The University Record, July 9, 2001

May Retirements

By Mary Jo Frank
Office of the Vice President for Communications

Twenty faculty members whose retirement memoirs were submitted for adoption in May were given the emeritus title by the Regents at their June meeting.

Those retiring are A. Adnan Aswad, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering; Richard L. Christiansen, professor of dentistry and former dean of the School of Dentistry; Jane Wilson Coon, assistant professor of nursing; Tom A. Croxton, professor of social work; Seyhan N. Ege, professor of chemistry;

Sidney Fine, the Andrew Dickson White Professor of History and professor of history; Charles D. Garvin, professor of social work; Adon A. Gordus, professor of chemistry; Peggie J. Hollingsworth, assistant research scientist; Nancy M. Houk, research scientist;

John W. Konnak, professor of surgery; William M. Marsh, professor of physical geography at the U-M-Flint; Gene M. Schramm, professor of Semitics; James H. Sherman, associate professor of physiology; Joan S. Stark, professor of education and former dean of the School of Education;

Benjamin A. Stolz, professor of Slavic languages and literatures; Thomas F. Storer, professor of mathematics; Charles Witke, professor of Greek and Latin; Lung Chiang Wu, associate professor of computer science at the U-M-Flint; and Mayer N. Zald, professor of sociology, of social work and of business administration.

Aswad, who joined the U-M-Dearborn faculty as a lecturer in 1965, was promoted to associate professor in 1972 and professor in 1983. He also served as chair of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering 1972–83 and was associate dean of what was then known as the School of Engineering 1983–88. “Professor Aswad is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading authority on quality function deployment and quality systems,” the Regents noted.

Christiansen, who joined the School of Dentistry in 1982, served as dean until 1987. He directed the School’s W.K. Kellogg Foundation Institute for Graduate and Postgraduate Dentistry and served on the governing board of the International Institute and on Senate Assembly. “During his tenure as dean, Dr. Christiansen initiated relationships with nine foreign schools of oral health. He was involved in the establishment of the International Union of Schools of Oral Health in 1985,” the Regents said.

Coon, a member of the School of Nursing faculty since 1968, was promoted to assistant professor in 1969. She taught at the University of Toronto 1971–83, returning to the U-M as an assistant professor in 1986. She coordinated the classes “Client Care Management in Health Care Systems” and “Professional Nursing Practice” from 1992 until she retired. In addition to being active on many faculty committees and student thesis projects, the Regents said, she “has made numerous presentations, has done extensive research on cardiac issues, and has authored many books and journal articles.”

Croxton, who joined the School of Social Work as an assistant professor in 1964, was promoted to associate professor in 1968 and professor in 1975. He served as acting associate dean 1976–77 and as director of admissions for four years beginning in 1981. “His research focused on law and social work in the practice areas of child welfare, mental and physical health, education, child custody, and juvenile justice,” the Regents said.

Ege joined the faculty in 1965 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1967, associate professor in 1970 and professor in 1980. Ege, designated an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in 1990, “has been the creator, driving force and leading spirit behind the chemistry department’s new curriculum initiative,” the Regents said. “She is known and respected internationally as a leader in chemical education for her role in the new curriculum design and change.”

Fine, a member of the faculty for 53 years, “has been an exemplary scholar, teacher and colleague. He is an outstanding teacher in American labor history and is the foremost scholar of the social and political history of Michigan,” the Regents noted. Fine received the University’s Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 1969. He also is the only faculty member to be named a Henry Russel Lecturer and to receive the Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching.

Garvin, who joined the faculty as an assistant professor of social work in 1965, was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and professor in 1972. He served on the School of Social Work executive committee and directed the doctoral program. “Prof. Garvin has taught an extraordinary range of courses in social work, including intervention methods with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, as well as courses on human behavior and the social environment and recently, international social work,” the Regents stated.

Gordus, a member of the faculty since 1957, was promoted to assistant professor in 1960, associate professor in 1964 and professor in 1970. He is known for his research in neutron activation analysis and for his outstanding teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students. In recognizing Gordus, the Regents noted, “He was among the first to introduce the use of personal computers to students and developed a set of applications for the exploration of statistical treatment of analytical data in ordinary spreadsheets.”

Hollingsworth, who joined the faculty as a research investigator in the Department of Pharmacology in 1982, was promoted to assistant research scientist in 1985. She also served as an assistant research scientist in the Toxicology Research Labs in the School of Public Health. “Dr. Hollingsworth has an outstanding service record, both within the University community and at the national level,” the Regents said. “She served as chair of SACUA in the 1990–91 academic year, and during that time, she was also president of Sigma Xi.” She was awarded the Academic Women’s Caucus Sarah Goddard Power Award, the Association of Black Professionals and Administrators Appreciation Award, and the Distinguished Faculty Governance Award.”

Houk, a member of the astronomy department since 1970, “conceived and carried out the monumental task of classifying some 200,000 stars from the Henry Draper Catalogue,” the Regents said. “These classifications were made on the modern two-dimensional system, which provides a measure of both the surface temperature of a star and its intrinsic luminosity.” More than 100 graduate and undergraduate students were introduced to research as members of her research team.

Konnak joined the Medical School faculty in 1969 as an instructor and was promoted to assistant professor in 1971, associate professor in 1974 and professor in 1982. “During his career, he trained numerous residents who are now scattered throughout the country in various academic and private practices,” the Regents said. “He was a recipient of the Silver Cystoscope Award and Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to resident

education and growth of the Section of Urology.”

Marsh, who joined the Flint faculty as a lecturer in the Department of Earth and Resource Science in 1970, served as department chair for more than 25 years. Marsh’s “work involved three disciplines: geomorphology, landscape architecture and environmental planning, and his contributions at the point where these three fields overlap have made a vital difference in professional practice in landscape architecture,” the Regents noted.

Schramm, who joined the faculty as an associate professor in 1965, was promoted to professor in 1971. “Prof. Schramm is one of the leading Semitists and linguistic theorists who made striking discoveries in comparative Semitic phonology, Hebrew and Arabic verbal syntax and semantics, dialect geography, and linguistic-literary analysis of Hebrew,” the Regents said.

Sherman, whose research focused on amino acid transport, began his career as an instructor in physiology in 1964. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1966 and associate professor in 1971 and served as assistant director of the Office of Allied Health Education in the Department of Postgraduate Medicine 1972–77. “Prof. Sherman served on many committees involved in planning and administering the preclinical medical curriculum and was well known for his efforts in helping graduate students to become good teachers,” the Regents noted.

Stark, who joined the School of Education as dean and professor in 1978, served as dean until 1983. She directed the National Center for Research to Improve Post Secondary Teaching and Learning 1986–91. “She has done extensive research and published widely on issues related to college curriculum, curriculum leadership, and teaching and learning in higher education,” the Regents said.

Stolz joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1964 and was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and professor in 1973. The Regents said, “Prof. Stolz’s research interests and resulting publications are broad, ranging from the formation of South Slavic literary languages to South Slavic oral folklore (including the epic). A well-received translation and critical edition of the 16th-century manuscript Konstantin Mihailovic Turkish Chronicle is just one of his many remarkable South Slavic projects.”

Storer, whose research area was primarily in combinatorics, joined the U-M as a T.H. Hildebrandt Research Instructor in 1965 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1967, associate professor in 1970 and professor in 1979. “Prof. Storer was an outstanding teacher, especially of honors students,” the Regents noted. “A firm believer that students will respond to challenges, his courses were among the most rigorous, but his distinctive teaching style, coupled with great intellectual excitement, drew students to his classes and led them to take additional courses from him.”

Witke, who joined the faculty as a professor of classical studies and director of the Program in Comparative Literature in 1971, also served as associate dean of LS&A 1971–74 and as a member of the College’s executive committee 1975–78. “Prof Witke,” the Regents said, “is well known for his work on Latin literature, in which he has published extensively. The books for which he is sure to be remembered are his fine studies of the Roman satirists: Lucilius, Horace and Juvenal. He focused much of his later research on texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, where his publications cover a broad range, including Latin paleography and the history of Western Christian church.”

Wu worked in industry and for the state of Michigan before joining the U-M-Flint faculty as an associate professor of computer science in 1981. He served as department chair 1986–89 and 1998–99. Wu is a recognized expert in using operations research models to model manufacturing operations.

Zald, who joined the U-M faculty as a professor of sociology and of social work in 1977, served as chair of the sociology department 1981–86 and 1990–92. He was appointed professor of business administration in 1989. “A superb and highly original researcher, Prof. Zald is the author or editor of some 20 books and edited collections and nearly 80 articles, book chapters and review essays,” the Regents said. “His work spans the fields of organizational studies, collective behavior and social theory, and he has made lasting and distinguished contributions in each area.”