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Volume 68, Issue 25, Monday, September 30, 2002


Custodian of 28 years leaves UH

By Sheree Stubblefield
The Daily Cougar

Blaine Fondal, a UH custodian, is set to retire after nearly three decades of service. 

"I feel pretty good (about retiring)," Fondal said. "Everybody's gonna miss me."

After retirement, Fondal said he wants to move to Galveston on the sea wall, fix his reel and "go fishin'."

Fondal has worked all over the campus during his 28-year tenure at UH and is now a custodian at the Moody Towers.

He has worked under the current executive housekeeper, Betty Goins, for 25 of his 28 years here. 

She has worked with Fondal longer than any of the other employees and said she had developed a close relationship with him.

"I've worked with him 25 years and we've become friends," she said.

She described his work ethic as "very flexible, adaptable, dependable, friendly and hardworking." 

A party was thrown Friday in honor of his retirement in the Oberholtzer Ballroom, which Fondal said he was very excited about.

"(The party) is very nice, and I appreciate it," Fondal said.

Many employees and directors from the Department of Residential Life and Housing attended the event. Everyone had positive comments about Fondal. "A lot of people haven't worked here this long (and) he never gave me any trouble," said lead custodian Roy Jackson.

Joseph Hudnall, office assistant in the housekeeping office, said Fondal is "friendly and dependable."

Hudnall said he thought Fondal's retirement "is well-deserved. He has put in his time here."

Although Fondal is leaving, he said he would come back to visit his friends at UH and knows that the friends he has made through his work at the University will visit him in Galveston, as well.

Although Goins is happy for Fondal, she also said that he will be "greatly missed."

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