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Distributed July 2, 1998
Contact: Tracie Sweeney

Fall River brothers receive Outstanding Employee Award at Brown

Richard Lopes and Lewis "Roy" Lopes of Fall River, Mass., custodians in the Brown Bookstore, are the recipients of Brown University's first Plant Operations Outstanding Employee Award.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Richard "Rick" Lopes and Lewis "Roy" Lopes of Fall River, Mass., are the first recipients of Brown University's new Plant Operations Outstanding Employee Award.

The Lopeses, custodians in the Brown Bookstore, are among the University's 325 Plant Operations employees. President E. Gordon Gee, accompanied by Walter Holmes, vice president of administration; Dorothy Renaghan, associate vice president for facilities management; and members of the Lopeses' families surprised the brothers with the award during a noontime visit to the brothers' work site Friday, June 26.

The award is presented to a Plant Operations employee who demonstrates outstanding performance and quality service. Many of the people who nominated the pair ("I can't nominate one without the other because they are a team," wrote one person) cited the brothers for their dedication, their willingness to go the extra mile, the pride they take in their work, and their honesty. Richard Lopes has worked at the University since December 1977; Roy Lopes has worked at Brown since March 1978.

Some comments from those who nominated the brothers: