Long-time Employees Retire
The Moberly Area Community College Plant Operations Department has seen the end of an era. This summer three of its longtime employees retired after 71 years of combined service to MACC. Larry White, Richard Hildebrand and Monroe Smith have literally a lifetime of knowledge between them. Each of their retirement parties was packed with well-wishers of current and past MACC employees, friends and family.
Larry White began working at the College in 1990 as the Physical Plant Manager. He supervised all custodial, maintenance, grounds and HVAC. He started at a time when a lot of construction was happening with the Women’s Dorm and Career Center being finished (1989) shortly before he started and has been through everything since – including the multiple moves of the off-campus sites.
The year 1990 wasn’t Larry’s first experience at the MACC Main Campus. He went to high school in the Main Building when the College and Moberly High School were combined in that location. MACC has been a family gathering spot for the White family. Larry’s wife, Shirley, has also worked for the College for 35 years and his daughter now works at MACC.
“Larry was a great asset to Moberly Area Community College. His dedication proved to be his greatest attribute as many things were always ‘taken care of’ whether noticed or not,” comment Plant Operations Director, Eric Ross.
Richard Hildebrand began working at the College in 1983 in Maintenance. Throughout this time, Richard has seen practically every new building constructed and the old football field and tennis courts behind the building turned into parking lots. He has had to fix, move or help with something on every campus and has seen the college completely evolve as not only an employee, but many years prior as a high school student in the Main Building.
“Richard is definitely the “Mr. Fix It” on campus and is able to tell you where everything is located and when it was put there! His experience and abilities will be greatly missed by the College,” said Ross.
Monroe Smith has been with the College since 1983 as a custodian. Monroe has seen many changes to the College in his 26 years. Many people would agree that Monroe has been one of the friendly faces on the main campus as he sees and meets with everyone while making deliveries.
“Monroe is one of the nicest people you will meet and is always willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. He will be missed by so many of us at MACC,” said Ross.
MACC wishes the best to the three retirees and is grateful for their years of dedicated service.
Larry White relaxes in his rocking chair during his retirement party in MACC's Blue room. White, who has been an employee at the College since 1990, retired this summer.
Monroe Smith relaxes in his rocking chair during his retirement party in MACC's Blue room. Smith, who has been an employee at the College since 1983, retired this summer.
Richard Hildebrand relaxes in his rocking chair during his retirement party in MACC's Blue room. Hildebrand, who has been an employee at the College since 1983, retired this summer.