Retirement Reception Committee...

THE DR. ROBERT Y. DUBEL

June 26, 1992

THE DR. ROBERT Y. DUBEL Retirement Reception Committee first met last winter. Its charge: to devise a send-off for the man who shepherded the Baltimore County school system, the nation's 28th largest, for the past 16 years, the longest continuous tenure for a superintendent among the 100 largest school systems in the country.

The committee came up with a plan for a banquet at Martin's West, perhaps $35 a ticket, and informed Mr. Dubel. The superintendent's response: People spending $35 on me? No way.

Back to the drawing board went the committee. This time it devised a large picnic at the county's Oregon Ridge Park; a few bucks a head. Maybe the county would even discount the regular use fee since the occasion was for a man who had devoted so many years to county youth. The superintendent's response: A county discount? People would still have to pay? Forget it.

This then is what the 13-member reception committee and the superintendent settled on: A free reception for the school community between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Mr. Dubel's final day of work Tuesday in the administration offices at Greenwood. The invitation reads, "You are cordially invited to attend an open house honoring the little engine that did -- Robert Y. Dubel," a reference to one of the guest of honor's favorite pieces of children's literature, which speaks volumes about the man himself.

Punch and cookies will be served.

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