The Colleges' departments of mathematics and geoscience lose well-respected members of their faculty
(May 11, 2004) Geneva, N.Y. — This spring, Hobart and William Smith Colleges bid a fond farewell to members of the faculty who each have devoted more than 30 years to the Colleges. William Ahrnsbrak and Lawrence Smolowitz will begin retirement at the end of the school year.
Ahrnsbrak came to HWS in 1970 as a professor in the department of (what is now) geoscience. Over the years he conducted important research on Seneca Lake, as well as other bodies of water and land forms around the world. With other geoscience colleagues, he has authored numerous grant proposals that have helped fund geoscience research at the Colleges.
One of the team of geoscience professors who helped bring the research vessel William Scandling (formerly HWS Explorer) to the Colleges, Ahrnsbrak has published extensively and frequently has been called upon to speak on watershed and other geoscience topics. Over the years he has chaired the department and served on a number of HWS committees. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Smolowitz joined the HWS department of mathematics in 1967, after a brief teaching appointment at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota. His areas of special interest include calculus, algebra and complex analysis. He has co-authored papers on integration theory and probability.
During his tenure at the Colleges, Smolowitz had chaired his department on three occasions and served on the Colleges community on several committees. He received his B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Both retirees reside in Geneva.
“While it is always abundantly sad to watch great teachers leave our classrooms, we wish these two fine gentlemen and scholars the very best in the future,” said HWS President Mark D. Gearan.
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