Frederick (Fred) van Hartesveld has been teaching at GRCC since 1984 when he started as an adjunct faculty member. In his 35 years teaching at the college he has served both as a Professor of English and as the Faculty Association President. He was once editor of the college’s Collegiate publication, has served on many committees including at the state-wide level, and as a trustee on the GRCC Foundation Board participated in fund-raising and millage campaigns.
“GRCC has been personal throughout my life. When I was a kid, my dad would talk about the undefeated JC football team he played on and how the attack on Pearl Harbor canceled classes. Sixty years later, the last time I saw my dad alive was over coffee at the Quiet Café.” Fred even met his future bride at GRCC, getting to know her during breaks between classes.
Since his time as a student and extending into his career, Fred enjoyed many life-long relationships and reminisces about helping and being helped by colleagues through many difficult times and attending so many colleagues’ funerals over the years. “For most of my life, GRCC’s future was my future,” he says.
In retirement, Fred has many things that he’d like to do and is sure “there will be things both surprising and spontaneous!” Already, he has been keeping active- training for and racing in track events such as the 100 meter sprint. He has been cultivating blackberries behind his house, continuing to volunteer by distributing food to needy families, spending time with his wife, friends, family, and drinking “better coffee, more slowly, more often.” His love of food is evident in his description of his development from being an “enthusiastic aggressive eater to an enthusiastic leisurely eater” and adds: “First, never let it be said of me that I let a meeting get in the way of any food at the meeting. Second, like the Holy Grail is the search for the Holy Grail, the agenda for any meeting is less important than the relationships, the manner and the moods that move the agenda.”
Please join us for Fred’s retirement party Thursday October 3, 2019 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm in the White Hall Reading Room.
Enjoy retirement, Fred!