CTC honors retiring staffers

Herald/Andrew D. Brosig - Retiring Central Texas College staff members, from left, Kenneth Word, Jim Henderson and Bill Beebe cut a cake Tuesday during a recognition ceremony in their honor at the Killeen Civic and Convention Center. The trio will take with them more than a century of experience with them when they depart.

By Andrew D. Brosig

Killeen Daily Herald

With more than a century of combined experience under their belts, three Central Texas College staffers were honored Tuesday as they left the world of academia for the more relaxed atmosphere of retirement.

John Henderson, Ken Word and Bill Beebe gathered with family, friends and well-wishers for a retirement reception at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

"I'm scared to death," CTC Chancellor James Anderson said in remarks to the crowd about losing their experience. "All these folks will be replaced. But we won't replace them with who they are."

Henderson started at CTC in 1970 as a professor in the English department. He was appointed to chair the Department of Communications in 2003, but continued to teach American and British literature. Henderson retires with 40 years teaching at the school.

Also active in his community, Henderson served nine years on the Copperas Cove Independent School District school board, four of those years as board president. He was a member of the American Cancer Society and the Cove library committee. In 1997, the CTC Faculty Senate presented Henderson with its Community Involvement Award.

Henderson now lives in Belton with his wife, Margaret.

Word wraps up his 33-year career at CTC as the chairman of the Department of Mathematics. He started at the school in 1977 while

participating in training with the Army National Guard at Fort Hood.

Word, a native of Lampasas, attended CTC in the fall of 1967, the school's inaugural semester. He graduated with honors in May 1969, earning an associate degree in science, after being elected first president of the Sigma Iota Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Word earned advanced degrees in mathematics and physics from Southwest Texas State University and the University of Texas at Austin. He was named chair of the math department at CTC in 1999.

Word and his wife, Betty, will relocate to Brownwood, where he will serve as chair of the mathematics department at Howard Payne University.

Beebe joined the CTC staff as a contract administrator in 1980. In the interim, he has held a variety of jobs, including assistant to the executive director, assistant director of the computer center, human resources director and director of business services. He retires with 29 years of service as deputy chancellor and special assistant to the chancellor.

A 1974 graduate of the University of Baltimore, Beebe earned a master's degree in management from Troy University in 1978. Beebe served in the Navy Reserves from 1958-62, before he joined the Army and served to 1980.

Beebe and his wife, Barbara, recently moved to Marble Falls.

Contact Andrew D. Brosig at abrosig@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7469.

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