AMIRA KHATTAB RETIRING AFTER 50 YEARS OF DEDICATION TO ARCE Find us
I am happy to announce my retirement from my job as ARCE Deputy Director at the end of June, 2016, after a period of half a century of service at ARCE. In fact in 2003, thirteen years ago, I had wished and planned to retire. It was just at the time when the new ARCE Director, Dr. Gerry Scott and his wife Kathleen, had just arrived in Cairo. At our first meeting I felt almost hypnotized by them and could not refuse their request to forget about my retirement and continue working at ARCE under Dr. Scott’s directorship. At that time I did not expect to continue working for thirteen more years, but I was attached to ARCE and was indeed pleased every time I knew that my contract had been renewed for one more year. Because of my eternal loyalty to ARCE, and because I felt I was appreciated and needed it was always my pleasure to continue working and thank God, I have continued to complete 50 years with ARCE.
When I first started working at ARCE as secretary-bookkeeper, I learned to perform new and sometimes complex duties, but through the long years I gained great experience handling different jobs and working with so many different ministries and ministers. Over the long years I won the respect of government officials, made wonderful friends and have felt greatly loved. Many of these wonderful friends and I have grown together through the years.
I am pleased to say that when I leave ARCE, I will take with me memories of the wonderful people; first, the kind ARCE Director and his lovely wife, my colleagues in the ARCE San Antonio office, and the wonderful Egyptian and foreign Cairo office staff who I loved so much and will miss greatly. Of course I will also miss all the Field Directors of the expeditions who have appreciated my services and have always been kind, generous, and loving for these many long years.
Amira Khattab in 1966 when she began her career at ARCE
In the short term, I’ve been offered a job in England by one of my nephews, but have declined in order to pursue a chance to travel to Eastern Europe to relax at a fabulous spa for a change of scenery. But, my greatest wish is to see and welcome my beloved friends in my home following my retirement and to see ARCE flourish in the years to come.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
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