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.