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True Originals The end of the school year marked the retirements of nine faculty members with a combined 266 years of teaching at Saint John’s and Saint Ben’s. We welcome these nine originals into our virtual Hall of Fame.
Margaret Cook Annette Atkins History “The schools’ emphasis on teaching has encouraged my own passion for being in the classroom and for making important connections with our students.” When she was hired, there was one woman for every seven men on the faculty. She brought change to the faculty and the classroom. Her masterful storytelling has made her an esteemed speaker and author.
Classics “I wanted to be at a liberal arts institution that valued strong undergraduate education.” After graduating in physics, she discovered Greek and fell in love with the Greek language and culture. Her love was contagious, and she taught classics and ancient history to countless students.
History “Contact with and immersion in Asian cultures significantly changed and improved my understanding of American history and culture.” This beloved history professor is well known for caring about his students as individuals. He played a key role in establishing CSB/ SJU partnerships in Asia, including the long-standing relationship with Bunkyo Gakuin University in Japan.
Larry Davis Geology “I will miss working with my colleagues on integrated science programs.” His 15-year teaching stint here brought an interdisciplinary background to natural sciences and made Davis a sought-after adviser and mentor. Davis and his students assembled the most complete T-Rex ever found at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud.