The faculty of the School of Arts & Sciences recognized four retiring professors at their April 24 meeting. Louis Tremaine (English), Joan Bak (history), Robert Terry (French) and Alan Loxterman (English) will retire this May with a combined 134 years of service to the University of Richmond and the School of Arts & Sciences.

Louis Tremaine has served the University of Richmond as a member of the English faculty since 1981. He received a B.A. from Occidental College, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia for three years and returned to the United States to complete an M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from Indiana University. With a particular interest in modern African literature, Tremaine is credited with helping to build both the international studies major and the Office of International Education. His research has focused on North African literature and the Anglophone novel in sub-Saharan Africa. He has led several student trips to Zimbabwe, has served as a Richmond College Fellow and most recently, has served as the chair of the Department of English.

Joan Bak has served the University of Richmond as a member of the history faculty since 1978. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her doctorate from Yale University. She has chaired the University Honors Committee, coordinated the QUILL Program, coordinated the University’s teaching development program, co-chaired a study on the status of women at the University and coordinated the first-year Core course. With regard to her research, Bak has studied Latin American labor history with careful attention paid to the influence of race, gender and national identity. Her work has refined historians’ understanding of the ideological, social and regional sources of the rise of the long-loved Vargas regime in early-twentieth-century Brazil. She has twice been honored with the University’s Distinguished Educator Award.

Alan Loxterman has served the University of Richmond as a member of the English faculty since 1970. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Kenyon College, a master’s degree at the University of Chicago, completed further graduate work at Rutgers University and earned a Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University. He has taught courses in subjects ranging from science fiction to Shakespeare to James Joyce to the Renaissance love lyric. Since the inception of the first-year Core course, he has been one of its most devoted contributors. Loxterman is the author of papers and articles on Emily Brontë, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare, science fiction and literary criticism. He also played a leading role in encouraging the University’s expansion of services and development of policies concerning students with learning disabilities, has served as the advisor to the English honorary society for almost his entire career and has served as chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee. Among many community contributions, Loxterman has been active in the English Speaking Union, the Poetry Society of Virginia, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Historic Richmond Foundation.

Robert Terry has served the University of Richmond as a member of the modern literatures and cultures faculty since 1968. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College and received a Ph.D. in romance languages from Duke University. He was employed as an assistant professor of French at the University of Florida prior to taking his post at Richmond. During his career, Terry served as the chair of the Department of Modern Literatures and Cultures from 1990-1994 and was awarded the William Judson Gaines Chair in Modern Languages and Literatures from 2002-2005. He has received awards from the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT Founders Award 2004), the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Postsecondary Foreign Language Education 2004) and the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (National Distinguished Leadership Award 1995). He has edited more than fifteen books and conference proceedings and is currently the articles editor for the NECTFL [Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages] Review.

During the recognition ceremony, three other Arts & Sciences faculty members were honored for 25 years of service: Mike Spear (journalism), Anita Hubbard (computer science) and John Hubbard (mathematics and computer science).