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The Retired Faculty-Staff Association (RFSA), organized in 1982, evolved from a club formed 40 years earlier as the "Die? No, Sir! Club" for retired personnel. The name was changed to Dinosaurs in 1954. In 1979, when Dean Arno Nowotny was Secretary of the club, he said its Constitution stated the organization’s purpose was "to prevent its members from fossilizing prematurely."

Goals of the RFSA, as stated in a memorandum in spring 1982, were to: provide opportunities for UT retirees to remain more closely associated with university life; identify needs of retired members of the university community and offer them beneficial services to meet those needs; and schedule social events and facilitate friendships.

Growth highlighted the first six years of the RFSA’s history, as membership rose to 511 in 1988. Requests from several universities and colleges about the structure of the RFSA recognized the successful implementation of an idea for an association of retired university personnel.

Excerpted from A Brief History of the RFSA 1982-1988, prepared by Margaret C. Berry.




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