Bernie's tenure. This gave a headquarters for the group to meet, receive information, and maintain files. With Nelson's renovation in 1999, the space was lost. ARF can use a room in the Library for occasional meetings.

    Becky Leonard was the first official liaison between North Carolina State University and The Association of Retired Faculty. She chaired a weekend workshop to establish goals and served as an excellent bridge between the two entities. The liaison is a member of the Retired Faculty Senate Committee. In 2000 Frank Abrams was appointed as the official liaison.

    While Lawrence was President, a Computer Club was formed in 1996, as well as two investment clubs, in 1993 and 1997, respectively. A proposal was made to the University to develop memorials for those who had died. Also, in 1994-1995, the luncheon meetings at the Faculty Club were established with two speakers for each gathering.

    Lloyd was very active in supporting the Library and helped with Lawrence's proposal to improve the structure of the Association. The by-laws were revised and approved in 1994, which established six standing committees.

    A great amount of work has been done to secure a consolidated mailing list and the Provost's office has been of great help. David Marsland, and in 1999, Carl Zorowski, worked diligently to make certain that everyone was included. A notice is sent to each newly retired Faculty member to tell him/her about ARF and encourage him/her to join the group. Then Provost Stiles paid for labels and postage for extra press runs of the NCSU Bulletin for all retirees: costing $6000-$8000 each year. This commitment of University funds is greatly appreciated and reflects on some of the year-by-year work which has been done by the members of ARF.

    Tom Elleman, Howard Miller and Lawrence Apple have approached the University administration during 1999 and 2000 with plans for a Continuing Care Retirement Center on Centennial Campus. The response has been positive, but it has been stated that there would be a delay before consideration can be given to a specific plan.

    Following the preparation of the History, Howard Miller prepared additional reflections on the early days of ARF. Rather than incorporate these comments into the History, they are attached here as an Addendum.

    1. 1981 was the year I retired and at my retirement affair instead of the usual format of a roast or a series of testimonials I organized a symposium on the subject of retirement. The member of the symposium in addition to the general audience were Marvin Speck, John Caldwell, Isabella Cannon, Bob Bole, Bill Finlator, Ray Noggle and myself. The chair or moderator was Paul Thayer. The idea was to encourage a witty and substantive commentary on retirement by involved people. In line with the Greek model, wine and a buffet were served. The affair itself preceded the organization of ARF and was unrelated.

    2. Some time thereafter (81, 82) I invited the following persons to my house for a discussion on the topic of organizing the NCSU retired faculty - Bill Austin, Ray Noggle, Marvin Speck, Joe Nerden, Oscar Wooldridge. All of us had been put-off by the process of retiring from NCSU that we had recently experienced - working out the mechanics of the pension and formalities of separation, the absence of counseling and advice and a general feeling of a rather cold dismissal. We all felt that the process should be done better and that perhaps if we organized those of us now retired we could engineer and promote some improvement. And perhaps other things as well.

    That was the original meeting and we agreed to get on with the project. There may have been other meetings of that group; I don't recall. One of the outcomes of the meeting was that we agreed to call a meeting of all current retired faculty to determine whether there was sentiment in favor of organizing. I don't remember precisely how we got in touch with people - by phone or by mail or both, but the effort did reveal a problem. It turned out that no one had a complete or accurate list of retired faculty so we had to use what we could piece together, chiefly from the Provost's office. We were able to construct such a list and managed to assemble a sizable group of retired faculty in the faculty lounge of Poe Hall. I don't know if any minutes of that meeting are available.

    There was strong sentiment among those present that we should proceed with an organization. A point of some prominence at that time had to do with our independence and self-initiating status. We agreed that we had to consult no one or get any approval to organize and that we were an independent entity. Nonetheless we proceeded to inform Chancellor Poulton of our plans to organize and asked for his support which he provided without reservations. I do not have dates or records for these events.

    3. From that point on we proceeded with organization. A committee chaired by Ken Beatty developed a constitution and by-laws. Copies of those are extant. A group of officers was chosen - Howard Miller, President, Ray Noggle, VP, Bill Austin, Treas., etc. - I believe those records are available. A Board of Directors was created by the Constitution. That Board was made up of volunteers not by an elective process, i.e. any member who chose to might be on the Board that would meet monthly and carry on the business of ARF. Standing committees were created and volunteers recruited. Dues were set at $5 per year and $25 for a life membership. No immediate need for large amounts of money was seen. Those dues would produce enough money for all immediate needs.

    The determination of a name for the organization was arrived at after some flirtation with variants of the word, "emeritus". It was soon discovered that emeritus simply means retired, particularly in the academic setting. So we settled on the name, Association of Retired Faculty, as the simplest and most direct title available. The use of ARF became general especially after Bill Grigg designated Sandy, Little Orphan Annie's dog, as our logo. The process of organization continued and ARF was established as a going concern with its stated purposes being to:

    1. advance the interests of its members as retired faculty and aging persons;

    2. to better serve the university; and

    3. to provide service to the community.

These themes have been elaborated and addressed in various ways and their development deserves extended treatment in any history of ARF

5. Some of the early projects designed to carry out the stated purposes of ARF are described briefly

 

The Retired Faculty Organization did not lead the development of the Faculty Club (now University Club) but many of the same individuals were involved. Below are the recollections of Bill Austin related to the creation of the Faculty Club.

 

 

One day about this time (early 1960's) RJ Reynolds, Jr. of Reynolds Tobacco Co., NCSU's most prestigious alumnus, was being shown the new Student Union by Director Gerald Erdhal, RJR said "This is great. Do you have any plans for something like this for the Faculty?" Erdhal replied, "No we haven't as far as I know." RJR's reply was, "Well, come see me sometime and we'll talk about it."

The result was that the following week a group of Faculty Club Officers, including Bill Austin were picked up at RDU by RJR's private executive jet plane bearing the emblem, Golden Isle Airlines, with a uniformed pilot and co-pilot The group was flown, non-stop, to the RJR private airport on Sapelo Island GA (which had been bought in its entirety by RJR for a bargain price, ("$5 megabucks" he said), for a visit with RJR and his sister and an individual representing the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Thus we got a first-hand look at the most elaborate estate I had ever seen. It consisted of a large colonial mansion, with outdoor & indoor pools & bowling alleys, shuffleboard, tennis and golf areas, an indoor fitness gym, plus fabulous living quarters. After a semi-formal luncheon served by uniformed waiters, we told Reynolds how the NCSU Faculty Club was formed a couple of years before by a group of energetic faculty members who had managed to get assigned a camping/picnic area at state-owned Kerr Lake. (Later named "Key Haven" in honor of Dr Key Lee Barkley, CSU Dept of Psychology, (a Faculty Club Founder), but we had no place on campus to meet except in the Student Union.

The result of our meeting was that the Reynolds Foundation awarded $750,000. to the NCSU Faculty Club for construction of a new Faculty Club building on land to be provided by NCSU. This was a fabulous award to us, but not the only gift to NCSU by The Reynolds Foundation, who had previously fuinded the RJ Reynolds Coliseum, a major sports arena, and other buildings.

The rest is history, the new Faculty Club Building was completed in 1964, and has been a major fringe benefit to Faculty members, and later to NCSU staff and alumni.

 

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