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S: The Gilmore Years at Montana Tech

FC: Thank you for the memories!

1: Congratulations on your great success at Montana Tech. May God bless you in your retirement years! Greetings from U. Mississippi Medchem!! Robert Doerksen | Congratulations and best wishes to both of you. It is my honor to have worked with you on Tech programs and promote the greatness of Tech. It is my privilege to call you friends! Marc LeVier | We wish you all the best in retirement. Please note that this will not be a restful and leisurely life! We would be delighted to assist in a fireworks display in your new back yard on the Fourth of July! Love, Cynthia & Ray Tribelhorn

2: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts." | Dad and Mom, We're so proud of all that you've accomplished at Montana Tech, but are looking forward to getting to spend more time with you during the next chapter in your lives. Tech has truly earned a special place in our hearts and we know you leave it a stronger place than when you arrived. Love, Kristin, Bruce & Jackson


5: Frank and Ann, Be well and happy. The impacts you have both had in Butte, at Tech, and more are far-reaching and long-standing. You will be missed and remembered. My wishes for your retirement echo these words from a master song smith . . . May God bless and keep you always May your wishes all come true May you always do for others And let others do for you May you build a ladder to the stars And climb on every rung May you stay forever young May your hands always be busy May your feet always be swift May you have a strong foundation When the winds of changes shift May your heart always be joyful And may your song always be sung May you stay forever young (Forever Young by Bob Dylan) ~Sally Bardsley

6: Greetings to friends Frank and Ann -- The past thirteen years have been the best at Montana Tech! New building projects, increased student numbers and increased graduation rates, enhanced Tech Foundation Program results are the hallmarks, among many others, that have occurred during your administration. We say well done! And now you can move on to retirement and "all of those other projects" that need to be completed. We wish you much joy during your retirement, and we look forward to continuing as personal and professional colleagues. Cheers, Dan and Maureen Rovig | Best Wishes. Thanks for your many years of great service to Montana Tech and our community. Robert Bergantino

7: Best wishes as you take on the next important part of your lives together. We hope you will keep in touch with your Tech friends. ~ Gretchen Geller | Love & Best Wishes! Bob & Midge Bentley

9: Thank you for all you have done for this School. Jennifer Robinson | I already miss you. May God take care of you always as you have taken care of Tech and our staff through your years of service. Jean Bishop

10: so many | Thank you for being my friends. You have given more to me than I have given to you. I had almost given up hope to find people that are honest and truthful, having a sense of morality. For a while, I thought it didn't exist, but I found that quality in the two of you. Thank you for being a Friend!!! Joe Urbanski

11: Ann and Frank, It has been a pleasure to work with you and for you these many years. I appreciate your dedication to Tech and your drive to make it the very special institution it is. You both are very warm and cordial people and Tech is much richer for having you as its driving force. Have a wonderful retirement and enjoy all the freedom you have to do what you want--the world is your oyster. We'll be thinking of you in warm Mississippi while we're scraping car windows, shoveling sidewalks, and shivering in -40 degree weather! Take care and live, live, live. Diane Murray

13: Frank and Ann, I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to spend time extra time with you through my various Tech recruitment events. I have had such a great time with both of you during Dine with the Chancellor Events and I will sorely miss your presence next year! You both are so hospitable and committed to Tech's students and staff. I truly thank you for always making me feel welcome and being so engaging! Every time I have ever approached either of you to do some event, you have been willing to do whatever needed to be done (even more so that I expected). You both seemed to know my first name from the moment I started working here and I was so amazed by that and now I know it is just evidence of the quality people you are. I wish you both a lovely and happy retirement! Sincerely, Stephanie M. Crowe | Congratulations and good luck on the farm! You are wonderful friends. Bill & Mary Lou Spath

14: Just wanted you to know how proud your Uncle LeRoy is of you both. I know he and Mom always enjoyed your visits to CO and AZ to see them. God be with you as you start a new chapter in your lifes. We love you both. LeRoy Gauthier, Dianne and Jim Parks

15: Kudos to a great chancellor team, leader, person, colleague and friend. You always put student learning first. You always cared deeply about faculty and staff. Tech has grown and improved so much during your time. Montana Western sends it best wishes with deep appreciation and respect for your accomplishments and contributions to higher education in Montana and the nation. Thank you and Ann. Dick & Martha Storey

16: Frank and Ann were and still are very important people in my life. I had the honor of helping out at particular events thrown by the Gilmores for many while attending Montana Tech. It was through the interactions of those events that I able to become very close with Ann, in particular, and found an unlikely friendship there. Frank, a man of few words, offered many little tidbits of success for school and life that I still hold on to. Thank you both for the many years of service you gave Tech and good luck with your future endeavors, may they be filled with family, laughter, and love! Jennifer Dobb

17: Keep in touch & stay healthy! Next time I see you I'll have jam for you! Love ya! Joy & Ed Skubitz | Our institution has greatly improved thanks to you leadership. Roger Jensen

18: Go Diggers! | Thank you greatly Chancellor Gilmore and Mrs. Gilmore. I had to the pleasure of meeting Chancellor at the PTK Induction when I was inducted two years ago, I was so nervous I almost forgot to shake his hand! :) Then I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Gilmore just the other day at the Student of the Year ceremony in the SUB. You are both wonderful people and will be sadly missed on this campus. You are truly an inspiration to any student who has attended this college under your leadership!!!! You have made Montana Tech one of the greatest experiences of my life that I will treasure! Good luck to you and God Bless you both and your family!!! Sincerely, Cathy Westfall

19: As a work study student at Tech, I was fortunate to work for Joe Figueira and Irvena Kavanagh. One of my first projects was assisting Joe during the time he ran the search committee for Tech's new Chancellor. Needless to say, I made LOTS of copies of resumes, bios and the like, as well as sat through the public presentations of the candidates. Frank was a MY favorite from the very start and I believe the best resource that Tech could have ever had. I believed in Frank Gilmore's sincerity and it has been evident from his commitment, leadership and enthusiasm over his tenure. I am excited for the Gilmore's future and thankful for the years of service they provided Tech. Best Regards, Corissa Schock, PTC '00 | Congratulations on your successful retirement! We are glad you made it and glad to have your ongoing friendship. Cheers! Elizabeth & Bob Noble

20: Thank you for helping to make this institution great. Jon Chesbro | Congratulations!!! But we'll miss you!!! Cheryl Peterslie

21: Dear Frank & Ann, The legacy you have created will live on in the many lives you have touched during your thirteen years in our Butte community. Our Best Wishes for Health & Happiness as you embark upon the next chapter of your lives. Fondly, Ann & Jim Courtney | I love you, and for all you have done for everyone. Martha Martin

22: Dear Frank & Ann-Seems only yesterday you were hosting us and our family and friends in the wonderful "Gilmore Style". Thanks for your collective effort over the years & best wishes in your 'new beginning', Len & Gloria Judd | Frank and Ann, We are grateful that you have touched our lives. Best wishes and blessings on 2011 and beyond. Joanne & Jim Cortese

23: To Chancellor Gilmore: My first year here at Tech with you has been a happy one. I still remember what you said to me at the freshman convocation ceremony: "If you need anything, feel free to ask me. I look forward to seeing you through you time here." You had the biggest smile on your face as I shook your hand, and it was at that moment I knew I made a wonderful choice in attending Montana Tech. You weren't just a chancellor here, you were a friend, and that means a lot to me. To Mrs. Gilmore: The first time I really talked to you, we walked to the the auditorium to watch the mock trial together. It was so nice to meet you and talk with you that day. It meant a lot to me that you would take the time to walk with me and have a conversation like we were old friends. It has been a good first year with both of you here to be my mentors and friends. I wish you both good luck in your endeavors, and may your future be filled with love, laughter and kindness. Jenna Hennings | It was so nice to get to know you both. I enjoyed our time together on the Chamber of Commerce board and seeing you at campus and community events. Best Wishes for a wonderful, well-deserved retirement! Sincere Regards, Francene Archibald

24: Frank, I truly enjoyed working with you while I was in Career Services, and have missed you since I left. I often think of you, and I wish the best for you and your health. Ann, it was a pleasure working with you too, especially during the years we were planning the Career Fair. You helped us make the first Career Fair such a successful event that it set the pace for the years forward. I wish both of you a very happy retirement. I enjoy mine and now it's time for you to enjoy yours. Suzanne Andrews | So many great memories, but I esp. remember the special effort you both took to have a "December graduation" for Noah and 17 other TECH grads. I was so sick that year and couldn't make it that spring, and it just meant so much to me as a mom to see Noah graduate. I also remember talking to the girl next to him as we took grad pictures by the Christmas tree, and she was going on to Medical School. She told me, I was so happy Dr. Gilmore and his staff arranged this as I will be in Medical school and won't be here this spring either. You just always seemed to go the extra mile to make parents and students comfortable at TECH. It will be hard to find a replacement. God’s Blessings to you and Ann! Sincerely, Betsy and Tim Vrudny

25: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter | Dear Frank: Thank you so much for your stewardship of Montana Tech these past 13 years. During my 2002 visit, I couldn't help but notice the vitality of the campus. I'm sure when I return next year, I'll see even more evidence thanks in no small part to your commitment and perseverance to ensuring every student a quality education that will last them for a lifetime. Wishing you and Ann the very best in your retirement. Sincerely, Barry Donaldson BPE 1962

26: On behalf of the Canadian students: we want to thank you both very much for your dedication and efforts to boost Montana Tech plus your personal touch. We wish you a Long Happy Retirement. God Bless! Ming & Stan Fong | Frank you have come a long way since your years at the University of Mississippi. Your lovely wife has always been there providing professional and social support in all of your giant steps forward, she has been your perfect hostess, as you would expect, from a highly experienced dietitian, wife and mother. Our greatest recalls are the wonderful dinners, and experience with selecting the very best wines for the occasion, and pocket book. You have remained faithful to your friendships back in Oxford, regardless of profession, degree, sex or religion, and we love you for this. You have accomplished much at Montana Tech, having dedicated yourself to the advancement of the entire university. During your tenure at Montana Tech you have continued to give support to your own profession of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. With all of this said we extend to you the pleasures of retirement, enjoying your family and grandchildren, and your farm in Oxford, like never before. It is an honor to have been park of your life over all of these years. Robert and Mary Sue Tettleton

27: Frank and Ann the phase you are now entering is a very good phase. I have become more involved with Montana Tech because of you. You have been a big plus for Tech and I will miss you. Maybe we can hookup at Wise River for some fishing. If you have any good deals for purchase let me know. I love the area. If ever in the Atlanta area no need to spend money on a hotel just come and spend time with Helen and I. I will let you have free reign of the wine cellar. Best of luck in Mississippi and with your family. I love Mississippi having spent so much time in the State. Best of Luck, Dave Beard | Frank and Ann, I am sorry that I won't be able to attend your retirement event. You both provided me with encouragement when I was a student and after when I worked at the Foundation. You two were probably the best thing that happened to Tech and the Butte community. I hope that you enjoy your retirement and I want to wish you both all of the best. Ed Anderson

29: Thanks for all the good years. All the best in your retirement. Tom and Mary Dyk | Ann & Frank, Thank you for your dedication to Montana Tech and the entire Butte community. You have become Butte icons and you will be missed. Respectfully, Schylar & Doug

30: I would just like to thank Ann and Frank for all the wonderful memories! I will truly treasure all the times we spend decorating the house for parties, putting up Christmas ornaments and just trying to get the place clean! Ann, you're an incredible woman, I truly can say that I admire your spunk and your poise. Frank, I respect you so very much. I am greatly inspired by all your accomplishments, and by your continued spirit of victory during times of hardship and illness. It was a great honor working for you both, and I hope we will keep in touch for the years after we've parted. Thank you for having me for the last three years, and may God bless all your years to come. I'll keep you in my prayers, and I always look back and laugh at the time when the candles were too long... Ooops! Best Wishes, Ruthie

31: Thanks for all you have done for the Montana Tech family. Enjoy a well-deserved retirement! We love you guys; please stay in touch! Dale and Shirley Barnum | It has been a joy having you both be a part of our family. I will miss you both. I hope you enjoy your retirement and keep in touch. Just because you will be gone does not mean you will be forgotten. Take care! Mary Durkin | To very gracious lovely people -- it is always a pleasure to be around you! You always have a summer spot up on the Boulder when you get a few days. (and Bozeman too) Please come and enjoy with us. Lots of admiration and love, Don & Patty Cowles

32: We will miss you! | Congratulations! Your leadership at MT Tech and in our community is unmeasureable. Many blessings to you both. Gary and Jennifer Shea | Many thanks for your guidance and leadership, Frank Enjoy the cabin in the woods! John and Yvonne Metesh | I will miss you both so much! Have loved getting to know you over the years, and working with you. You are both always so warm and welcoming. Best of luck, and stay in touch! Susan Barth | With BEST WISHES for a GREAT retirement! With all our love!! Bill & Gloria Clark | Frank and Ann; Our very best wishes to you in your well-deserved retirement. Thank you for your unselfish service to Montana Tech and the Butte Community. Will & June Goldberg

33: Frank and Ann, By chance and just by chance, your name came up today and I visited the MT website. Congratulations on the time you both served at MT. What a tribute to have the center named in your honor. I also viewed your slideshow. Great slides. Tony & Carole McBride | Frank: It has been a rewarding experience for me through the years to work with you and your professional support of students, faculty, and staff at Montana Tech. You will be missed by the state, region, campus community and all your friends. You touched many lives while the Chancellor at Montana Tech. You will be missed. Mike Richardson | My dearest cousins, What a joy it has been to have you closer these last 13 years. It has been such a joy to watch and be a part of the progress and growth at Montana Tech. I've loved being able to stay in the beautiful Chancellor's home with you and watch the development of and the building of the lovely mountain house. Your retirement won't stop my visits to Montana or Mississippi. I feel so privileged to be a part of your lives and to share and observe your incredible accomplishments through the years. I know you will enjoy retirement and have even more interesting new ventures. I look forward to it. Thank you so for your love of family and all the support you have given me as well as all the extended family. I love you both. It will be such fun to be together for your retirement party. See you soon. Love, Tammie Collins

34: Enjoy | Retirement!! | Frank and Ann--I very much value your friendship and can guarantee you that in retirement every day is Saturday. At the risk of being a little sappy, here is a verse from Longfellow's "A Psalm of Life" which is one of my favorites: "Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time." Your footprints are all over Tech (and I mean that in a good way!) David Roll | Thank you so much for your friendship and academic leadership @ WVU Tech. Victor considered you one of his best friends. I will always cherish our friendship and the many trips we took together. Hopefully, in retirement we will be able to keep in closer contact. All the best on your well-deserved retirement, Rita K. Young | We are unable to attend the party tonight. Best wishes for your retirement, we are glad you will still "be around" part time!! We look forward to the B.I.L. party in August. Jinny and Ed Lisac | I first met this wonderful couple in 2005, soon after moving to Montana from New Jersey. Frank and Ann have always been the most hospitable people, eager to make newcomers into the community and university feel as welcome as if they had been here for years. This is a rare and priceless talent, which they both possess and use with abandon. It is a privilege to know such kind and good people, who always think of others before themselves. They are people we would all do well to model ourselves and our world after. I wish them both the very best in their new ventures! Cordially, Elton Smith

35: A sad time, a joyous time, a great friendship. You guys guys rock. Bado | Dear Mr. and Mrs. Gilmore, Thank you for the great years at Tech! I've greatly enjoyed my time here. Thanks Again, Kevin Tweten | Dear Frank and Ann: We want to wish you out best wishes and good health for the future. Thank you for all you do for Butte. John & Sharon Chebul | You will both be missed in more ways than you can know. Enjoy retirement and keep in touch. You deserve the best!! Connie Daugherty | One of my more favorite memories of Frank occurred before he even arrived on campus. I was involved with Sigma Xi and was helping to resurrect its presence on campus. Frank, of course, has been there and done that for Sigma Xi. He was anxious though to get to the Annual Meeting which was being held in Vancouver, BC. He commented we should drive together but I know he thought we "just" had to drive across 2 states to get there. I was giggling like crazy but I didn't quite know how to tell my new boss that he was crazy because it was anywhere between 15-20 hours away depending on how fast we went and how many stops we took. I told him anyways and he apologized for his East Coast thinking. Yes, we flew together. Of course, no apologies were necessary but I still giggle at that memory and I am sure he does too. Thanks Frank and Ann. All the best to you two. May you have the peace and solitude that you both deserve! Courtney Young

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