For the past 33 years, Gary Anderson has put a smile on the faces of students, staff and faculty at Wentworth Military Academy and College as he accomplished task after task on the 134-year-old campus.
Mr. Anderson is now, officially, retired.
Gary Anderson was recently honored at a luncheon on the Wentworth Campus which served as his retirement ceremony.
Friends, family and co-workers recently joined Mr. Anderson at the retirement luncheon in the Hall of Honor, Groendyke Hall. They enjoyed excellent food and, even more importantly, great stories about his experience at Wentworth with the maintenance department.
Anderson began his maintenance career in 1981 working for the Wentworth maintenance department. In 1992, Wentworth outsourced their maintenance department to ServiceMaster; Anderson continued to work on the campus as a ServiceMaster employee. Then in 1997, Wentworth changed companies and National Management Resources Corporation became the outsourcing company of choice. Gary remained working on the Wentworth campus for National.
According to Wentworth Military Academy and College President, Colonel Mike Lierman, Anderson has done a wide variety of work in the maintenance department at Wentworth and is very good at whatever he was tasked to do.
He is a very skilled craftsman who has built and repaired rooms, doors, and furniture on the Wentworth campus. Anderson then became an expert in key making and was been a part of the Wentworth security team in the area of locks and keys for several years.
“Gary has been a true and dedicated employee for 33 years,” said Col. Lierman. “He has always been here to do whatever needed to be done even if it was at 2 a. m. or on a Saturday night. I have enjoyed working with Gary through the years and I know he has always given his very best.”
“I wish Gary the very best as he now enters into retirement and know that spending time with family and enjoying some deserved time off will be on top of his list now,” Col. Lierman went on to say.
During the retirement ceremony, a slideshow presentation was provided showing the many memories of Mr. Anderson’s working career which also included his years as a soldier in the United States Navy.
National Maintenance Resources Corporation, Wentworth Director Wally Ratliff, said Anderson was very loyal and will be missed.
“Gary, I appreciate all you have done for us here as a member of the National and Wentworth Family. You have been very loyal to Wentworth over the years and I can’t say it enough, we will miss you here on campus,” said Ratliff.
In addition to National and Wentworth coworkers, much of Mr. Anderson’s joined him in the retirement celebration including his wife, Mary, and their sons, daughters and grandchildren.