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May 9, 2011
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UMD Announces Retirement of Six Faculty Members

The University of Minnesota Duluth has announced the retirement of six faculty members for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Retiring Faculty

Jeanne Doty, associate professor, Department of Music
Jeanne Doty has performed over 200 concerts during her tenure at UMD, including performances in Italy, Costa Rica, Finland, and Norway. Most recently she, together with her colleague Tracy Lipke-Perry, commissioned and premiered a piece by the American composer Libby Larsen (79 Fossil Gestures of Antonio Alberto de Biedma, March 2011). Her colleagues have described Doty as a person with "impeccable musicianship and stellar ensemble skills, as well as being a first-rate human being." She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree from Indiana University.

Mark A. Fugelso, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mark A. Fugelso is an internationally known expert on computer controlled cutter-grinding machinery. He earned a Ph.D. degree at the University of Wisconsin in 1978 under S.M. Wu. He also earned degrees at Stanford and the University of Minnesota. In 2002 he was the spark plug for the creation of the Mechanical Engineering program at UMD. Early in his career he worked as a rocket scientist at United Technology Center in California. He worked on the predecessors of the rocket engines that powered the space shuttle. He also has substantial experience as a consulting engineer for many organizations. Presently, he resides in Falmouth Maine.

John Fulkrod, track and cross country coach and professor, Department of Chemistry
John Fulkrod concluded a 43-year career of teaching chemistry and coaching cross country and track and field in January 2011. He first taught and coached for four years in high school in Illinois. After earning his graduate degree in chemistry, he taught various college chemistry courses at the University of Minnesota Waseca from Sept. 1971 until the campus closed in Aug. 1992. He also started the cross country and track programs at Waseca and coached the teams for 21 years. He came to UMD in Sept. 1992, taught freshman chemistry, and coached cross country and track.

Michael Linn, professor of Linguistics, Department of Writing Studies
Michael Linn came to UMD in 1977 after being tenured at Virginia Commonwealth University. He was promoted to associate professor in 1982 and to full professor in 1984. In his 34-year career, he edited and co-edited five books and wrote over 150 articles. He twice served on the English Language Commission and was a member of the board of directors of the National Council of Teachers of English. He was president of the American Dialect Society, vice president of the International Society of Dialectologists and Geolinguists, a distinguished scholar at the Hungarian Academy of Science and a lecturer at the Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Science. Linn was elected to the International Association of University of Professors of English, served on the editorial board of American Speech, and on the advisory boards for the Linguistic Atlases of the North Central States and the Atlantic States. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Russia and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Petrozavodsk University.

Henry Person, associate professor, Operations Management

Henry Person first joined UMD in 1974. In his 35 years at UMD, Person has taught courses in several areas making use of his interests in quantitative analysis, statistics, computer-based information systems, and operations management. He has chaired and served on the M.B.A. Committee, served as head of the (then) Department of Business Administration in the UMD School of Business and Economics (1982-84), and helped with the formation of the current Department of Finance and Management Information Sciences. Person received his Ph.D. in business (operations research) from the University of Kansas School of Business in 1974. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1980. In addition, he held visiting appointments at both the Kansas University School of Business (1976-77) and the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Public Administration (1979-80).

Edward K. Stauffer, associate professor, Physiology and Pharmacology

Edward K. Stauffer joined the UMD School of Medicine in August 1975, when the school was located in the Laboratory Building on the lower campus. Over his 36 years at UMD, he taught in the areas of membrane electrophysiology, neurotransmission, sensory and muscle physiology, and gastrointestinal physiology. His collaboration was instrumental in the design/creation of lecture and laboratory courses in physiology for undergraduates and graduates at UMD, and he served as course director for several of the courses. His research in the areas of the sensory mechanisms associated with the spinal regulation of muscle contraction; and the effects of the HIV virus on neuronal excitability resulted in numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and many presentations at national neuroscience meetings. Stauffer received his B.S. and M.S. in zoology/physiology from Utah State University and his Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Arizona. He and his wife, Regis (also retired from Communication Sciences and Disorders at UMD), plan to retire to Green Valley, Ariz. where he will assuage his addiction to golf.

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