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Naval Academy Dedication Parade Honors Faculty

Posted on: April 23, 2014 08:00 EDT

Press Release #: #045-14

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Distinguished members of the Naval Academy faculty will be honored at the annual Dedication Parade, Friday, April 25, at 4 p.m. on Worden Field. The parade is free and open to the public.

The Dedication Parade honors academy faculty who are retiring, completing 20 or more years of service, who have been selected as Emeritus Faculty, or are the recipients of awards. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller, and Capt. William D. Byrne, Jr., Naval Academy commandant will review the parade.

The faculty members who will be recognized are listed below:

Retiring Faculty:

Dr. Larry D. Birckelbaw, Aerospace Engineering

Associate Professor John P. Ertel, Physics

Associate Professor Edward J. Moulis, Jr., Registrar’s Office & Mathematics

Ms. Patricia R. Patterson, Nimitz Library

Professor David P. Peeler, History

Professor Helen E. Purkitt, Political Science

Professor Auther R. Rachwald, Political Science

Professor Thomas J. Sanders, Mathematics

Professor Antal A. Sarkady, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Associate Professor David R. Smith, Oceanography

Professor Sharon D. Voros, Languages & Cultures


Newly Designated Emeritus Faculty:

Professor Neil D. Berman, English

Professor Phyllis Culham, History

Dr. Frederic I. Davis, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Mathematics

Professor Irene M. Engle, Physics

Professor Audrey P. Gaquin, Languages and Cultures

Professor Roger D. Little, Economics

Professor Mark D. Meyerson, Mathematics

Professor Anne T. Quartararo, History

Professor Mary C. Wintersgill, Physics

Service Awards:

Superior Civilian Service:

Professor Oscar Barton, Jr., Mechanical Engineering

Professor Mark L. Elert, Chemistry

Professor Judith A. Harrison, Chemistry

Associate Professor David R. Smith, Oceanography

Meritorious Civilian Service:

Professor John A. Beckman, English

Professor Nancy W. Ellenberger, History

Professor Samara L. Firebaugh, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Associate Professor Sommer E. Gentry, Mathematics

Twenty-Year Service Awards:       

Professor, Svetlana Avramov-Zamurovic, Weapons & Systems Engineering

Associate Professor Christopher M. Kinter, Chemistry

Associate Professor Deborah M. Mechtel, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Professor George E. Piper, Weapons & Systems Engineering

Professor Joseph J. Urban, Chemistry

Professor Maochun Miles Yu, History

Forty-Year Service Award:

Professor Pierre P. Andre, Mathematics

Excellence Awards:

The Class of 1951 Civilian Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (In honor of Professor Theodore J. Benac):

Professor Samara L. Firebaugh, Electrical and Computer Engineering


Class of 1951 Military Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and William P. Clements Award for Excellence in Education:

Lt. Cmdr. Weldon B. Willhite, Aerospace Engineering


The Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching:

Assistant Professor Sharika D. Crawford, History


Military Professor Teaching Excellence Award

Capt. Mark Larabee, U.S. Navy, English


The Class of 1951 Civilian Faculty Research Excellence Award:

Professor John A. Beckman, English

The Superintendent's Civilian Faculty Service Excellence Award:

Professor Nancy W. Ellenberger, History

Superintendent's Distinguished Athletic Leadership Award for Coaching/Teaching Excellence:

Associate Professor John H. Morrison, Physical Education

Colleen S. Smiley-Owendoff Teaching Excellence Award:

Lt. Michael J. Gossett, U.S. Navy, Seamanship and Navigation

Capt. Frank M. Adams Junior Officer Leadership Award:

Lt. K. Madison Carter, U.S. Navy, 5th Battalion Chaplain

Raouf Ali Raouf Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineering: 

Associate Professor Jenelle A. Piepmeier, Weapons and Systems Engineering

Kinnear Fellows:

Associate Professor Shirley Lin, Chemistry

Associate Professor Kevin L. McIlhany, Physics

Adm. Jay L. Johnson Professorship for Leadership and Ethics

Cmdr. Kevin L. Mullaney, U.S. Navy, Leadership, Ethics, and Law

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