Raphael DeBenito was hired in September 1971 and retired in May 1996, after 24 years of loyal service. He was one of the Pioneer Faculty at the temporary Serra Campus off Washington Boulevard in Fremont. He was also involved in the planning and the move to the permanent Fremont Campus on Mission Boulevard in 1974.
Raphael played a significant role in establishing and maintaining the quality of the offerings in the Spanish program. He was a valued colleague and made many contributions to the instruction programs.