Loraine Simler of Dearborn is retiring this month from Meritor in Troy where she has worked since 1946. She is 83 years old, is sharp as a tack, and is (reluctantly) hanging up her hat, so she can help take care of her sister.
How has she survived the office politics, the bosses, the gossip, and the typewriter-computer-revolution over the last 65 years? She admits she’s “a pretty tough broad.”
“Basically, I minded my own business,” Simler says. “Anybody asked me to do something, I did it. I never said no.”
And she says she was lucky enough to work for bosses she admired, and with staffers she loves.
“I can honestly say I never had a fight or any kind of anything that would upset the cart with anybody. We learned to get along.”
Simler (who started out as a file clerk) was the first Meritor employee to get an electric typewriter and was the company’s first female manager.
I loved meeting Loraine. She is smart, and funny and feisty. She’s not shy. She IS a “tough broad”…but a lovable one. A lady. She is beautiful. I want to be her someday.
Meritor notified its 11,000 employees in 19 countries that today is Loraine Simler Day.
She deserves it!
Good luck in retirement, Loraine. (Maybe I should say “semi-retirement. She confesses she may pick up a part-time job.)