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June 16, 2004
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EMU grants emeritus status to 11 former faculty members

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to 11 former faculty members at its regular meeting June 15.

            To be awarded emeritus status, faculty must have served EMU for at least 15 years and be nominated for emeritus faculty status upon retirement. Faculty granted emeritus status are:

Robert Chew, (posthumously), professor, art (1969-2003). Chew died in February, 2003 after his 33 years of service to EMU. Chew exhibited his work locally, nationally and internationally. His special interests were in drawing, painting and printmaking. He also was extremely knowledgeable in the field of computer technology, and he developed one of the first web sites for the art department. Chew earned a bachelor’s degree from the Maryland Institute and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He later studied at the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico, where he earned the designation of master printer in lithography.

George S. Clark, (posthumously), associate professor, accounting and finance (1975-1999). Clark died in October, 1999 after 24 years of service to EMU. Clark was a lawyer and a certified public accountant, who taught the principles of tax and business tax planning to thousands of accounting and business majors. Clark earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, a law degree from the University of Michigan and a doctoral degree from Wayne State University.

Elton A. Devine, professor, accounting and finance (1976-2003). Devine, of Houston, Texas, retired Sept. 5, 2003, after 27 years of service to EMU. Devine was the department head of accounting and business from 1976-81, and the associate dean of the College of Business from 1987-92. He was very involved in campus and community activities and received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service in 1986. When he retired, Devine and his wife, Jo, set

up a scholarship in their name to benefit undergraduate accounting majors. Devine earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Mississippi and a doctoral degree from Louisiana State University.

• Ruth A. Hansen, professor, associated health professions, (1976-2004). Hansen, of Ypsilanti, retires Aug. 31, 2004, after 28 years of service to EMU. During her tenure, Hansen developed the post-professional master’s degree in occupational therapy, and served as the program coordinator, graduate coordinator, and department head of associated health professions. Her many awards include EMU’s Distinguished Faculty Award, 1994, and the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Award of Merit, 1996. Hansen earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Wayne State University.

Rachel Brett Harley, professor, music, (1969-2004). Harley, of Ypsilanti, retires in August 2004, after 35 years of service to EMU. Harley was a faculty member, undergraduate adviser, and chairperson of the general music education/music therapy program for many years. For more than 10 years, she also was a faculty member and adviser in the women’s studies program. Harley was instrumental in the reorganization of EMU’s affirmative action program. She served as the EMU-AAUP president and vice-president, and as a member of its executive committee, negotiating team and grievance review board. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina and a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan.

Oscar Henry, professor, music, (1968-2002). Henry, of Ypsilanti, retired June 30, 2002, after 34 years of service to EMU. Henry served EMU in many capacities. He was chairman of the vocal area for 12 years; director of the male glee club for four years; and taught courses in choral conducting, music appreciation and voice for 34 years. He also was a soloist and recitalist, giving concerts nationally and in Europe, South America and Africa. He appeared as a soloist with the Boston, Buffalo and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. Henry earned a bachelor’s degree from Fisk University, a master’s degree from Harvard University and a doctoral degree from Ohio State University.

Linda Kurtz, professor, social work (1989-2004). Kurtz, of Ann Arbor, retired April 30, 2004, after 15 years of service to EMU. Kurtz came to EMU to help develop the master’s in

social work program. She most recently was director of the undergraduate and graduate field education program. Kurtz was active in service activities within the department of social work, EMU and the community. She was vice president of the board of advisers for the Ann Arbor Housing Bureau for Seniors, and a member of the Washtenaw County Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Kurtz earned a bachelor’s degree from Washburn University, a master’s degree from the University of

Pittsburgh and a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia.

Gloria D. Neve, assistant professor, health, physical education, recreation and dance, (1969-2004). Neve, of Detroit, retires Aug. 31, 2004, after 35 years of service to EMU. Neve taught a variety of activity classes, coached two women’s sports and directed the intramural program.

She used her own time and funds to become instructor certified in CPR and advanced first aid, and became a water safety instructor and small craft instructor. She also was active with student advising and professional organizations. Neve earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University and a specialist of arts degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Carl F. Ojala, professor, geography and geology, (1970-2004). Ojala, of Ann Arbor, retires Aug. 31, 2004, after 34 years of service to EMU. Ojala was a demanding yet incredibly popular teacher, whose many campus awards include EMU’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching. Off campus, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration named him an environmental hero for having trained more than 400 weather spotters on behalf of the National Weather Service. Ojala earned a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University; and a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia.

Edward J. Szabo, professor, music, (1968-2004). Szabo, of Ann Arbor, retired Jan. 15, 2004, after 35 years of service to EMU. Szabo was the music director and conductor of the EMU-Civic Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the EMU Chamber Orchestra. He also served on many departmental, university, state, regional and national committees. Szabo earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the Julliard School of Music, a master’s degree from Columbia University and a doctoral degree from Columbia University.

Louis Thayer, professor, leadership and counseling (1969-2004). Thayer, of Saline,

retired in June 2004, after 36 years of service to EMU. Thayer contributed to the personal and intellectual development of many counseling students and counselors. He also provided invaluable mentoring to faculty and colleagues and outstanding service to the entire EMU community. Thayer earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Nebraska State University and a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois.

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