The University Record, November 1, 1999

1999 Service Award Recipients

50 Year Recipients

  • James Craven

  • William Dunbar

    45 Year Recipients

  • Bob Kalmbach

  • Reta Teachout

    A listing of all award recipients is available at

    James Craven, document restorer at the Michigan Historical Collections, is still on the job after 50 years. He began his apprenticeship in the basement of the Hatcher Graduate Library and has been restoring damaged books ever since. ‘There is a real advantage in having a large institution like the University,’ he says. ‘If you want something done, you can find somebody here who’s doing it.’ Photo by Bob Kalmbach

    Bob Kalmbach, university photographer, is probably almost as familiar a sight to many on campus as his photos. He has taken photographs of presidents, vice presidents, foreign dignitaries and musicians in the 45 years he has worked at the U-M. His favorites over the years? Photos of former Presidents Ford and Carter, who attended a conference here; the nighttime dedication of the Lurie Tower on North Campus, ‘beautiful’ from his rooftop vantage point; and black-and-white images of a stern Bo Schembechler and equally stern Woody Hayes, included in Schembechler’s book. Photo by Paul Jaronski, Photo Services

    William Dunbar worked at the Memorial Phoenix Laboratory until his retirement in April. During his 50-year career at the U-M, he most vividly remembers the completion and start-up of the nuclear reactor. Dunbar says he was always fascinated with nuclear power and how it was controlled. Dunbar was the first person at the University to be examined by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for an operator’s license. Photo by Bob Kalmbach

    Reta Teachout, administrative associate in the College of Engineering, began her career when a fellow graduate of the same business school turned down the opportunity to join the U-M. After 45 years on the job, she still is part of the College, but says the University has changed so much that she has never been bored. 'The University never stands still. Every 10 years it's a different place,' she notes. She loves animals and says her spot on North Campus allows her to see some wildlife. Photo by Bob Kalmbach