The University is saying farewell to 12 faculty members this academic year — eight of whom were granted Faculty Emerita or Emeritus status at the May commencement. Collectively, they have served St. Kate's for nearly 300 years. (Two faculty leaders, Toné Blechert and Alice Swan, are featured in this issue, on page 20.) At a ceremony and celebration May 3, St. Catherine President Andrea Lee, IHM, offered personal reflections about each retiree. — Pauline Oo
Mary Wagner '69, professor emerita of library and information science, 37 years of service. She established the library science program and was department chair for 16 years. She also directed the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program for nearly a decade.
Terrence Flower, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, 33 years of service. He flew high-performance fighter jets in the U.S. Air Force prior to becoming chair of the physics department in 1979. He was also St. Kate's Endowed Professor of Science and principal investigator in the NASA Minnesota Space Grant Consortium.
Thomas West, professor emeritus of theology, 33 years of service. He has served as program director for the Master of Arts in Theology, chair of the theology department and Sister Mona Riley Endowed Chair in the Humanities. He pioneered the Global Search for Justice core course in 1984 with a team-taught class in Latin America.
William Myers, professor emeritus of philosophy, 32 years of service. He has served as chair of the philosophy department and the Sister Mona Riley Endowed Chair in the Humanities. He invented and taught some of St. Kate's most popular and rigorous philosophy courses, including "Philosophy and Human Life."
Adele Marie Rothan, CSJ, professor emerita of mathematics, 27 years of service. She has been department chair and co-chair. She and St. Kate's Founding Mother of Mathematics, Seraphim Gibbons, CSJ, were close friends for nearly 20 years, until Sister Seraphim's death in 2003.
Patricia Dunlop, professor emerita of chemistry, 26 years of service. She is co-principal investigator on St. Kate's National Science Foundation–fundedS-STEM grants that provide student scholarships. She is also a longtime president of the University's Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
Kay Vander Vort '75, MA'89, director of the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program, 23 years of service. She was a founder and co-leader of the monthly Theological Insights program.
Michael Dorer, director and associate professor, Center for Contemporary Montessori Programs, joined the St. Catherine faculty in 1985. He is a sought-after consultant, specializing in Montessori teacher education, curriculum and materials, best practices and parent education.
Susan Johnson, assistant professor emerita of nursing, 13 years of service. Recently, she helped lay groundwork for current improvements to student learning and program outcomes.
Susan Shoemaker, associate professor of library and information science, 6 years of service. In addition to teaching and mentoring, she has provided service-learning and community-engagement experiences for students. — Pauline Oo