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Georgetown Honors Faculty, Staff of 20 to 40 Years During Luncheon

May 6, 2013 – When Judith House (SLL’72) , Brian McGuire (C’72) and John Womack began working at Georgetown, Lauinger Library had not been built, Riggs was the main library, and the Big East hadn’t yet been formed.

That was 40 years ago.

The university recognized House, McGuire and Womack along with 61 other Georgetown employees for their 20-plus years of experience during the annual Faculty and Staff Service Awards Luncheon on April 26.

That Certain Something

Members of the university community’s Main, Law Center and Medical Center campuses were honored and awarded gifts for the 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years they’ve been a part of the Georgetown family.

“It’s funny a lot of people at the luncheon said the same thing, ‘I didn’t ever expect to be here this long.’ But there we all were,” recalls House, an associate security officer in UIS. “There’s obviously something about Georgetown that keeps people here.”

Womack came to Georgetown as to work in what used to be the traffic and parking department and is now senior operations manager for traffic and parking. McGuire is associate director of operations and facilities in the athletics department.

A Different Place

Before they were Georgetown employees, House and McGuire studied at the university. House, a Russian major, entered the university in the fall of 1968, while McGuire, a sociology major, began his undergraduate education in 1969.

Both began working as students – House in what is now the School of Continuing Studies and McGuire, who graduated early, with the alumni association. They both began permanent work after graduating in 1972.

The two say Georgetown is a very different place from when they came to campus.

“The nursing school was all and only women,” House says. “The language school took women, the business school took a few and the School of Foreign Service took a few.”

Only men were admitted to the College, and House says she was one of two female students at her orientation for Georgetown’s School of Language and Linguistics.

McGuire began working with the athletic department in 1978 – a year after the Big East was established and six years after John Thompson Jr. came to Georgetown as head basketball coach.

Two Thompsons

The associate director worked in athletics long enough to experience two generations of Thompson coaches, including current head basketball Coach John Thompson III.

The elder Thompson made an appearance during the service award luncheon and talked about how every aspect of campus life adds to the university’s success. 

“There are no small roles,” McGuire recalls Thompson saying. “It was very meaningful to have him speak at the luncheon. I felt good for the other honorees, and it made me feel proud to be here for this long.”

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