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I n May 2011, Elizabethtown College celebrated the service of our retiring faculty and staff members. In addition to President Theodore Long and Betty Long (who are honored beginning on page 21), four employees said goodbye during the 2010–2011 academic year: Glenn Bucher ’62, special assistant to the president; Ron Corll, manager of Mail Services; Mary Gottfried, office manager of the College Store; and Paul Gottfried, Elizabeth V. and Horace E. Raffensperger Professor of Humanities Emeritus .

Six years ago, President Long tapped into Class of l962 alumnus Glenn Bucher’s considerable higher education experience to tackle some challenging strategic external initiatives as part of the College’s senior leadership team. During his tenure, Bucher—who previously served as dean of faculty at The College of Wooster (Ohio); president of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.; and executive director of The Boyer Center at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa.—helped initiate new institutional quality indicators and was involved in the early stages of the recent strategic marketing effort. Lesser known are his penchant for asking the difficult questions at Senior Staff meetings and his basketball recruiting trips with Coach Bob Schlosser. Bucher says he’s most proud of connecting Elizabethtown with Phi Beta Kappa, the Carnegie Foundation classification system, and Mellon and other national foundations. In the near term, he will return to the classroom at Villanova (Pa.) University, where he previously taught; at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.; or at the University of Georgia. He also plans to watch his grandson play basketball.

Nine years ago, Ron Corll was named manager of Mail Services at Elizabethtown College. Not long after Corll’s arrival, the College chose to staff his organization with full-time permanent employees and tasked him with recruiting and training the new team. “Today, Mail Services is staffed with a great group of folks,” he says. “They have made Mail Services successful.” Reflecting on his time at the College, he says that his most memorable moment was the 2001 anthrax scare. And, since retiring in November 2010, Corll says he has been “mostly taking it easy, working some, reading a lot and getting on my wife’s nerves.” For 28 years, Mary Gottfried has enjoyed her work at Elizabeth-town, serving the community in the College Store for 24 years as

assistant manager and the past four as office manager. Away from the College, she is passionate about her volunteer efforts with Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services, a regional pet therapy organization that registers dog/handler teams for community service at area hospitals, schools and rehabilitation units. In retirement, she looks forward to having more time to work with the organization as a volunteer and as a therapy team evaluator. 

Since 1989, Paul Gottfried has been a member of Elizabethtown’s faculty, teaching in several disciplines, all of which, except for political science, fall into the traditional humanities. “My happiest memory at the College was being named Raffensperger Professor of Humanities, a position that was expanded from its original site in the Department of History to make allowance for my broader humanistic interests,” he reflects. Of his accomplishments at the College, he is most proud of his work in designing a course in Greek grammar and another in politics and religion. “I also was happy that I could help several young scholars pursue their research by providing critical feedback. Some of these professors, indeed, may succeed in surpassing my publishing record,” he reflects. In retirement, he expects to continue writing books, including an upcoming edition, which is expected to be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2012.

Celebrating Service

Elizabethtown College bid our retirees a fond farewell at a May 2011 reception. The group included (shown L to R) Glenn Bucher ’62, special assistant to the president; Ron Corll, manager of Mail Services; Mary Gottfried, office manager of the College Store; Paul Gottfried, the Elizabeth V. and Horace E. Raffensperger Professor of Humanities Emeritus ; Theodore Long, president; and Betty Long, chairman’s assistant for college relations.

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