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Old 03-01-2019, 10:00 AM
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Old 03-01-2019, 11:14 AM
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Can't see facebook at work.

I'm sad to see her go. However, she's earned a great retirement.
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She will be missed! I'm sure she's one of those Ellis Langford was referring to in The Rocketry Show when he was talking about long-term employees of Estes Industries that he and Bill Stine were telling "please, don't go!"

She was extremely helpful to me as I was digging through the history of the Alpha for the little affair we had about the Alpha 50th at the Museum of Flight in 2017.

I'm glad I got to see her briefly at NARAM last year.
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Anyone know how many years Mary has with Estes?

I met her briefly at NARAM-30 in '88 in Huntsville, which is comimg up on 31 years ago. She was not a 'new' employee even then. It seems like I recall references to her name in the NAR's Model Rocketeer magazine in the late 70s, but I could be mistaken on that point.

In any event, it would seem she has probably 35+ years at Estes, maybe even in the 40 year range.


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Anyone know how many years Mary has with Estes?



Per the Facebook post, 46.

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Originally Posted by Estes Industries on Facebook
March 1, 2019
Mary Roberts announces retirement.
Long time Estes Industries employee Mary Roberts retired today. Mary began her lifelong career at Estes in March of 1973. Her first job was working for Bob Cannon in Education Services stuffing and mailing educator packs. During her remarkable 46 years at Estes, Mary had many jobs including managing “Rocketeer Communications” where she answered consumer letters (she says this was her favorite position at Estes) , editing the “Model Rocket News”, judging the “Design of the Month” contest, running the EAC (Estes Aerospace Club) to her final position as Director of Technical Services where she oversaw all of the Legal, Regulatory and Compliance aspects of the company.
It is safe to say that in Mary’s numerous roles at Estes, she touched thousands (possibly tens of thousands) of our customers lives. She is an iconic figure to many Estes customers second only to our founder Vern Estes himself!
Mary’s uncle Sanford Byer was an engine machine operator on “Mabel” the first rotary machine built by Vern Estes in the early 1960’s. Her Aunt Eleanor Williams worked for Estes as a home worker and did piece work winding parachute shroud line bundles.
For many months now, Mary has been training Chandra Serfoss to assume her responsibilities at Estes. Chandra is Mary’s daughter and will continue the tradition Mary upheld for decades of creating exceptional customer experiences for Estes customers.
It is tough to say goodbye to such a wonderful employee. All of us here at Estes wish Mary and her husband of 49 years David a wonderful retirement full of travel and enjoyment of their grandchildren.
Mary wants to offer her thanks to all the friends she made through rocketry for their kindness and assistance over the years.


Those of us who were able to take the Estes tours at NARAM also got to meet Chandra.
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Mary Roberts is a "Steely-Eyed, Miniature Missile Woman" !
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