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HWS Alums Recognize Longtime Professors’ Contributions

Marvin Bram and the late Richard Heaton to be honored

(Sept. 29, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.–Legendary in the hearts and minds of Hobart and William Smith alums, Professor Emeritus of History Marvin Bram and the late Richard (“Doc”) Heaton, professor emeritus of religious studies, will be honored as recipients of the Distinguished Faculty Award (DFA) on Friday, Oct. 17, by the alumni and alumnae associations of the Colleges. The award ceremony will be broadcast live on WEOS 89.7/90/3 FM, and at www.weos.org.

The award was established so that graduates of the Colleges could acknowledge the outstanding contributions of past faculty members.

Bram is an author and scholar whose gifted teaching, sensitivity and wide range of intellectual interests made him an invaluable asset to Hobart and William Smith for more than 24 years. Bram retired from the faculty in 1997, having taught courses in comparative civilization, as well as the history of both science and psychoanalysis. Within the Colleges community, Bram is known for sharing his deeply held beliefs on the legal and social systems, from technological capitalism to state-sponsored schooling.

Long one of the most respected members of the faculty, Heaton retired in 1994 after 33 years teaching religious studies at the Colleges. A co-founder of the religious studies department, he is warmly remembered for both his “experiential” teaching style and for his great service to others. Heaton had been involved in myriad community service causes, most notably the establishment of a hospice program in Ontario and Yates counties. He died in 1999.

The schedule of events for Friday, Oct. 17, is as follows:
3:30 p.m. Religious Studies Open House and Reception, on the Demarest second floor
4:30 p.m. Lecture by Marvin Bram, “The West: Origins, Ironies and Prospects,” in the Geneva Room
5:45 p.m. Reception in Comstock living room
6:30 p.m. Dinner and awards ceremony in Comstock Dining Hall
8:45 p.m. Dessert reception at the President's House

The ceremony and the events surrounding the award are open to everyone. Those who would like to attend, please R.S.V.P. to Mary Lou Chilbert (chilbert@hws.edu or (315) 781-3700) by Friday, Oct. 10. The cost to attend the DFA ceremony is $30 per person.