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Campus Life May 10, 2016

College Bids Farewell to Seven Retiring Faculty Members

Sculpture of a heron outside the Lyman Conservatory

At the annual reception for retiring faculty members held earlier this month, President Kathleen McCartney thanked this year’s honorees for more than 176 combined years of service to the college.

“They leave remarkable legacies—inspiring classes, groundbreaking scholarship and dedicated service to our students,” McCartney told the audience of faculty colleagues gathered in Alumnae House Living Room for the event.

At the reception, toasts were offered in honor of the retiring faculty members by McCartney; Provost and Dean of the Faculty Katherine Rowe; Jesse Bellemare, assistant professor of biological sciences; Ann Leone, professor of French studies and landscape studies; William Oram, Helen Means Professor of English Language and Literature; and Daniel Gardner, Dwight W. Morrow Professor of History.

The seven Smith faculty members retiring this year are

Joan Berzoff, professor of social work;

Jane Bryden, Iva Dee Hiatt Professor of Music;

Steven M. Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government;

Michael Marcotrigiano, professor of biological sciences and director of the Smith Botanic Garden;

Catherine Nye, associate professor of social work;

Eric Reeves, professor of English language and literature; and

Marilyn Rhie, Jessie Wells Post Professor of Art and professor of East Asian studies.