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.