Raul Rivera to Retire from Mason after 21 Years of Service
Posted: February 13, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Photo Courtesy of Marisol Rivera-Diaz
His official title is housekeeping and apparel manager, but Raul Rivera’s co-workers in Facilities Management and in other departments describe him as “a key player,” and “a professional” whose absence when he retires this week after 21 years at Mason will be felt.
His daughter, Marisol Rivera-Diaz, works at Mason as an accounting specialist in Print Services. She and some of his co-workers wrote the following about her father:
He first came to George Mason University in February 1987. With the challenges that come with life, Raul has been among good friends at George Mason University. He has worked hard through the years as a key player in making sure our facilities supported our teaching mission.
Despite the many pressures of his duties, he kept a positive attitude and a very professional approach to every job, always maintaining a continued demeanor of quiet and cheerful competence.
Now 74 years of age, Raul still feels young. He thinks back to 1987 when he walked for two hours to get to his job interview. He will not be walking that long any more, yet he will try to enjoy his leisure time for at least two weeks, and then on to his next project!
In some way or another we all benefited from working with and knowing Raul Rivera, and his presence will be surely missed.