Trung Nguyen, Lake Anne’s
Maintenance Supervisor, is RCC’s Renaissance man.
Affectionately known as “Mr. T,” he is an avid gardener,
photographer, tropical fish fancier, singer/songwriter and sound
engineer. Though English is not his first language, it proves
no barrier to his keen wit and infectious sense of fun.
his native Viet Nam, Mr. T was a professional sound and recording
engineer and an avid amateur musician. He was a
singer/songwriter who sang and played keyboards, guitar, bass and
drums in a duo with his wife.
the Viet Nam war ended, Mr. T and his family were sent to
reeducation camps. They spent the next 10 years trying to
escape from Viet Nam. During this time, Mr. T’s son, Tony,
went alone to the U.S. at the age of seven to live with relatives
who sponsored his immigration. It was to be 11 years before
Mr. T and his son were reunited.
10 years of failed escape attempts, Mr. T. decided that the danger
was too great a burden on his family. He redirected his
efforts to an attempt to leave the country legally. The
paperwork for exit visas took seven more years to obtain.
and his wife and daughter arrived in the U.S. in June 1995.
After two weeks in the U.S., Mr. T was hired to work in building
maintenance and electricity for Erols. Later he became
Facilities and Mailroom Coordinator and stayed with the company
until it moved to Princeton, NJ. Mr. T found a job at RCC and
began working in RCC’s Maintenance Department in April,
T, who recently celebrated his 34th anniversary, says that he’s got
a child in software and one in hardware. His son, Tony, is a
Computer Systems Information engineer, while his daughter Vi has a
career in Information Technology with Booze Allen.
T’s latest project is inspired by his hobby, collecting rare
tropical fish. He is in the process of designing a super
low-maintenance, low-cost, salt water fish tank that will make it
possible for people of modest means to own exotic salt water
fish. The tank will be more than just a fish bowl; it will
mimic an entire reef system with the waves, lighting, temperature
and ph levels of the fishes’ natural habitat.
asked what he likes best about his work, Mr. T says,
"I love this job
because I meet artists and enjoy their work—their paintings, the
music—and I see them at work. I enjoy seeing the kids playing
and dancing. It’s lovely…I want to thank everyone on the staff
for being very helpful—special thanks to the PICs at Lake Anne for
all the help they give maintenance staff."