The only guy in town who smiles when it snows in November . . . and March . . . and April, you have led the college’s Nordic ski teams, men’s and women’s, since the Nixon Administration. Over that time, your teams have consistently placed among the top tier in Division I, and you have been named coach of the year. Nationally you have served on the NCAA Ski Rules Committee, as president of the Intercollegiate Ski Association, and for two years as assistant coach of the U.S. Nordic Team, including for the Lake Placid Olympics. You have also brought to Williams the coaching techniques and traditions absorbed during sabbatical leaves immersed in the culture of Norway. Back here at home you have helped promote the sport recreationally for skiers of all ages and you have developed the college’s training and competition facilities, first at Berlin Mountain, then Brodie, and now Prospect, which has become a favored stop on the eastern carnival circuit. You have even applied these administrative skills to two stints as acting director of athletics. At the point of such well-earned retirement, many people choose to head south, but not surprisingly you, whose inner compass has always pointed north, now move blissfully to Maine.
I hereby declare you Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Emeritus, entitled to all the rights, honors, and privileges appertaining thereto.
June 7, 2015