Retirees Bulletin Board

2016 Reunion Photos!
Retirement Ceremonies
Special Announcements
Upcoming Events
Insurance/Benefits Updates 
TIAA-CREF Financial Services 
Library News
Health Improvement Program
   —SwRI Fitness Center
Volunteer Opportunities
RRA Activities and Other Special Events
RRA Happy Times
Institute Vehicle Sales
Just For Retirees
Special Lectures
Contact Information

Photos of Retirees 2016 Reunion
Photos of Retirees 2014 Reunion
Photos of Retirees 2012 Reunion
Photos of Retirees 2010 Reunion
Photos of Retirees 2008 Reunion

Retiree Opt Out card

Retirement Ceremonies


Steven MacLeod, an assistant director in the Powertrain Engineering Division (03), is retiring April 26 following nearly 21 years of service. There is no formal retirement ceremony.

William T. Roberds III, a staff engineer in the Applied Physics Division (14), is retiring April 27 following 31 years of service. There is no formal retirement ceremony.


Dr. Kwai Chan, an Institute scientist in the Materials Engineering Department (Mechanical Engineering Division, 18) is retiring May 31 following 35 years of service. There is no formal retirement ceremony.


Charles S. Butcher, a senior QA scientist in Institute Quality Systems (30), is retiring following 38 years of service. A ceremony will be held in his honor at 4 p.m. Friday, June 29, in the Cafeteria.

Alana Woods, a senior specialist in Media Production Services, is retiring following 40 years of service. A ceremony will be held in her honor at 4 p.m., Thursday, June 7, in the Cafeteria.


SwRI Retiree Michael D. Gehri died Friday, April 13. Gehri joined the SwRI staff in December 1980. At the time of his retirement in May 2003, he was a senior designer in the Defense and Intelligence Solutions Division (16) and remained a technical advisor from 2003-2009. While at SwRI, he was extensively involved in the design and development of DF systems in the VHF/UHF range. He was also a major contributor to the packaging concept and design layout of several extremely compact RF electronics packages, and a scaled down DF antenna for submarine applications. Gehri served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force from January 1960 until October 1980.

Arrangements are as follows:
Rosary: 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, TX
Funeral Mass: Noon, Wednesday, April 18, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Graveside Service: 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, May 1 (full military honors), Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road.

Obituary and guestbook available here.

SwRI retiree Oscar Lloyd Bendele died Tuesday, April 17. Bendele joined the SwRI staff in 1956. At the time of his retirement in August 1990, he was a supervisor in what was then the Automotive Products and Emissions Research Division (now Fuels and Lubricants Research Division, 08).

Arrangements are as follows.
Visitation: 6 p.m., Friday, April 20, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 13715 Riggs Road, Helotes, Texas
Rosary: 7 p.m., Friday, April 20, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Funeral
Mass: 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

Obituary available here.

Special Announcements

SwRI Retiree Receives Industry Award

Div 08 retiree Dr. Cliff Moses received an industry award from the UK based Energy Institute. This award is for his quarter century effort with the UK Ministry of Defense (SIC, UK spelling) Aviation Fuel Committee to make the use of alternative aviation turbine fuel a reality. This effort spanned the last years of his tenure at SwRI and his retired consultancy since. Ever proud of his years at SwRI, Cliff routinely introduces himself as a SwRI retiree.

The NEW SwRI Fitness Center

  • Register to become a member of the SwRI Fitness Center 
  • SwRI Seniors Group Exercise Class: The SwRI Fitness Center offers a group exercise class especially for SwRI Retirees to improve cardiovascular and muscular endurance as well as muscular strength, range of motion, and balance. This is a low to non-impact class making it safe for your active lifestyle. The class meets from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information about this and other classes, call the Fitness Center at 210 522 5100 or 5200.

Upcoming Events

SwRI Food Bank Volunteer Night

2nd Wednesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact Shane Siebenaler for more information.

  • April 11, 2018
  • May 9, 2018
  • June 13, 2018
  • July 11, 2018
  • August 8, 2018
  • September 12, 2018
  • October 10, 2018
  • November 14, 2018
  • December 12, 2018

SwRI Blood Drive Dates

  • April 12, 2018
  • June 7, 2018
  • August 16, 2018
  • October 18, 2018
  • December 13, 2018

Walk for Autism

Held 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st, in Helotes. Contact Shane Siebenaler if interested in volunteering.

Just For Retirees

Insurance/Benefits Updates

Plan Year 2018 Open Enrollment Guides are mailed to the last known mailing address on record.

Please make sure your address is current with SwRI Retiree Benefits. Call them at 210 522 2232 with any updates.

Open Enrollment Guide – 2018

2018 Summary of Benefits and Coverage (pre-65 plans)

Avesis Vision Care Evidence of Coverage

Delta Dental Retirees Plan Highlights

Delta Dental COBRA Plan Highlights

Delta Certificate - Pending

Delta Dental Claim Form

Express Scripts Formulary

Hartford Insurance Certificate of Plan Benefits (F Plan)

Hartford Insurance Certificate of Plan benefits (N Plan)


UHC Texas Premier Choice Certificate of Coverage

UHC Texas Premier Choice HDHP Certificate of Coverage

UHC Medicare Advantage Evidence of Coverage

UHC Medicare Advantage Formulary

VSP Vision Care Evidence of Coverage

Coverage options when you need Quick Care

The SwRI Retiree Benefits phone number is: 210 522 2232

Retiree benefits email is:  retireebenefits@swri.org

TIAA-CREF Financial Services

Please use the following number for assistance.


Library News

Love to Read? Interested in joining a book group? Share your thoughts with the Library!

The Slick Reads Book Club meets the third Tuesday of every month in the Library Reading Room from noon – 1:00 pm. If you’d like to join in the fun, or would like more information about this program, please contact the Library at 210 522 2125 or library@swri.org.

Slick Book Exchange

Next time you’re on campus, stop by the Thomas Baker Slick Memorial Library and visit the ‘Slick Book Exchange’ located in the Library Reading Room. Here’s how it works: come by the library anytime Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., drop off your gently used books and exchange them for the same number of books that are new-to-you. That’s all—it’s a one-for-one swap and there’s no need to check these books out or return them unless you want to swap again. Help build the book exchange collection by bringing in your gently used fiction, non-fiction and technical books and make sure to visit the exchange often as the selection will change frequently. For more information or questions, please contact the Library at 210 522 2125 or library@swri.org.

Health Improvement Program (HIP)

The SwRI Fitness Center

Register to become a member of the SwRI Fitness Center 

Class Registration Change: Please note that our access link for group exercise class registration for Retirees and Spouses is being revamped.

Please contact the SwRI Fitness Center and we will assist in getting you registered for your classes. Email or call 210 522 5100.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) season has kicked off, with 23 locations across San Antonio. Last year this program returned more than $70 million dollars to many of our friends and neighbors in San Antonio. VITA is available free of charge for individuals and households that earned up to $55,000 in total income last year. VITA volunteers electronically file basic federal income tax returns for families and individuals. This program is sponsored by the City of San Antonio, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and Catholic Charities. For more information or to find a nearby VITA site and its business hours, tax filers can go online to www.vitasa.org or call the United Way Helpline at 2-1-1.

RRA Activities and Other Special Events

Working Advantage
Use Code:  753933502

Use Code:  RRA2

Land’s End
Use Code:  53933502

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Sea World; Worlds of Discovery

Schlitterbahn Tickets:
Use Code:  201700290. New Braunfels Partner Resort Discounts are subject to availability. As inventory is limited during the water park season, book early! Once our occupancy reaches 85%, the Partner Discount is no longer available.

RRA Happy Times

April 2018 RRA Happy Times is available online.

We encourage you to ‘go green’ and view the Happy Times online. Send us a message and we’ll notify you when the Happy Times has been posted each month for your viewing pleasure.

Submit an ad for the Happy Times at rra@swri.org.

Institute Vehicle Sales

There are no announcements at this time.


How do you prefer to receive the Tech Today and Annual Report? View information here.

Special Lectures

There are no announcements at this time.

Contact Information

Retiree’s Hotline number 210 522 4580.

To submit Roadrunner news, contact Deborah Deffenbaugh 210 522 2046.

To update your address for Technology Today, Roadrunner, or Happy Times, contact
Bryan Dempsey 210 522 2711.

For Happy Times RRA ads or other information, contact JoLyn Swain 210 522 5100.