On October 31, Ath “A.T.” Tuot retired from the Alumni Association after 32 years of dedicated service. A.T., records and special projects coordinator, was responsible for the creation of the ALUMNI DIRECTORY. In the late 1980s, the office used a mini frame computer to which four or five terminals could be connected.
“Production of the DIRECTORY was a very different process then,” he said. “Information was collected on data storage reels that were sent to a programmer to extract the information and typeset most of the pages before they were sent to the printer.”
A.T.’s path to the Association began in June 1987 when he visited a friend in Loma Linda. Impressed with Loma Linda University, he filled out an application before returning home. Within a week he received a call from Gerry Friesen, director of the Association. A.T. interviewed for a position as records manager when a round-trip airline ticket was offered. A few hours later, he was offered the job and began work on July 17, 1987.
“The thing I will miss most is working with the alumni,” he said. “Over the years, I’ve gotten to know our members as more than alumni but as friends.”
In his retirement, A.T. is anticipating spending more time with his wife, Radina, who also recently retired, and their three children, as well as doing some traveling.