Pinnacle for professors, librarianMemorial University will honour several professors with the designation professor emeritus during fall convocation ceremonies in St. John’s.
Those honoured are Dr. Ian Bowmer, Faculty of Medicine; Dr. Clar Doyle, Faculty of Education; Dr. Ross Peters, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; Dr. Robert Walley, Faculty of Medicine; Dr. Elizabeth Ives, Faculty of Medicine; and Dr. Hermann Brunner, Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Memorial will also recognize its first librarian emeritus during fall convocation. Richard Ellis will receive this honour.
To be eligible for the title professor emeritus, a person must have served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member at Memorial and must have held the rank of professor upon retirement.
The prime criteria for nomination is sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service to the university.
Convocation takes place Oct. 23 in St. John’s. Sir Wilfred Grenfell College held its convocation Oct. 9.
Recruited to Memorial in 1975, Dr. Bowmer was a faculty member at Memorial for more than 30 years, serving as assistant dean for postgraduate medical education, chair of the discipline of medicine and dean of medicine, a post he held from 1996-2003. Dr. Bowmer is currently executive director of the Medical Council of Canada.
Dr. Brunner is a numerical analyst who is known internationally for his incredibly productive research career and contributions to Canadian mathematics. He has produced more than 135 publications since his first in 1967. He was named honorary research professor at Memorial in 2006.
Educator, playwright, director, actor, designer and producer, Dr. Doyle is an exemplary educational and cultural leader whose work has led to substantial growth of education and the arts.
Dr. Ives served as a professor of genetics and pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine from 1988-1998 and now serves as adjunct professor. Dr. Ives established the Provincial Medical Genetics Program and was the first professor of genetics in the faculty.
Dr. G. Peters has made superlative contributions to the leadership and administration of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. He was named dean of Engineering in 1982 and held that post until 1992, a period which saw the enrolment in the co-op engineering program double in size.
Dr. Walley has a long and distinguished career as a clinical faculty member and a professor of maternal and child health in the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Faculty of Medicine from 1973 to 2003. Over that time he has become a world leader in the field of maternal health.
Richard Ellis is Memorial’s first librarian emeritus. The criteria and process for nomination and appointment parallel those of professor emeritus. Mr. Ellis has served Memorial since 1971 and served as university librarian for 25 years. He consistently made superior contributions to Memorial’s libraries and to the campus as an academic administrator.