Trinity Honors 18 Retiring Faculty and Staff Members

Retiree Luncheon and Symposium for Librarian Richard Ross among Events Honoring Service to College

Hartford, CT, May 29, 2015 – During her first retiring staff and faculty celebration as president, Joanne Berger-Sweeney remarked that observing the recognition of retirees is a great way to understand an institution and the people who serve it. During the May 19 luncheon, she and the audience of retiring staff and faculty as well as their colleagues, friends, and family heard moving tributes to 18 retirees with more than 500 years of combined service to Trinity College.

Retirees were honored by their colleagues, who paid tribute to their collaborative spirit, professionalism, and invaluable friendship. Staff and faculty members alike were praised for their support of Trinity students and the entire College community.

Retiring faculty and staff members at the May 19
retirement celebration luncheon.
 Honored at the luncheon were W. Miller Brown, professor of philosophy; Cynthia Butos, principal lecturer in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric; Wendy DeLisa, associate director of human resources; Judy Dworin, professor of theater and dance; Katherine Hart, arts and humanities librarian; David Henderson, professor of chemistry; Drew Hyland, Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy; Doris Kammradt, collections, research, and instruction head librarian; Paul Lauter, Allan K. and Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of English; William Mace, professor of psychology; Carmen Montanez, admissions administrative assistant; Marilyn Murphy, Center for Urban and Global Studies office coordinator; Robin Sheppard, professor of physical education and associate director of athletics; and Lucille St. Germain, special events and calendar assistant. For photos from the luncheon, click here.

Also recognized, though not present, were Frederick Alford, dean of students; Rose Cosentino, Italy program operations coordinator; Larry Dow, dean of admissions and financial aid; and Librarian and College Professor Richard Ross, who was honored previously by a Barbieri Endowment symposium, “The Library & the Liberal Arts.”

The May 11 symposium brought friends and colleagues of Ross together to honor his 15 years of service to the College as well as the unique and important role the library plays on a campus like Trinity’s. Moderated by John Alcorn, principal lecturer in language and culture studies, the symposium began with short lectures by Barbara Benedict, Charles A. Dana Professor of English Literature (“Hidden Heroes: People & Print”); Howard DeLong, Brownell Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus (“A Lifelong Affair”); Jonathan Elukin, associate professor of history (“A Cornucopia of Rarities”); and Johannes Evelein, professor of language and culture studies (“Books in Exile”). The lectures were followed by remarks from Borden W. Painter, Jr., president and professor of history, emeritus, who recalled when he first met Ross as a member of the committee tasked with identifying the College’s new librarian in 2000. Painter also lauded the library itself, which Ross played an instrumental role in developing into the resource and centerpiece of campus that it is today.

Librarian and College Professor Richard Ross
 “I have a lot of memories of the library,” said Painter, “and in retirement, it’s still the place I come back to most frequently.”

Ross reflected on his experience over the last 15 years, including the library’s growth by 56,000 square feet into the Raether Library and Information Technology Center. Among the factors drawing Ross to Trinity were the opportunity to develop this state-of-the-art facility and the Watkinson Library, a collection of rare books on par with the best in the country.

Over those years, Ross and his colleagues have had a number of accomplishments that he pointed to with pride, not least of which is a collaboration with Wesleyan University and Connecticut College that allowed the three colleges to increase access to information even as the 2008 financial crisis strained budgets around the country. In 2007, The Princeton Review counted the library among the 17 best college libraries and, in 2011, the U.S. Federal Depository Library Program highlighted Trinity, saying, “The College and community should also be very proud of the library staff.”

Of that staff, Ross had nothing but praise.

“I’m so proud to have worked here and worked with these people,” he said.