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Six faculty veterans retire

Do the math and you come up with 146 as the combined years of service for this year’s faculty retirees. They’ve men- tored freshmen, advised senior projects, and taught many thousands of Skidmore students in hundreds of courses and per- sonal consultations. Phyllis Roth came to Skid- more from Northeastern Uni- versity in 1976. Her research and teaching specialties in- cluded Nabokov, Austen, and Bram Stoker. She was dean of the faculty between 1990 and 2000, with a stint as acting president in 1993. She espe- cially relished the growth of Skidmore’s distinctive collabo- rative-research programs. Along with participating in such sum- mer collaborations, she super- vised academic-year students in creating library exhibits for her Austen seminars and for a Dracula retrospective. She has described herself over the years as “delightedly shifting, being transformed by the broadening opportunities and challenges at Skidmore.”

Skidmore faculty in 1983. A specialist in superconductivity, he taught advanced courses in electricity and magnetism and also enjoyed teaching liberal studies courses on the social and environmental aspects of nuclear technology. He was a key advisor to students interested in Skid-


Sue Bender started at Skid- more in 1980, while finishing her PhD at SUNY-Albany on prehistoric hunter-gatherers of the Tetons. She has a long list of publications on her archae - ology, some of it conducted with students in South Park, Colo., in Saratoga’s High Rock Park, and elsewhere. She served as associate dean of the faculty in 1998–2002. And she co- curated the Tang Museum’s in- terdisciplinary exhibition Map- ping Art and Science, which she cites as just one of the valued opportuni- ties that “grew out of collaborations with colleagues.” She has said, “My career has been full of work I never would have done had I been elsewhere, and never would have imagined.” Physicist Bill Standish taught at SUNY- Albany for five years before joining the


more’s joint engineering programs with other colleges, and he served as his depart- ment’s radiation-safety officer since 1984. Before Skidmore, Mary Correa, a grad-

uate of Yale School of Nursing and Purdue University’s business school, taught and worked in several hospitals. Then as a consultant and trainer, she helped organi-

zations to implement social- and health- policy initiatives and consulted for a major study of Illinois’s child and family services. She came to Skidmore’s business department in 1991, teaching organiza- tional theory and behavior, leadership dynamics, and various liberal studies courses. She has published pa- pers on bureaucracies, inter- group conflict, and human- services management, among other topics. Sue Van Hook managed the Nature Conservancy’s Lanphere- Christensen Dunes Preserve in California, where she studied mushrooms and other fungi and taught a range of audiences about the dune ecosystem. She was later director of land conser- vation and stewardship for the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. She started at Skidmore in 1992, teaching lab sections of biology courses and advising student re- search, especially in mycology. She also edited a book on Skid- more’s North Woods, created its Spirit in Nature meditation path in response to 9/11, and was an active leader of the Campus En- vironment Committee. Rob Linrothe, with a PhD from the University of Chicago, arrived at Skidmore in 1992. An expert on Asian art history, he spent many a summer studying remote temple murals and other art. Linrothe is the author of Ruthless Compassion: Wrathful Deities in Early Indo-Tibetan Eso- teric Buddhist Art and co-editor of Demonic Divine: Himalayan Art and Beyond. During a leave from teaching in 2002–04, he served as curator of Himalayan art at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, and in 2008 he received a fellowship from the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Full citations honoring these retirees are on the “Scopedish” blog. More profes- sors are set to retire soon; Scope will cover them next time. —SR







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