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Mary Allen Watson, who retired in 2013 at the age of 61, was last employed as a Professor in the WESTFIELD STATE UNIVERSITY department, under agency code 201. Her total creditable service at retirement was 140602.00, and her average salary was 73936.47. Her annual pension in 2016 was 23683.68, while her monthly pension was 1973.64. Her retirement type was SA, and her PERSON ID was 329968. The transaction number associated with her retirement is 70283397.

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ALLPENSIONS null 2016-11-30T18:14:04.000Z Search

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329968140602.00WESTFIELD STATE UNIVERSITY2017028339723683.682016WATSONMARY ALLEN2013-03-01T00:00:00.000PROFESSOR73936.47611973.64SA
210822HOLYOKE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 4490529960559.442016MCKENNA-ALLEN MARY 2011-06-30T00:00:00.000Teacher 5046.62
123398NEEDHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2628398738521.562016ALLEN MARIE B 2007-06-30T00:00:00.000Business Administrat3210.13
74137340321.00DEP9591579139477419.442016ALLENANN MARIE2015-06-30T00:00:00.000PROGRAM MANAGER SPECIALIST VII96286.78596451.62SA
2601111121.00ATTORNEY GENERAL5055422619918.322016ALLENMARY1994-05-26T00:00:00.00066956.18561659.86SA
295830250323.00DEPT. OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT9646301200328240.562016ALLENMARY2015-02-18T00:00:00.000HEARINGS STENOGRAPHER61277.42582353.38SA
238684170706.00UNIV. OF MASS/DARTMOUTH CAMPUS12745083990523092.082016ALLENMARY2011-12-16T00:00:00.00048982.89651924.34SA


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      "annual_pension": "23683.68",
      "year": "2016",
      "last_name": "WATSON",
      "first_name": "MARY ALLEN",
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      "title_at_retirement": "PROFESSOR",
      "average_salary": "73936.47",
      "age_at_retirement": "61",
      "monthly_pension": "1973.64",
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   },
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      "annual_pension": "60559.44",
      "year": "2016",
      "last_name": "MCKENNA-ALLEN                 ",
      "first_name": "MARY                          ",
      "date_of_retirement": "2011-06-30T00:00:00.000",
      "title_at_retirement": "Teacher             ",
      "monthly_pension": "5046.62"
   },
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      "department_last_worked_in": "NEEDHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS                  ",
      "trans_no": "26283987",
      "annual_pension": "38521.56",
      "year": "2016",
      "last_name": "ALLEN                         ",
      "first_name": "MARIE B                       ",
      "date_of_retirement": "2007-06-30T00:00:00.000",
      "title_at_retirement": "Business Administrat",
      "monthly_pension": "3210.13"
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      "annual_pension": "28240.56",
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      "age_at_retirement": "58",
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    debug: columns: name:
    [
   "AGE AT RETIREMENT",
   "AGENCY LAST WORKED IN",
   "ANNUAL PENSION",
   "AVERAGE SALARY",
   "CREDITABLE SERVICE",
   "DATE OF RETIREMENT",
   "DEPARTMENT LAST WORKED IN",
   "FIRST NAME",
   "LAST NAME",
   "MIDDLE INITIAL",
   "MONTHLY PENSION",
   "PERSON ID",
   "TITLE AT RETIREMENT",
   "TRANS NO",
   "TYPE OF RETIREMENT",
   "YEAR"
]

    debug: columns: type:
    [
   "Calendar date",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text"
]