A Clarkson Mosaic - page 517

1948. He was instrumental in developing the personal computer program at Clarkson, the
Educational Resources Center, and The Clarkson School. His work in mathematics stayed in
the forefront by his work in the field of computer-assisted mathematics instruction. He further
supported Clarkson by serving on the Faculty Senate for several terms, including one year as its
Furthermore, for his service as official timekeeper and scorer at Clarkson's home hockey
games, he was named official hockey timekeeper for the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid
during the United States' team's famous "Miracle on Ice" when it defeated the Soviet Union to
earn the gold medal.
For his long service to students outside the classroom, including many years as faculty
advisor to Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, he was honored to have the park and its canoe house along
the Raquette River behind the Riverside student apartments named after him. Students from his
freshman calculus course probably remember him best for his comment to them on the first day
of classes: "O.K., kids! Open both ears! Now close one!"
Other Retirements.
Four other faculty members also were honored at the 100th
Commencement exercises by being awarded professor emeritus status on their retirement from
Richard Miller, associate professor of mathematics, honored for his 37 years in the classroom
teaching Calculus I and II to thousands of freshmen by being awarded the Distinguished Teaching
Award in 1990, and the Outstanding Advisor Award;
Victor Lovass-Nagy, professor of electrical engineering, for 27 years bridging the gap between
mathematics and engineering;
Richard Sanford, associate professor of electrical and computing engineering, for 37 years of service
including helping countless faculty to use the computer as a teaching tool;
Iury Maytin, professor of civil and environmental engineering, for 30 years of dedicated service,
particularly for integrating the computer into his undergraduate courses.
Clark Bailey, assistant to the president, was honored by being named assistant to the president
emeritus. Graduating from West Point, Clark served his final tour of duty of his outstanding
military career as professor and chair of Clarkson's department of military science.
Subsequently in 1978, he became the first director of administration for the then newly-formed
Clarkson School. After 1982, he served as assistant to four successive presidents, being the
primary organizer of Clarkson's Commencement exercises, and the various meetings of the
Board of Trustees. He also was designated the only Santa Claus Emeritus in Clarkson's history.
Environmental Ethics.
In the senior Civil and Environmental design course, students in
groups are assigned problems emerging from a genuine real-world situation or need. For
example, one had to plan how a village might expand its water containment facilities to
maintain pressure in water mains for firefighting; another had to calculate the optimum size of a
village sewage pipeline; another faced containing potential flood waters. Working in groups,
these students were responsible for considering all the aspects of the problems, and then making
formal presentations to their departmental faculty at the end of the semester.
In 1993, at the specific request of Chairman Anthony Collins, Professors William Vitek,
from the liberal studies faculty, and William Karis, from the technical communications
department, were invited to listen to the presentations, and then to ask questions about the
social and ethical elements involved in the students' solutions. For these presentations, each
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