Marlys Pavel was hired in April 1967 as one of the original full-time faculty members at the college. As a Founding Faculty member, she was involved in preparing the science curriculum for the opening of classes in September 1967 at the temporary Serra Campus on Washington Boulevard in Fremont. She was also involved in the planning and opening of the science programs at the permanent Fremont Campus on Mission Boulevard. Marlys retired in May 2002, after 34 years of dedicated and accomplished service. Upon retirement, she was granted Emeritus status.
Marlys was instrumental in the establishment of the college’s life sciences curriculum, especially in biology. She developed and taught Ohlone college’s first courses in Microbiology, which were essential to the transfer mission of the college. She also created the Women’s Health course.
Marlys was the lead in developing and teaching the college’s first ecology courses. She participated in many conferences and seminars relating to ecology and ecological issues, such as the greenhouse effect.
Over her long and distinguished faculty career, Marlys served numerous college-wide committees. She was also active on committees to select new faculty in the math and science departments.
Marlys was held in highest esteem by administrators, colleagues and students.