Faculty Farewells



Five long-tenured, teaching, full professors retired this summer after cumulative service of 172 years to Colby. Retirees were recognized and thanked at the annual faculty-trustee dinner two nights before commencement, and all were granted emeritus status upon their retirement. Alphabetically:

Donald B. Allen, professor of geology, having taught at Colby since 1967, was the third-longest-serving current faculty member (behind Priscilla Doel in Spanish and Harriett Matthews in art, who both continue to teach). Known as the department’s “hard-rock guy,” Allen’s research and teaching interests were in economic geology and mineral exploration, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and the geology of Maine bedrock and of Roosevelt-Campobello International Park.

Susan McIlvaine Kenney began teaching at Colby in 1968 and published five books (mysteries and memoirs) and about two dozen short stories while teaching English composition, creative writing, and literature. She is a scholar of the life and literature of Virginia Woolf and she served as director of the Creative Writing Program and chair of the Humanities Division.

Robert L. McArthur arrived at Colby in 1972 to teach philosophy and spent three years as dean of admissions and 10 as dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs, one of those as acting president while President William Cotter was on sabbatical. He is the Christian A. Johnson Professor of Integrative Liberal Learning, emeritus, and, outside of Colby, he is chair of the Maine Humanities Council board and serves on the University of Maine at Farmington board of overseers and the Maine Supreme Court Task Force.

Linda Tatelbaum, a member of the English Department, began at Colby in 1982 and published three of her own books in the last 10 years—two accounts of her family’s homesteading and living off-the-grid and a novel. She was on the advisory committee of the Environmental Studies Program and did a number of commentary pieces on public radio programs, especially Living on Earth
and Marketplace.

Diane Skowbo Winn, professor of psychology, started at Colby in 1974. She specialized in the study of sensory perception, especially visual perception, as well as states of consciousness, particularly trance states. In retirement she was planning to devote more time to wildlife rehabilitation work at her Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center.

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