Best Wishes to Retiring Wellesley Faculty and Staff

June 28, 2013

Faculty and Staff with Decades of Service Recognized at Commencement and Retirement Celebration

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With the end of June comes the official retirement date for many long-standing Wellesley community members. 

At Commencement, President Bottomly said, "In the life of every institution, there is a moment when we must bid farewell to members of our community who have made the decision to retire," and took a moment to recognize individual faculty members retiring now.

The first faculty member I would like to recognize is Nancy Kolodny, who is the Nellie Zuckerman Cohen and Anne Cohen Heller Professor of Health Sciences and Professor of Chemistry. She is leaving Wellesley after 44 years of service, including seven years as dean of the College. A 1964 graduate of Wellesley College, Nancy has given back to her alma mater in invaluable ways through her teaching, research, leadership, and service. She has been an important contributor and innovator in the Chemistry and Neuroscience Departments, and, more generally, in support of science at Wellesley and in support of women in science. As dean of the College from 1992 to 1999, she led the faculty in an extensive review and reform of the curriculum, and through her unrelenting efforts, she helped strengthen the excellent liberal arts education for which Wellesley is known. Nancy, we thank you for your long service to Wellesley and we wish you all the best.

William "Flick" Coleman, professor of chemistry, has dedicated 31 years to Wellesley. During this time, Flick has taught a wide array of courses, has served on numerous campus committees, and has been committed to best practices in teaching chemistry. Even those students who have not known Flick as a teacher have known him as the talented jazz saxophonist who leads the Baccalaureate procession. Flick: Thank you for your longstanding commitment to Wellesley College.

Vicki Mistacco, professor of French, has taught at Wellesley for 45 years. In that time, she has dedicated herself to her students, sharing with them her love of France and the French language. She is a distinguished scholar in the field of women’s writing in French and Francophone literature, and the scope of her knowledge is most impressive. Vicki: Thank you for your career dedication to Wellesley College.

I also want to recognize John Babington, head coach of cross country and track, 19 years of service; Kenneth Loewit, theatre production manager, 19 years of service; and Carol Ann Paul, senior instructor in neuroscience laboratory, 30 years of service.

Retiring Faculty and Staff

At a celebration last month, retiring faculty and staff who had been at Wellesley for more than a decade were honored in a retirement celebration.

These include, in order of length of service (ranging from 45 to 12 years at Wellesley):

  • Vicki Mistacco, French
  • Nancy Kolodny, Chemistry
  • Frances Brown, Custodial Services
  • Sandy Rego, Dining Services
  • Flick Coleman, Chemistry
  • Allan Montanari, Facilities
  • Carol Ann Paul, Neuroscience Program
  • Eileen Hardy, LTS/Library Collections
  • Karen Jensen, LTS/Library Collections
  • Pat Bois, Classical Studies
  • John Babington, PERA
  • Joslyn Ximines, Custodial Services
  • Sue Regnier, Center for Work & Service
  • Dale Katzif, LTS/Research Instructional Support
  • Kenneth Loewit, Theatre Studies
  • Elizabeth Sallade Admission
  • Donna St. Martin, Dining Services

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