Graduation Honorees '07
Celebrating the awarding of honorary doctorates this year are (left to right) William G. Anderson, chairman of the Centenary Board of Trustees; Dr. Madeleine F. Green, vice president for international initiatives for the American Council on Education, speaker and recipient of the honorary Doctor of Laws; Betty McKnight Speairs, professor emerita of mathematics and longtime supporter of the college, who received the honorary Doctor of Science degree; the Rev. Marie Williams, co-pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Slidell, La., and former district superintendent for the Monroe District of the Louisiana United Methodist Church, who received the honorary Doctor of Divinity; and Centenary President Kenneth L. Schwab.
Dr. Jeffrey Trahan Retires After 34 Years in Physics Department
Jeffrey F. Trahan completed his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University in 1972 and began teaching physics at Centenary in the fall of that year. Earlier he had earned a B.S. in physics at Tulane University (1963) and M.S. at LSU in 1969.
On May 5, 2007, he retired with honors after a distinguished 34-year career at Centenary. Among his accolades: selection as the second holder of the College’s first endowed chair, the Cornelius D. and Florence Gillard Keen Chair of Physics in 1980-81; promotion to full professor in 1984; Outstanding Teacher Award in 1996; and election to professor emeritus status in 2007.
Also retiring this year were Dr. Al McKinney, Broyles Professor of Computational Mathematics, and Dr. Ron Martin, Sklar Chair of Chemistry, both of whom completed seven years at Centenary.
Best wishes to all.