In December, a farewell celebration honored 15 longtime administrators and staff who retired in 2012. With laughter, champagne, good food—and plenty of tissues— as well as family and friends, colleagues said good-bye and offered special thanks to these cherished members of the campus community. In her remarks, President Debora Spar noted the impressive longevity of their service to the College: a collective total of 365 years! Senior administrators and faculty members then spoke about the individuals with whom they had worked closely, acknowledging their dedication, professionalism, and good humor.


Retiree Nell Dillon-Ermers, administrator, political science department, with her husband, Howard


Susan Cohn ’66, outgoing longtime executive assistant to Dorothy Urman Denburg ’70 and Cohn’s sister, Ruth Stern


Joseph LeSauter retired from the Department of Psychology.


Biological sciences coordinator Krystyna Bucharowski is leaving the department.


Party-goers Ann Aversa, director, residential life, and Douglas Maget, purchasing and stores director 


Pat Jackson joined her sister Gwen Williams, a manager who is leaving the provost’s office.


Professors David Weiman, Robert McCaughey, and Stephanie Pfirman at the reception


Vivian Taylor, vice president, community development, and Brenda Slade, director, health services, both retired.


Dean of the College Avis Hinkson speaking at the event


English Professor Christopher Baswell and Associate Dean James Runsdorf, advisor to the junior class, saluted their departing colleagues.


Saul Davis, director, Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), and Ricky White, associate controller, are leaving.

Gail Beltrone, vice president, college services, with outgoing director of mail and print services Alan Anderson CC ’68, his wife, Mary ’70, son-in-law Eddie Venegas, and daughter Karin Venegas


Well-wishers Karen Fairbanks, professor of professional practice, architecture, Linda Bell, provost, and Jennifer Fondiller, dean of enrollment management

Retirees not attending were John Adams, STEP counselor; Sollette Baker, human resources manager; Karen Blank, dean of studies; Susan Lee, senior associate director, financial aid; and Susan Quinby, director, disability services.

—by Alyssa Vine
—Photographs by Dorothy Hong