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May 2024 RFPA Newsletter

In this information-packed newsletter, you will find:

  • Pete Andrews: An unexpected loss
  • President’s year-end remarks
  • Annual business meeting
  • Profile of Professor emeritus Jane Brown—Howes winner
  • Katie Ziglar at March meeting
  • Luncheons for 2024-25
  • Luncheon speaker Wednesday, Sept. 4
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Faculty Council summaries March and April

Pete Andrews: An unexpected loss

Pete Andrews, 79, distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Public Policy, died May 5. In his 34 years at UNC-Chapel Hill, he made substantial contributions to the university in research, mentorship and service, including the campuswide position of chair of the Faculty. His interdisciplinary approach to environmental policy underscored his teaching and research and led to a national and international reputation. After retiring in 2015, Pete was active at Carolina Meadows where he lived with his wife, Hannah. He served as president-elect, president and past president of the Retired Faculty and Professionals Association. His colleagues will miss his collegiality, generous spirit and bright smile. We extend our deepest condolences to Hannah and his family.

President’s year-end remarks

I was honored and, of course, challenged when I was elected to succeed our late great leader Pete Andrews as president of the RFA (as we were called when I took office). I was also both lucky and grateful that as past president he was willing to be so tremendously supportive to me and to our president-elect Bobbi Owen and to our wonderful executive committee as we managed to complete a significant (and I hope you agree) spectacularly successful year.

Let’s also thank some people who’ve done yeoman work for years and are now stepping down. Bobbie Lubker was a past president of both the RFA and the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education and our long-time historian. Joanne Marshall has served two terms as a member-at-large of the executive committee and has always been available and willing to do whatever needs to be done. Jim Allen has been our treasurer for eight years and in fact is only the third treasurer in our organization’s entire history.

What a year! We put together a strategic plan for the first time and have made strong progress toward executing it. We changed our name to Retired Faculty and Professionals Association to make more explicit the membership of our compatriots who’ve always been eligible according to the bylaws, and we also updated the bylaws themselves, with the particular help of Erika Lindemann. We were lucky enough to persuade Jan Johnson Yopp to be our communications coordinator, and she’s made a significant difference in our visibility.

We increased the number of luncheon meetings from four to seven and attracted a remarkable array of outstanding speakers on a broad range of topics of interest to all of us, as demonstrated by the nearly doubled attendance by the April event. We’ve developed stronger relationships with the Provost’s office through Giselle Corbie and with the General Alumni Association through Veronica Flaspoehler.

Thanks to Lynne Vernon-Feagans, we’ve built an active relationship with the Global Education Center to support our visiting international scholars. Mike Salemi is working on plans to increase teaching and learning opportunities for all the incredible talent in our membership; more to come on that next year. Ray Dooley is partnering with Jan Bardsley to run the extremely valuable retirement planning seminar, and Tom Clegg has revised and updated the essential retirement guide. Catherine Marshall is exploring more resources to support us all as we age.

So much going on and so much more to come. It’s been an honor and a privilege to be part of it.  I think Pete would be proud of all he’s helped us to accomplish.

And thank you to all of you who’ve been involved. Stay with us; there’s so much more to come. Put our first 2024-25 luncheon meeting on your calendar now: Wednesday, September 4.

–Bob Lauterborn

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September RFPA Lunch Meeting

Wednesday, September 4

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Friday Center


Professor Mitch Prinstein, Chief Science Officer of the American Psychological Association and Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC-Chapel Hill will speak.

His talk, “When I Was a Kid…” will focus of how different life is for teenagers today than it was when we were that age.



Registration forms will be available on August 1, 2024.

As usual, spouses and other guests are also welcome.