More than 200 College employees turned out to honor four retiring staff members and one retiring member of the faculty during a ceremony on Thursday, May 7, in the Frey Auditorium of the Ann and Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building.
Another 15 were recognized for 25 years of service to the College.
President John Fry and other senior officers presented the 20 honorees with gifts in recognition of their service to Franklin & Marshall College.
Jay Anderson, the Richard S. and Ann B. Barshinger Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science, appeared at the ceremony remotely via Apple iChat from the Free University of Bolzano in Italy, where he is a visiting guest lecturer.
“Jay is a generous man who has given much to the computer science program and the College,” Provost Ann Steiner said. “He leaves behind a computer science program that is not only better than he inherited, but also better than we could have anticipated.”
Sally Balman joined the staff at Appel Health Services in 1993 and has made her mark on the campus by promoting health awareness, said Kent Trachte, dean of the College.
“She has contributed greatly to quality-improvement studies and risk management, been active in workplace safety and the College’s exposure-control plan and mentored student nurses. She brings her intelligence and commitment to all these tasks and enjoys tackling challenges,” Trachte said.
Ron Kennard came to F&M in 1987 as construction manager and was later promoted to director of construction services.
“While working on a new project, Ron often mused: 'I remember putting that wall up a few years ago and now we are taking it down.' Ron enjoyed watching projects evolve and especially enjoyed when they finished on budget and on schedule,” noted Keith Orris '81, vice president for administrative services and business, government and community relations.
As Business Office controller for 13 years, Paul Metzger oversaw the financial accounting for every penny that passed in or out of the College.
“During his tenure,” said Helen Bowman, vice president for finance, “he found time to share his knowledge with both colleagues and students. He participated in accounting and business classes during classroom discussions regarding financial statements. On a number of occasions he served as guest lecturer and discussed the College’s own financial statements.”
Carroll Shearer retired in July after more than 35 years with the College. He retired as the supervisory laboratory technician for the biology department. He oversaw what Steiner called the department’s “legendary Prep Room, an often hot and smelly place — hardly the kind of place work-study students would find attractive.”
“That’s why Carroll’s recruitment and supervision of student workers are perhaps his most remarkable contributions. With a management style that was firm, yet flexible, cheerful and respectful, he expected excellent work of his students, and he got it,” Steiner noted.
Those recognized for 25 years of distinguished service to the College include: