In a policy statement in 1991, President Gardner wrote about emeriti as follows::
Despite formal retirement, many [emeriti] are still among our most creative colleagues and continue to make major contributions in their fields. They, of course, continue to be members of the Academic Senate, their departments, and their disciplinary communities. Some are recalled to the University to teach, while many continue their scholarly or creative activities and their active service to the University. The University is eager to support their activities and to help assure that they continue to contribute actively to the intellectual enrichment of their campuses.
Accordingly, I request that you consider carefully the needs of productive emeritus professors in the allocation of available resources on your campus, and urge you to encourage their continued participation in the affairs of their departments. We collectively must resolve to search for ways to assure that the University continues to benefit from the intellectual contributions of these valued colleagues.
No scientist or scholar stands on his or her own. All stand on the shoulders of others and the work of predecessors. Everyone hopes to live to productive retirement and active departmental faculty should look forward to how they would wish to be regarded by their successors.