Olivares served in mutiple capacities at AMK for 37 years

Olivares served in mutiple capacities at AMK for 37 years

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Former faculty member, Dr. Alberto Olivares, received the Professor Emeritus status in December 2011, an honor for those who have served at Texas A&M University – Kingsville (AMK) for an extended period of time.
“The recognition of Professor Emeritus validates my dedicated service to the students and faculty of this great university,” Olivares said.
Olivares has contributed significantly for 37 years as a chemistry professor and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
He was born in Eagle Pass, TX, where he graduated from high school and met his wife, Norma Torralba.
Not only did Olivares meet the love of his life, but he also found his passion for chemistry. “The love of chemistry instilled in me by my high school chemistry teacher led to the profession,” Olivares said.
He graduated from Texas A&M University – College Station with his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in chemistry.
After he received his bachelor’s in 1964, he gained experience as a research chemist for Shell Chemical Company in Deer Park, TX.
In 1971, Olivares was offered a position as an assistant chemistry professor at TAMUK.
During his teaching career, he began research investigation in the liquid-liquid extraction of the Lanthanides using arsenic acids that led to several journal publications and theses.
He no longer engages in research after retiring in August 2008, but his research has provided education for future students.
“My previous research was funded by the Robert A. Welch Foundation for a period of 10 years. It provided assistance to several students so they could continue their bachelors in chemistry and continue on to doctoral studies,” Olivares said.
After 10 years of teaching chemistry, Olivares was promoted to Dean of the College of Graduate Studies in 1981.
“The scholarly prestige that can only be found in the graduate deanship led me to that administrative position,” Olivares said.
Former university archivist, Ms. Cecilia Hunter, informed Olivares that after he retired in 2008, his 27 years of tenure as dean was unprecedented at TAMUK.
Other than chemistry and teaching, he enjoys other pastimes outside of his career.
“My two hobbies are collecting guns and target shooting,” Olivares said.
After retiring, Olivares still resides in Kingsville and proudly looks back at his time at TAMUK.
“I truly miss the students and faculty, and the service I was always willing and able to provide them as a teacher and administrator,” Olivares said.

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