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May 13, 1999
Susan Beasy Latto, Director of Public Relations 218 726-8830


UMD has announced the retirement of ten faculty members. They include:

School of Fine Arts (SFA)
Robert E. Williams, professor of music, came to UMD in 1966 as an assistant professor of band and woodwinds. During his 33 years at UMD, he taught courses in woodwinds, orchestration, music appreciation, and was director of the UMD Varsity Band for 15 years. He also served as acting dean and associate dean of the School of Fine Arts, and acting head of the Music Department. He has performed as a distinguished clarinet soloist.

College of Science and Engineering (CSE)
John C. Green, professor of geology, came to UMD in September 1958. Along with teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students, Dr. Green's major research interests have been in the regional geology of the Northern Appalachians and the Lake Superior district, resulting in the publication of one book and many articles. His book is titled, Geology on Display, the Geology and Scenery of Minnesota's North Shore State Parks. He has been an active voice in environmental geology, in increasing the public's awareness of geologic surroundings and history, and in the preservation of significant natural areas for future generations. He held an NRC/NAS Senior Research Associateship in 1978-1979.

Lewis J. Oakland, assistant professor of physics, came to UMD in September 1962. He has played an important role in the education of physics teachers and in providing liaison with elementary and secondary physics programs throughout Minnesota. Oakland served as vice-president, program chair, and chair of the Minnesota Area Association of Physics Teachers. He was the UMD Coordinator of Engineering Programs prior to the development of four-year degree programs in engineering at UMD.

School of Business and Economics (SBE)
Joyce L. Grahn, professor of management studies, came to UMD in the fall 1989. She taught classes in principles of marketing and international marketing at the undergraduate level and marketing management in the M.B.A. program. Dr. Grahn is a past editor of The Journal of Midwest Marketing (currently renamed The Journal of Marketing Management). Her recent research interests have resulted in publications in Managerial and Decision Economics, Public Personnel Management, Psychological Reports, and the Journal of Teaching in International Business. She was a frequent presenter at conferences of the American Marketing Association and American Institute for Decision Sciences.

College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
Roger A. Fischer, professor of history, came to UMD in 1972. He chaired the Department of History from 1986 to 1993. He has authored two books: Tippecanoe and Trinkets Too: The Material Culture of American Presidential Campaigns, 1828-1984 and Them Damned Pictures: Explorations in American Political Cartoon Art, as well as numerous articles on American political history. Professor Fischer is a nationally recognized authority on Abraham Lincoln's presidency. He has been active in Minnesota state politics and is a frequent commentator and consultant on both regional and national political issues.

William A. Gibson, professor of composition, came to UMD in 1988. He brought his extensive knowledge of computer applications in the humanities and was instrumental in pioneering the integration of computers into the teaching of composition. He taught courses in restoration and 18th century British literature, Shakespeare, and Milton. Professor Gibson has played an active role with the Educational Testing Service, and was appointed to the College Board's committee charged with the development of SAT II writing tests for college-bound students.

College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP)
James S. Malosky, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation/football coach, came to UMD in 1958 in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He has taught a wide range of activity and theory classes and has shared his extensive knowledge of coaching. He has been an active member of the UMD coaching program whose faculty serve over 400 elementary and secondary licensure candidates. During his 40 year career as a winning UMD football coach, he has received ten "Coach of the Year" awards.

Donald K. Haynes, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation, came to UMD in 1982. During his 17 years at UMD, Dr. Haynes has taught many of the core courses of the health education major. He has mentored hundreds of students and has been instrumental in tracking a significant number of health education majors into graduate education. As the supervising faculty member of the health education internship program, Dr. Haynes was well-known by health education practitioners across the region.

Joann M. Johnson, professor of health, physical education and recreation, came to UMD in 1966. She was the 1993 recipient of the Horace T. Morse Minnesota Alumni Association Award for outstanding contributions to Undergraduate Education. Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous books, articles and workbooks. She has spent the last several years providing undergraduate students with the skills to engage in the research process.

UMD School of Medicine
Arthur G. Johnson, professor and head of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the UMD School of Medicine, came to UMD in 1978. He has taught undergraduate, graduate and medical school level microbiology and immunology courses. He has mentored 23 Ph.D. students, 28 Postdoctoral scholars, 4 medical students and 21 M.S. students. Dr. Johnson has received research support from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, National Institute of Aging, Office of Naval Research, and public and private foundations. He has served on many national committees and has consulted nationally and internationally. He has written numerous articles for scientific journals, chapters for books, and, in 1999, authored a review book titled High-Yield Immunology. He has been listed in Who's Who in America.

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