Column Eight: Numbers 169 to 193
1. Barbara Millard (1943 - 2009)
Dr. Millard joined English Department in 1972, beginning a stellar career spanning three decades. After receiving her Ph.D. from University of Delaware in 1974, she was engaged in a variety of activities both in and outside the classroom, achieving a number of notable achievements. Her teaching, scholarship, and service to La Salle ultimately resulted in her promotion to Professor in 1984, at that time only the second woman to do so. In 1985 she received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Later that same year she was elected President of Faculty Senate, the first woman in that position. She was appointed Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in 1993, not only the first woman, but the first person other than a Christian Brother to hold this position. Other notable achievements were: Co-founder of the Building Blocks Child Development Center in 1973, and serving as the President of its Board (1973-1975); one of the first professors at La Salle to initiate a travel study for students; creator of a network of women on campus that later led to the establishment of the women's studies program, becoming Director of Women's Studies Program in 1991. She went to "partial retirement" in 2002 and retired completely from La Salle in 2007. She died on June 1, 2009.
2. Joseph V. Brogan (1950 - 2009)
Having graduated magna cum laude from La Salle in 1972, Dr. Brogan received a Ph.D. from Notre Dame, May 1980. His dissertation merited the 1980 Leo Strauss Award for Best Dissertation in Political Philosophy from American Political Science Association. After teaching part-time in the Political Science and Humanities Departments at La Salle, and serving as Director of Admissions for Evening Division, Joe joined the faculty fulltime in 1987. A notable career followed: promotion to Associate Professor, Chair of Political Science Department for eight years, and receipt of the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1993. He was also a member, and later an officer of the Faculty Senate. Despite a busy career at La Salle he still found time to publish a textbook, Constitutional Law in the United States. He remained an active member of Department until death on October 7, 2009.
3. Domenico DiMarco (1920 - 2009)
Following service in the Italian Army during World War II, Dr. DiMarco earned a doctorate in classics at the University of Rome in 1945. He came to La Salle in 1954, where he taught Italian, Latin, Greek, Spanish, and also Art History. He was tenured in 1968, having been promoted to Assistant Professor in 1957 and Associate Professor in 1963. He retired in 2005, having been a member of the faculty for over 50 years. He died November 4, 2009.
4. Charles A. J. Halpin (1921 - 2009)
Having graduated from La Salle in 1943, Professor Halpin earned a Master's from the Wharton School and subsequently a law degree. Beginning in 1946, he taught labor relations and management at La Salle for 55 years, one of the longest-serving faculty, only retiring at age 80! He received a number of recognitions during his career at La Salle: Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award (1965); induction into the Alpha Epsilon Honor Society (1966), promotion to Full Professor (also 1966); election as the first President of the Faculty Senate (also 1966). Following his retirement he was named "Professor Emeritus." He died November 15, 2009.
5. Prafulla N. Joglekar(1947 - 2009)
Born in India in 1947, Dr. Joglekar received his bachelor's and MBA degrees in India. He came to the United States in the early 1970s to attend the Wharton School, where he completed a Ph.D. in operations research in 1978. In 1972 he started teaching in the Management Department at La Salle and was named Chair of Department in January of 1973, a post he held several times during his career. He ultimately earned the rank of Professor in 1985. He subsequently established the La Salle School of Business Applied Research Center in 1979 and served as its director until 1985. From 1988 to 1990, he was Vice President of the Non-Profit Management Association. In 2006, he received a $68,500 Teaching for Technology grant from Hewlett Packard Corporation for a project entitled "Exploiting Wireless Technology to Improve Learning and Applications of Operations Management Techniques." It should be noted that the University was one of only 40 colleges/universities in the United States to receive one of these awards this year. Praf remained active in the Management Department until his death on November 23, 2009.
6. Bruce MacLeod (1933 - 2009)
Professor MacLeod began his career as an Assistant Professor on September 15, 1962 and was promoted to Associate Professor in the Management Department in 1971. In 1969 he was appointed Acting Dean of the School of Business Administration, but was named regular Dean in the Summer of 1970. During his tenure as Dean he was instrumental in development of the MBA program and helped the School achieve its accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). His contributions to La Salle were recognized via his induction into the Alpha Epsilon Honor Society in 1971. He died on December 16, 2009.
7. John J. King (1926 - 2010)
Having received a degree from La Salle in 1962, Mr. King was first hired by La Salle in June 1965. He became Director of Evening Admissions in 1966 and Assistant Director of Admissions in 1968. As Director he performed many functions: Coordinator of Off-Campus Programs (1978); simultaneously directed the opening of La Salle's Northeast off-campus site (1977); was involved in the opening of a third off-campus site, "La Salle/Bucks County," with classes held at Archbishop Wood High School (1981), was part-time Program Assistant of the School of Continuing Studies from 1991 to 1996. In appreciation for his service to La Salle, King was inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Alumni Honor Society in 1978. He retired on December 1, 1996 and died on February 7, 2010.
8. G. John Owens, F.S.C. (1917 - 2010)
Born in 1917, young James Owens entered the Christian Brothers in 1936 and received the religious name of Brother Galdrick John. After 25 years at West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys, having served as Principal for nine years, he was transferred to La Salle College, where he served as Dean of Men (1963-1967) and Assistant Registrar (1967 until 2000). For his many contributions to secondary and higher education, Brother John became an honorary inductee into the Alpha Epsilon Honor Society in the mid-1960s and received an Honorary Degree from La Salle in 1960. Brother John retired from the Assistant Registrar position in 2000 but continued to live in the Brothers' community until shortly before his death on July 15, 2010.
9. L. Thomas Reifsteck (1926 - 2010)
Having served in the U.S. Army during World War II, Mr. Reifsteck received his degree from La Salle in 1951. He subsequently earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was hired on September 1, 1955, becoming the first director of La Salle's Career Planning and Placement Bureau, the precursor to La Salle's Career Services Center. This marked La Salle's launch of a concerted, full-time job placement service. He also served as President of the Middle Atlantic Placement Association (1967-68) and was President of the College Placement Council, Inc. (1970-71). He was Associate Professor of Marketing from 1981 to 1992 and also served as Chair of the Marketing Department. During this time he was also the Coordinator of Co-op (1981 to 1988). He stepped down as Director of Career Planning and Placement in 1992, but continued to teach marketing until 1992. Reifsteck died on July 17, 2010.
10. Hugh Albright, F.S.C. (1923-2011)
Brother Hugh was a long-time member of the University faculty, Professor of Mathematics, an early Lindback winner (1962), Mathematics Department Chair, and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Aside from mathematics, Brother Hugh loved the board game of GO, in which "he attained a very high national ranking," and was particularly fond of "walking…music and art." He especially loved the Mozart piano sonatas.
11. Bernhardt Blumenthal (1937-2012)
A native of West Oak Lane, Dr. Blumenthal graduated from La Salle College in 1959, having majored in German. He earned his master's degree in German from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. from Princeton. He joined the La Salle faculty in 1963 and became Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in 1969, a position he held until his death. He and colleague Leo Rudnytzky, '58, founded the master's program in Central and Eastern European Studies.
12. Thomas M. Coffee (1921-2010)
Tom was a long-time member of the Department of Sociology, later to become the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice; then the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice; and currently the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. During his tenure at La Salle, Tom was Department Chair where he started the Criminal Justice program. He later became the Dean of the Evening Division, now the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. He believed in the La Salle mission as was evidenced by his contribution to the university as a whole and specifically in the Department. He taught a number of sociology and criminology courses and his classes were always extremely well subscribed. His commitment to the mission of LaSalle was never in question.
13. Robert M. Gilligan (1932-2011)
After serving in the U.S. Marines Corp during the Korean War, Robert Gilligan, Ph.D., came to La Salle as a psychology professor in 1968 and lived in the neighboring community on Olney Avenue.
According to long-time faculty colleague, John Rooney, Ph.D., '46, Gilligan was one of the first to work in the area of positive psychology and he often related psychology to contemporary issues. "He was kind of a free spirit. He taught what he enjoyed," Rooney said. "He related well to the students." One former student, Joe DiCecco, Ph.D., '77, said he appreciated Gilligan's enthusiasm in the classroom and attention to students. "His classes were all about good science and paying attention to details," DiCecco said. "He was a tough teacher for one of the psychology curriculum's toughest classes, but it was always clear that his passion for psychology and scientific rigor was what drove him in challenging us to think and communicate clearly."
Gilligan's wife, Barbara, worked in the Counseling Center at La Salle at one time as well, Rooney said. When Gilligan retired as an associate professor in 1995, the couple moved to Brigantine, N.J. He died July 8, 2011, at his home in Brigantine, N.J. He was 79.
14. Howard L. Hannum (1925-2011)
Having grown up in Germantown, Howard Hannum graduated from La Salle College High School in 1943. Enlisting in the Army, he participated in combat operations in Europe, especially in the Ardennes Forest in what would become known as the Battle of the Bulge.
Late in his academic career, Dr. Hannum became an expert on Ernest Hemingway. In his memoir, he copied the straightforward prose and sparse dialogue of Hemingway, who saw bloodshed as an ambulance driver in World War I and as a reporter during the Spanish Civil War. In a memoir written many years later, Pvt. Hannum's experiences in Belgium seemed more harrowing than Hemingway's fictional accounts.
After his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree from his alma mater and a master's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. In September 1949, he began teaching at La Salle.
Dr. Hannum taught at Villanova University from 1958 to 1962, when he again returned to La Salle. While teaching, he earned a doctorate in 19th-century English literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. His teaching career at the University would span more than three decades.
After retiring in 1995, Dr. Hannum wrote several scholarly articles about Hemingway. An essay he wrote is included in the anthology New Critical Approaches to the Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. He was an avid fan of the Phillies and Big Five basketball, especially La Salle.
15. Glenn A. Morocco (1936-2012)
Glenn Morocco was a member of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department for thirty-five years, retiring as an Associate Professor in 2002. During his tenure, he served as Director of the "La Salle in Europe" program and established the Bilingual/Bicultural Studies Program. Having earned a doctorate in French from the University of Pennsylvania, he subsequently won a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Strasbourg.
16. David L. Oden (1941-2012)
Dave Oden began his career at La Salle University In 1971 while completing his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied with David Premack. Dr. Oden was a dedicated teacher and mentor to students, and for many years involved undergraduates in his well-recognized animal research. His former colleagues and students in the Psychology department remember Oden not only as a dedicated teacher, mentor, and scientist but also as a strong advocate for social justice. He was internationally known and respected for his agenda-setting comparative studies of cognition in apes and monkeys with David Premack, Ph.D., at the University of Pennsylvania's chimpanzee research facility and with Roger Thompson, Ph.D., at Franklin & Marshall College. Coupled with his deep compassion and respect for animals, Oden's methodological acumen and theoretical insights were instrumental in identifying, for example, the perceptual foundations of higher order cognition and how symbol systems provided the requisite "cognitive scaffolding" in the evolution of analogical reasoning. He retired from La Salle in 1998 with the rank of Associate Professor. He died in 2012.
17. Steven A. Ranjo (1972-2012)
While his career at La Salle was somewhat short, as lab coordinator he was considered a valuable contributor to the Biology and ISBT programs. He was heavily involved in the planning of the anatomy and physiology laboratories for the renovation of Holroyd Hall in the mid-2000s. Very dedicated to his lab students, he would often stay late "to make sure they got it right" (Anna Allen).
18. Mark J. Ratkus (1947-2012)
Mark graduated from La Salle University in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in economics. After earning his Ph.D. in economics from Notre Dame University, he returned in 1973 and served the University as a member of the economics faculty for over 30 years. During that time, Dr. Ratkus was instrumental in developing a new major for the Department (Economics and International Studies) and played a major role in the establishment of the Flubacher Scholarship, a scholarship named after his mentor Joseph Flubacher. In addition, Mark served on many school committees, University committees, and on the Faculty Senate. He also served as Chair of the Department for many years. More than any other accomplishment, however, Mark was a counselor and friend to countless students, faculty, and staff at La Salle.
19. Peter J. Sweeney (1923-2011)
Returning from service in World War II, Peter Sweeney earned his La Salle degree in 1947. Two years later, with a new Master's from the Wharton School, he began a nearly fifty-year career at his alma mater: "He taught generations of students with passion commitment, and pragmatic focus" (John Reardon '59). This passion could also be seen in support of La Salle basketball, where he saw games at the Palestra, even traveling to Madison Square Garden in 1952 to see his beloved Explorers win the NIT.
20. Charles H. Torpey (1953-2011)
As Head Coach, Men's and Women's Track and Field Program and Cross Country since 1994, Charles Torpey mentored and influenced hundreds of La Salle athletes. In Cross Country, he tutored 41 All-District runners, 9 NCAA qualifiers, and 2 All-Americans. In Track and Field, he coached 7 All-Americans and 51 NCAA Regional qualifiers. During his career at La Salle, he won 16 A-10 "Coach of the Year" honors, including 13 in cross country, and led his teams to 15 A-10 Championships. Given his achievements, he was highly respected in the track/cross country community. As University President, Bro. Michael McGinniss, noted: "For 17 years, his program has been a point of pride for La Salle. His passion for running and coaching is legendary ... he lived out the Lasallian virtue of personal attention through commitment and encouragement."
21. Charles W. White (1929-2012)
Dr. White served as a professor of music from 1964 to 2002. For six of those years, he served as Director of the Music Division of the Fine Arts Department. Arguably White's greatest contribution was the good will he created with the Cuban people on behalf of La Salle University. This happened while U.S.-Cuban relations were strained. It was a result of White researching the Cuban composer Alejandro Garcia Caturla (d. 1940), who was and is much revered in Cuba, and whose family home in Remedios is now a national museum. From 1991 until 2002, White made nine trips to Cuba to interview Caturla's family, friends and fellow composers and musicians. The first trip was at the invitation of the Cuban government to deliver what was a well-received conference paper on Caturla. White impressed and flattered Cuban scholars by his, an American's, intense interest in the work of one of their composers. Professor White also educated American about Caturla's music. In the 1990s, he arranged for three concerts to be played on La Salle's campus. His research resulted in a book, Alejandro Garcia Caturla: A Cuban Composer in the 20th Century, published by Scarecrow Press, Inc. issued shortly after his retirement from La Salle.
22. F. Patrick Ellis, F.S.C. (1928-2013)
After earning his Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, Br. Patrick came to La Salle in 1960 as a faculty member in the English Department. With the exception of a two-year term as principal of a La Salle-Immaculata High School in Miami, Fla., he was here for more than 30 years. A highly regarded teacher, he received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1965.
Br. Patrick's tenure as president was a time of significant growth at La Salle. Among the most impressive developments was the opening of Connelly Library. Graduate programs were added, and in 1984 La Salle was granted status as a University. A new residence hall housing 250 students, a 500-seat dining hall, a 75-unit townhouse complex, and an all-weather track were also added. Under Br. Patrick's tenure, the campus nearly doubled in size, helped by the purchase of Belfield Farm, including Peale House, which now houses the office of the University President. Under his leadership, the University grew in stature and in size, and he will be remembered as someone who made the Christian Brothers, the University, and the community better.