Western Md. gives Welliver honorary degree


Dr. Daniel Welliver has spent a lot of time at Western Maryland College, much of it as the campus physician.

Welliver is retiring from WMC this year, and the college recently awarded him with an honorary doctorate, one of its most prestigious awards.

Doctor of humane letters also was probably one of the few awards he hadn't earned. In 1984, he was named Alumnus of the Year, and in 1990 was given the Trustee Alumni Award.

"You have daily shown that the healing arts can still be ministered with heart, that a comforting bedside manner is still in style, and that the family physician can still be the family friend as well," Robert H. Chambers, president of the college, said in his testimony.

Welliver came to Western Maryland long before he wore a stethoscope, and before his days as a student. As the son of a Methodist clergyman assigned to the institution, he grew up in the campus' Forlines House, now home of the college's administration and finance division.

He earned his bachelor's degree here in 1950 and a medical degree from the University of Maryland. After completing his internship at University of Michigan and two years of active duty in the Naval Reserve, Welliver returned to Westminster to establish himself in private practice.

He also returned to his alma mater, serving as campus physician and team doctor for the Green Terror athletic teams. He also established himself as a respected team physician for many of the area high school teams.

Welliver served 24 years as the medical director of Westminster Nursing and Rehabilitative Center, and was appointed to the Associates Program of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Chemistry professor earns Zepp teaching award

Chemistry Professor Richard H. Smith Jr. recently received the 1998 Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award at Western Maryland College.

The recipient of the award, established by the Sigma Sigma Tau sorority, is chosen by WMC's juniors and seniors.

Smith, who was named Maryland Chemist of the Year by the state section of the American Chemical Society in 1995, has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Washington College and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Virginia.

After a year of postdoctoral studies at Ohio State University, he joined the faculty of Western Maryland and has been a professor since 1985.

Smith was a 1993 recipient of a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Scholar-Fellow grant and served for two years as a mentor and tutor to a postdoctoral student in chemical science who joined the college's faculty.

That year, Smith received a National Science Foundation grant to support the incorporation of molecular modeling for the four years of the chemistry curriculum to enhance students' understanding of the chemical and physical properties of molecules.

Since 1979, Smith has been a visiting scientist at the National Cancer Institute's Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center, where he and his undergraduate colleagues have performed research on the chemistry of triazines as it relates to the development of new anti-tumor drugs.

Three alumni and graduating seniors also received awards at the annual ceremony held last month before commencement.

Alumni career and service achievement awards were given by the college Board of Trustees to Dr. William J. Holloway, Class of 1946, director of the infectious disease research laboratory at Christiana Care Health Services in Wilmington, Del.; and to the husband-wife team of geneticists, Alexander Frederick Wilson and Joan Bailey Wilson, both of the Class of 1975.

Holloway practiced internal medicine for 34 years at Wilmington's Brandywine Medical Center. He brought research programs to the center, developed antibiotics, authored papers in major medical journals and lectured colleagues around the world.

He also created the nation's premier Annual Infectious Disease Symposium, held in Wilmington for 34 years. He retired from private practice in 1989 to assume a full-time directorship of the infectious disease lab at the medical center.

Last year, Holloway was elected a master in the American College of Physicians, one of medicine's most coveted awards.

Both the Wilsons work at the Center for Inherited Disease Research in Baltimore, a branch of the National Institutes of Health's National Human Genome Research Institute. He is the acting chief of the genometrics section, and she is the acting chief of the statistical genetics section.

The Wilsons have studied and worked together since they met during their senior year at WMC. Both specialize in using computers, complex statistics and data from family histories to search for genes in diseases thought to be hereditary.

He has mapped genes for a form of congenital cataract and an enzyme involved in dopamine metabolism, and is working to find genes for hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

She was recently a co-investigator on a study that provided evidence for the existence of a gene that may predispose people in some families to early-onset prostate cancer.

They studied medical genetics at Indiana University on full scholarship and did postdoctoral work at the Louisiana State University Medical Center, where they taught and did research for 15 years.

In 1996, the Wilsons were recruited to top positions with the National Human Genome Research Institute, home of the Human Genome Project, an international effort to identify genetic instructions in human cells.

Williams honored for work in environmental policy field

Erin Williams of Frederick has been named a Udall Scholar by the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation.

The scholarship is given to students with excellent academic records and a demonstrated interest in, and potential for, careers in the fields of environmental public policy, health care and tribal public policy.

A senior at Western Maryland College, Williams is a biology major with an interest in Native American public health and environmental policy.

The one-year scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $5,000 per year.

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation was established by Congress in 1992 to honor U.S. Rep. Morris K. Udall and his legacy of public service.

Chemistry professor honored with science award

Brian D. Wladkowski, assistant professor of chemistry at Western Maryland College, has been awarded a $38,300 Cottrell College Science Award from the Science Advancement Program of the Research Corp., his second such award.

He will study a class of enzymes called aspartyl proteases, found in HIV, to learn how they speed up biological reactions that lead to AIDS.

"If we can learn how they work, and potentially how to make them not work, the information can be used to develop drugs to combat the virus," Wladkowski said.

He will use computer programs to build models of the enzymes to observe how they function.

A 1988 graduate of Western Maryland College, Wladkowski earned his doctorate at Stanford University. He worked with the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology before he took the position teaching physical chemistry at WMC in the fall of 1996.

The Research Corp. is a foundation for the advancement of science.

Student newspaper wins first place for excellence

The Phoenix, the student newspaper at Western Maryland College, won first place recently for overall excellence for a weekly college paper in the 1997 awards contest sponsored by the Society for Collegiate Journalists.

Several student journalists and artists also received awards for their work.

Nicole Belanger, a senior English major from Frederick, landed a third-place prize for sports features.

Michael Puskar of Sykesville won first place for editorial cartoons and second place for sports features. His comic book series "Green Terror Comic" also won an honorable mention for overall excellence.

A junior studio art and art history major, Puskar is the art and graphics director of The Phoenix.

Jonathon Shacat, a senior Spanish major from Washington Crossing, Pa., won third place in the news stories category. He has served as features editor and columnist at the campus paper.

8 longtime faculty, staff retiring from Western Md.

Eight longtime Western Maryland College faculty and staff are retiring this year after spending an average of 30 years teaching at the college.

They include Herman Behling, coordinator of the graduate program in school administration; Richard Clower, professor of exercise science and physical education; Cornelius Darcy, professor of history; James Lightner, professor of mathematics; Carol Quinn, reference librarian and coordinator of the interlibrary loan program; Raymond Phillips, professor of English; Ronald Tait, professor of sociology; and Robert Weber, professor of political science.

Behling came to the college in 1967 as an adjunct professor of education. He taught until 1981, when he was appointed Maryland's assistant state superintendent of schools.

He returned in 1988 to instruct teachers on how to be school principals, and chaired the Education Department from 1992-1995.

He has been honored with the Distinguished Teacher Educator award by the Maryland Unit of the Association of Teacher Educators, and a certificate of recognition from the Johns Hopkins University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa for his contributions to teacher education.

Clower's association with WMC spans 45 years, beginning with his arrival as a student in 1947. He became head of the Physical Education department in 1960 and held the position until retirement.

He served as the director of athletics for 19 years and has been the longtime coordinator of the physical education graduate program. He specializes in Olympic history.

He received the college's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1965 and was named an Outstanding Educator of America. He was given a Presidential Citation from the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance for meritorious service to the profession.

Darcy joined the faculty in 1963 and has been chairman the History Department since 1970. Specializing in Western European history, his studies have led to courses on World War I and the French Revolution.

He has been granted several research awards -- one each year since 1980 -- from the college and from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He was given a Special Achievement Award for his dedication to all things WMC in 1996.

Lightner's association with WMC spans more than 40 years, beginning with his arrival as a student in 1955. He returned to teach mathematics in 1962, specializing in the history of mathematics and geometry.

He has written a high school-level geometry textbook. He was the director of the January Program from 1969 until 1983 and led 13 study tours to England and Scotland with English Professor Ray Stevens.

Lightner was given the college's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1966 and received the Meritorious Service Award from the Alumni Association in 1984. He was named Outstanding Mathematics Educator of the Year by the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and was given the George R. Mach Distinguished Service Award by the national mathematics honor society Kappa Mu Epsilon after founding a chapter at WMC.

Phillips joined the faculty at Western Maryland College in 1963 after teaching English at Colby College and being a teaching fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

His monographs on novelist and Hollywood screenwriter Larry McMurtry and writer Struthers Burt have established him as an authority on Western fiction. He received a faculty book award in 1984 for "Struthers Burt."

Quinn came to WMC in 1972 as a reference librarian and instructor in library science. At Western Maryland, she has adapted to a rapidly changing field, consistently providing instruction to classes and individuals about how to use the library resources.

Before coming to the college in 1968, Tait was a probation counselor for a family court in Delaware, senior program director for the Boys Club of Wilmington and a research associate for the division of urban affairs at the University of Delaware.

He and his students have applied their technical expertise to researching a variety of campus issues, and he has done studies for the local community, such as studying transportation issues in Carroll County.

Weber joined the Political Science department in 1969 after a stint teaching English and social studies at North Carroll High School. Chairman of the department since 1983, he has spearheaded curricular innovation that stresses internships and directed study experiences.

Pub Date: 6/14/98

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