Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Reading the lovely family tribute to Alex and Rita Nader, I remembered my experience with Alex Nader. I was teaching GED for the Welfare to Work Program and we were sharing use of the computers in the vocational building for half of our instructional time. It was a hot summer with temperatures at around 115 degrees. The thermostat to the air conditioning system for the entire building died and the maintenance department informed us that the system was very old and the parts needed to repair it were no longer available. We had a choice of having the air conditioning on 24/7 or turning it off. Since the computers could not be in the 115-degree environment, the air conditioning had to be left on to accommodate that need. Over several weeks of time, the poor people who worked in the building full time had resorted to wearing winter parkas, knit caps and woolen gloves. The women in my classroom simply could not tolerate the extreme cold.
I walked over to what was then the administration building to talk to Superintendent Nader about the problem. He listened, nodded and said, “I understand the problem and I know how to fix it.” His solution to having an air-conditioning system with a broken thermostat that could not be repaired was to request the maintenance staff to turn the system on and off manually at two-hour intervals throughout the day. They were to turn it off at the end of the day and arrive an hour before the start of the day to turn the system back on.
This worked very well. The maintenance department replaced the broken thermostat two days later. I have fond memories of that dignified, quiet man who did, indeed, understand the problem and knew how to fix it.
Yvonne Esther Johnson