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Lopez Retires after 30 Years Working in Texas Medical Center

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 10:41am

Dean John Valenza presents a certificate of appreciation to Rebecca Lopez at her retirement party.

Dean John Valenza presents a certificate of appreciation to Rebecca Lopez at her retirement party Jan. 30.

Rebecca Lopez, administrative assistant II in the Office of Professional Development and Faculty Affairs,  Center for Teaching and Learning, this week wrapped up 30 years in the Texas Medical Center, where she worked for The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) School of Dentistry, Medical School and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Her last day was Thursday, Jan. 30.

In recent years, Lopez has coordinated the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was first hired in 1984 to work at MD Anderson’s Office of Patient Admissions. Five years later, she was hired by Dr. Paula O’Neill  to work in the Department of Educational Resources at MD Anderson, later following O’Neill to the Medical School and School of Dentistry, where Lopez logged 16 years in all.

Dr. Rebeca Weisleder and Graphic Services Manager John O’Black pose for a photo with Rebecca Lopez at the retirement party Wednesday. Lopez has worked at UT institutions for 30 years.

Dr. Rebeca Weisleder and Graphic Services Manager John O’Black pose for a photo with Rebecca Lopez at her retirement party Wednesday. Lopez has worked at UT institutions for 30 years. 

A native Houstonian, she plans to celebrate her retirement with a trip to Spain, followed by RV travel when she gets back home. She also looks forward to spending time with her grandson and family. 

Her co-workers attended a reception in her honor Wednesday.