Turning Points

CONFERRED Honorary degrees, at Bates’ 142nd Commencement, to: former Ford Foundation President Susan Berresford (Doctor of Humane Letters), groundbreaking RNA researcher Phillip Sharp (Doctor of Science), pioneering climate scientist Warren Washington (Doctor of Science), and Pauline Yu, scholar of Asian literature and American Council of Learned Societies president (Doctor of Letters). The four joined some 440 seniors in receiving degrees on May 25.

Camille Hazeur

APPOINTED As director of affirmative action and manager of institutional diversity projects, Camille Hazeur. Hazeur comes from George Mason University, where she worked as assistant to the president and director of equity and diversity services.

To the Board of Trustees: George W. Cole P’07, effective Feb. 2, 2008; Steven A. Brown ’69, Sarah Risley Pearson ’75, and Jeremy M. Sclar ’88, all effective July 1.

AWARDED A Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to Jordan Williams ’07, who will use the $25,000 grant to research graffiti cultures in Germany, Brazil, and South Africa.

Fulbright Program grants of varying amounts to Dana Burgard ’08, who will teach English in Germany; Allison Caine ’07, for cultural research in Peru (see “Ends of a Campaign,” Fall 2006); Caitlin deWilde ’08, who will teach English in Belgium; and Brandt Miller ’08, to research concepts of masculinity in Mongolia (for related story, see page 12).

CONCLUDED Terms for Trustees Robert E. Burke ’59, Daniel E. Doyle Jr. ’72, P’02, Henry J. “Jack” Keigwin ’59, P’86, and E. Ward Smith P’01, effective June 30.

RETIRED Effective July 31: Robert Allison, a faculty member since 1980 and a professor of religion whose achievements include the development of a watermark database useful in researching Greek manuscripts; Melinda Harder, a faculty member since 1987 and a lecturer in mathematics specializing in the application of mathematical models to biology; Eli Minkoff, professor of biology, author of several textbooks and a member of the faculty since 1968; John “Jack” Pribram, a professor of physics instrumental in creating Bates’ environmental studies program, and a member of the faculty since 1970; Lewis Turlish, a faculty member since 1969 and a professor of English who had lived the material he taught in the course “Beatniks and Mandarins: A Literary and Cultural History of the American Fifties”; Anne Williams, professor of economics, a member of the faculty since 1980, and a nationally known authority on jigsaw puzzles.

  • Retirement offerings presented at the final 2008 Bates faculty meeting.

PREMIERED The English translation of Prah, a short play by György Spiró, considered Hungary’s leading contemporary playwright. Martin Andrucki, Charles A. Dana Professor of Theater, commissioned the translation. The play was performed in May by a Short Term theater workshop.

PUBLISHED Sprawling Places, a proposal for a more nuanced and complex view of such modern environments as strip malls and subdivisions, by David Kolb, Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of Philosophy (University of Georgia Press, 2008).

DECEASED Harold A. Bourget, a member of the Dining Services staff from 1985 through 1999, on March 14, at 74; Lawrence J. Flynn Jr., on April 22, at 76, a member of the Facility Services staff from 1979 until April 18 of this year; Ernest P. Muller, professor emeritus of history, April 1, at 89 (see obituary, page 57); Margaret G. Wing, a member of the Dining Services staff from 1988 until her death on March 1, at 85.