Fermilab employee Cheryl Bentham started at Fermilab on July 1, 1975, as a summer student. Four years later, she was offered a permanent position in the Housing Office, in September 1979. She has worked in the Housing Office since then.
Now she is retiring. Her last day is Oct. 22.
“I’m sure some people wonder how I could stay in the same position for so long, but I truly felt from the beginning this is where I wanted to be,” Bentham said. “I have enjoyed my co-workers, my supervisors and most of all the user community that I have worked with all this time.”
Bentham serves residents in laboratory on-site housing in myriad ways. She might deal with a roof replacement one minute, help a user needing assistance with an on-site housing reservation the next, and preparing a budget report a short time later.
Bentham cites her relationships with inspirational employees and especially users as the forces that have motivated her over the years. She says she has made friends with people around the world and has learned a great deal from everyone she meets.
During retirement, Bentham will enjoy spending more time in her gardens and continue volunteering as a Stephen minister at her church. She hopes that, once restrictions ease, she will be able to return to volunteer at Edward Hospital with her grand-dog, a trained therapy dog. She may also do some volunteer work with a local food bank or a therapeutic horseback riding program.
“I’m willing to consider many different things,” Bentham said. “I’m not concerned that I will be bored.”