Happy Retirement, Luz

    Date Posted: 
    Monday, January 25, 2021

    After more than 34-years of service to the University of Arizona, Luz Palomarez, Special Assistant to the Dean of the Wyant College of Optical Sciences, announced her upcoming retirement. While everyone at the college is wishing her well, many are realizing how much she will be missed. After serving the offices of two deans of the Wyant College, Luz's help over the years will leave a lasting impact on the growth and evolution of the college. 

    However, the best way to share Luz's legacy is to share the notes from the friends she has made during her time here. 

    Thank you for all you have done at the Wyant College, Luz. You will be missed! But we are all happy to celebrate with you.



    From the Dean

    Luz, OSC has been very lucky to have a treasure like you contributing to our wellbeing every day, and in so, so many ways.  You have an uncanny ability to anticipate and manage through challenges before anyone even knows there’s an issue, and I have enjoyed working with you tremendously.  My dream is that you will wake up one morning soon and change your mind! 

    Best wishes for a great retirement enjoying more time for relaxation, fun and adventure with family and friends.


    From the Founding Dean

    I had the pleasure of working with Luz for almost 8 years—from 2004 until I retired as dean in 2012. During that time, she thoughtfully offered support on many of the requests that came across my desk. But what I remember most is her willingness and expertise in planning memorable events at the College.

    One particularly successful undertaking was the Nobel Laureate scientific symposium and 90th birthday celebration for Nicolaas Bloembergen in 2010. Luz managed to bring together 18 eminent laser pioneers and optical physicists, including three other Nobel Laureates—Roy Glauber, John Hall and Charles Townes. Believe me, this was no easy feat and she managed beautifully!

    Jim Wyant

    From College Staff and Faculty

    Happy retirement, Luz!  It has been wonderful working with you.   Beyond being talented and organized, you have been personable.  It’s time to enjoy the desert skies or wherever your passion takes you!
    Tom Milster

    Congratulations on your decision, and very best wishes for a happy retirement!  Thank you for the amazing support you’ve provided to our college, and for the invaluable help you’ve given me in navigating the institution.  Not to mention bailing me out all the times I’ve locked myself out of my office.
    Michael Hart

    Congratulations Luz, all the best wishes for your next set of adventures.
    Cindy R

    Congratulations on your retirement, Luz! You have set a great example for us in the office, and your positive attitude, guidance, and dedication is going to be greatly missed. Now it’s time to take some time for yourself! Wishing you a happy and healthy retirement, enjoy!
    Kristin Stone

    Dear Luz.
    Congratulations on your retirement!
    It has been my pleasure to have been able to interact with you over the years. You have always gone out of your way to help me when I would show up at your door. You will leave a very large void to fill throughout the College of Science and not just on the 7th floor. Your smile and helpfulness will be missed. I will miss you, and I wish you all the best for your new adventure.
    Warmest Regards,
    Carol Van Hoesen

    Luz, you were the very first person who I met when I visited the Wyant College of Optical Sciences in 2005. Your kind welcome and smile was my first impression of the college. You served all of us in an incredible way. We will never forget you. Thank you and I wish you happy and exciting future days.
    Dae Wook

    Luz, congratulations for reaching this milestone in your career; it has been rewarding working with you, as well as appreciating and enjoying your Luz!
    Jose Sasian

    Dear Luz,
    Thank you for all the services you have done for the college and everything you have done for my group.  You have always been my “go-to” person and you always have a solution ready. Your position is going to be very hard to fill and I am going to miss you dearly. I wish you the very best for your new chapter of life!

    Dear Luz: I’ll be missing you so much after all these years that we’ve known each other. It was wonderful to be able to stop by your office from time to time to test drive my latest jokes and entertaining stories, to see if I could get you to laugh at them. You never disappointed – even when you already knew the joke, or when I mangled the punchline! You’ve been a precious friend all along. Wishing you and your loved ones all the best in your retirement,
    Masud M.

    Best wishes for your new adventures and thank you for all your help, guidance and patience over the years. 
    Jim Schwiegerling

    Luz, It has been so good to work with you over so many years. I will miss you. Stay healthy and safe

    Dear Luz,
    You have been truly amazing to work with over the years.  Always helpful, always cheerful, and always knowledgeable. We will miss your steady hand on the rudder of the executive office.  I wish you all the best in retirement.  Now reach for your dreams – you deserve the best.

    Congratulations on your retirement. It was very nice to work with you. Your knowledge and contributions will surely be missed. May God bless this next phase of your life.
    Respectfully, Tammie

    Congratulations on your well earned retirement! It was a pleasure working with you.
    Justin Walker

    Thank you so much for all you have done for all of us who work in this college.  Please enjoy a happy and healthy retirement!
    Nik Anderson

    Dear Luz, I wanted to thank you for all the work you did on my behalf and for all of us at OSC. We will miss you :)  I wish you the best. 
    Miro K.

    It has been a pleasure getting to know you over the years.  I wish you the best of luck now and in the future.  Enjoy your retirement because you deserve it!  Thank you for all of your years of service to the University.

    Thanks for all the help while you were here. Best wishes for a great retirement
    Judith Su

    Luz, I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with you. You truly are the best! Happy Retirement!

    Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous retirement for many years to come.

    Congratulations on your retirement! I could tell you worked hard to keep everything running smoothly. I could always count on you to keep track of things, and it's been a pleasure working with you.
    Best regards,

    Congrats on your retirement Luz!  I will miss working with you and miss all of the ways in which you made so many things in the college get done smoothly and efficiently. And I will just all-around miss you!  Enjoy your retirement - I know you certainly will!   
    Brian Anderson

    With big congratulations on your retirement, thanks a lot for your support.
    Ron Liang

    Luz, thank you very much for all the help I got from you over the years, and all the best for your upcoming retirement!

    Luz - Congratulations, you won and beat me to the BIG R!!  It has been wonderful working with you over these many years.  Take care, and enjoy it all!!!
    John G

    Thank you for all of your wonderful years of service to our College.  Your professionalism, dedication, and devotion to your job have set a high standard for all of us to match.  Congratulations on your retirement!
    Mike Nofziger

    Dear Luz,
    What can I say except thanks for all the years of your cheerful smile, professional approach, and your patience keeping me on the straight and narrow when I was lost with an administrative task.  Interacting with you was always a pleasure and you will be sorely missed.  I wish you the best of luck in your new adventure in retirement.
    Best wishes

    Congratulations and much happiness to you in your retirement.  It has been a pleasure to work with you and get to know you during your time here in the college. 
    Sincerely, Laura

    Congratulations on your upcoming retirement!  34 years of hard work and dedication to UA/OSC is quite the achievement!  You should be very proud.
    Thank you for your continued support and assistance over the last five years I have been at OSC.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working with and learning from you. Thank you for your dedication to supporting, students, staff, faculty and colleagues across campus.  It is people like you who make the university a true community.  I sure hope you relax enjoy your upcoming retirement!  :) 
    Mark Rodriguez

    Best Wishes to you in your retirement!
    Anna Marie

    Congrats Luz – happy retirement – not that I or anyone else is immensely jealous of you.  Have a great time and feel free to come and rub it in anytime

    Luz, congratulations on getting out alive! I hope that your retirement is relaxing AND exciting in all the right ways. Best to you on all your future endeavors.
    Jen Garcia

    Hi Luz:
    In life, we all get those occasional opportunities to closely work with someone who leaves you awestruck by their incredible level of energy, enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism. Luz, you are that person to me. Yet, even better, I found a very special friend in you (and one that also enjoys oatmeal for lunch). It has been a tremendous pleasure and honor to work with you for so many years - and I will miss you much!
    Wishing you a very long, happy and fulfilling journey ahead.
    All my best,

    Wishing you a happy retirement.  You have been a wonderful supervisor and friend over the years and you will be greatly missed!  All the best and stay in touch.

    Luz, you've been one of those constants in the college since I came here 14 years ago. Always smiling and ready to help, and always knowing what to do! We’ll all miss you Luz. Thanks for all your help over the years.
    Jason Jones

    Congratulations! Your incomparable contributions to the College are so appreciated and will be missed. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement!  
    Best, Bob

    It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you and be a part of your team. You hold a wealth of knowledge that was a huge benefit to everyone that worked with you. Most importantly, your kindness and welcoming personality made this an even more enjoyable place to work. Enjoy your retirement and spend your time now focusing on yourself and things that truly make you happy!
    Jennifer Laing