Noel retires after 44 years, five department heads

In 1952, Georgianna Noel, then Georgianna Lewis, started work as a clerk-typist I in the department of agricultural engineering. She left the department June 30 with a newly created award and a long history of dedication.

Noel retired from the department after 44 years as staff secretary and administrative assistant to the department's head. She was awarded the Staff Award for Excellence by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

She also had the distinction of serving every head in the history of the agricultural engineering department.

Loren Bode, who worked with Noel for 20 years, enjoyed her expertise when he was interim head and then head of the department.

"What makes Georgianna special, for me personally, is that she's been here so many years. It was easy for me when I started here to find out exact procedures and how things get done," Bode said. "It's a secure way to come into administrative procedures. She knows the right person to get the right information and to get the job done."

But it wasn't simply Bode who benefited from her experience and expertise. She's also known in the department as a friendly, knowledgeable person.

"When alumni or former faculty members come back, they come by to see Georgianna. She's one person they all know and remember. She brought real stability to the department," Bode said.

Noel couldn't help but stay on for so long.

"As we got new heads of the departments, they asked me to stay and show them what's going on," Noel said. "They all turned out to be really nice people and I really enjoyed it."


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