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College Recognizes Commitment

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  • Appearing here are (front, left to right): Marty McGrath, Carroll Shearer, Peggy Bender, Susie Bashore, Ronald Kennard and Virginia West. (Back, left to right): Lynn M. Brooks, Randall Zerr, Sally Balman, Katherine McClelland, Charles Francos Jr., John Campbell and Theodore Schmid.

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  • Provost Ann Steiner (right) congratulates Jay Anderson, who appeared at the ceremony remotely via Apple iChat, from Bolzano, Italy.

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:

  • - Susie Bashore, dining services;
  • - Peggy Bender, academic department coordinator in the Department of History;
  • - Lynn Matluck Brooks, the Arthur & Katherine Shadek Humanities Professor and chair of the Department of Theater, Dance & Film;
  • - John Campbell, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology;
  • - John Carbon, professor in the Department of Music;
  • - Charles Francos Jr., dining services;
  • - Linda Fritz, professor and chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy;
  • - Katharine Hockney, associate director of records management in Advancement;
  • - Dan Lewis, manager of housekeeping and college house facilities in Facilities & Operations;
  • - Katherine McClelland, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology;
  • - Marty McGrath, assistant director of facilities and operations services and events management in Facilities & Operations;
  • - Theodore Schmid, manager of landscaping and grounds in Facilities & Operations;
  • - Virginia West, costume designer with the Department of Theater, Dance & Film;
  • - Randall Zerr, groundskeeper in Facilities & Operations; and
  • - Cecile Zorach, professor in the Department of German & Russian.