The end of the academic year marked the retirement of three long-serving members of the Colby faculty, and President William D. Adams thanked them for their service to the College at the annual faculty-trustee dinner during Commencement Weekend. All three retirees remain members of the Colby faculty with emeritus status.
Jane M. Moss, the Robert E. Diamond Professor of Women’s Studies and professor of French, came to Colby in 1979 after earning her bachelor’s degree at Wellesley and a master’s and Ph.D. at Yale. She studied and taught the literature of Québec, Franco-America, and Francophone women writers. Her mother and brother were Colby graduates, and she called it “a dream come true” to spend her career at Colby. Her husband, Richard M. (Pete) Moss, taught history from 1978 to 2005.
Clifford E. Reid, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics, came to Colby in 1987 after earning his bachelor’s degree at the George Washington University and his Ph.D. at Princeton. He studied discrimination in American life, specifically in housing, employment, and wages, and he was known for rigorous standards in the classroom. He is a past chair of the Economics Department and served on the Bunche Scholars committee.
Sheila M. McCarthy, associate professor of Russian, came to Colby in 1987 after earning degrees at Emmanuel, Harvard, and her Ph.D. at Cornell. She taught Russian language, literature, and culture and founded the Colby in St. Petersburg study-abroad program. She accompanied alumni trips to Russia, helped to start a sister-city connection with Kotlas, Russia, and organized the Russian Sampler, which brought area schoolchildren to Colby each spring to experience Russian language and culture.