June 27, 1997
KALAMAZOO -- The retirements of six faculty members and five staff members were approved June 27 by the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.
In addition, the trustees granted the honorary title of trustee emeritus to Daniel W. Pero. Pero, a 1973 WMU graduate, was named to the board this past December, but resigned in April because he was moving out of state.
The faculty members granted retirement with emeriti status, along with their years of service and effective dates, are: Dr. Shirley Bach, professor of philosophy, 37 years, effective Dec. 19, 1997; Dr. Robert L. Blefko, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, 29 years, effective June 30, 1997; Dr. John T. Houdek, associate professor of history, 35 years, effective April 25, 1998; John M. Murphy, assistant professor of English, 37 years, effective Aug. 9, 1999; Dr. James E. Riley, professor of mathematics and statistics, 38 years, effective April 30, 1998; and Dr. Malcolm H. Robertson, professor of psychology, 37 years, effective April 28, 1998.
The staff members retiring are: Shirleemae L. Bradeen, clerk in the WMU Bookstore, 12 years, effective May 30, 1997; Darlene Lard, administrative secretary in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 29 years, effective June 30, 1997; Liane E. Lester, cook in the Davis dining service, 13 years, effective June 30, 1997; Ruth H. Peterson, administrative secretary in the Department of Paper and Printing Science and Engineering, 11 years, effective June 30, 1997; and Geraldine C. Yates, executive secretary to the vice president for student affairs, 12-1/2 years, effective Feb. 27, 1998.
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