To the surprise of no one, the recent retirement of Bob Olson after 35 years as UC Irvine director of athletic media relations, was handled without fanfare.
But few at UCI garnered as much respect and fondness from colleagues, friends and associates as the venerable veteran whose professionalism, understated humor and devotion to his job made him an institution at the school.
“He has been the quiet, steadying force for as long as anybody can remember,” said Stacey King, a colleague of Olson’s for 30 years. “Bob is just a solid human being. People liked Bob as a person, but everyone knew what a really good professional he was as well.”