Intercom Online......September 7, 2000


Professor retires with emeritus rank after 45 years

Philip A. Klein, professor emeritus of economics, has retired after 45 years on the Penn State faculty.

Klein received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California-Berkeley in 1948. He joined Penn State in 1945 as an instructor, being successively promoted to assistant, then associate and then professor in 1958.

His long-standing research agenda centered on economic stabilization. As research associate at the Center for International Business Cycle Research, Columbia University, and as senior research associate with Economic Cycle Research Institute, New York, he made major contributions to the measurement and dating of national and international cycles. He also was a leader in the revival of the new institutional economics and published several important articles on the subject.

Recognition of his scholarly contributions has come from both his Penn State and professional colleagues.

His professional career has had a strong international character. He received several Fulbright professorships and visiting appointments.

He also served as a consultant to the United Nations Center for Development Planning Projections; Commission of the European Community, World Bank; Fulbright Commission, where he chaired the Panel on Economics; and the Central Bank of Jordan.

Service on the Faculty Senate has been a distinguishing trait of Klein's career at Penn State. Frequently elected by his liberal arts colleagues, he was a strong voice for faculty rights. He served on several major Senate committees, including the Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities, which he chaired from 1992-1996. He also served several terms on the Faculty Advisory Committee.

Professor emeritus of economics served for 34 years

Thomas G. Fox, professor emeritus of economics, has retired after 34 years of service. Fox earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at Syracuse University. He taught public finance, labor economics, economics of education, and principles. His main research interest was in public finance, which became focused, more recently, on state and local finance issues.

Earlier in his career at Penn State, Fox was selected as Brookings Economy Policy Fellow, a position then sought after by young economists. He served as graduate officer and acting department head. Subsequently, he was appointed academic dean at Penn State Erie during its transition from a two-year system to a four-year college. He returned to University Park in 1980 to teach. At the same time he served as co-director in planning the first five-year strategic plan for the College of the Liberal Arts.

Fox had an early interest in computer-assisted instruction in economics. By 1982, he had developed materials that included innovative computer simulation models for use in large principles classes. In 1992, Fox won first place in the Zenith Data Systems-sponsored nationwide Masters of Innovation Competition for his software designed for introductory economics courses.

Since 1997, Fox, while still teaching, served as director of Technology Classrooms for Penn State Center for Academic Computing and chaired the Subcommittee on Operations and Technology.

Distinguished professor emeritus joined University in 1980

Craig Bohren retired from the University as distinguished professor emeritus of meteorology on June 30.

Bohren joined the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in 1980 as an assistant professor after working as a nuclear engineer at General Atomic, a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Cardiff in Wales and a visiting scholar at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the University of Arizona.

He holds four degrees: a B.S. in mechanical engineering from San Jose State University, a master of science in nuclear engineering and master of science and Ph.D. degrees in physics, all from the University of Arizona.

Bohren's background is unusual for a meteorologist, but it prepared him to pursue his interests in the physics of light and his attempts to understand what is seen in the atmosphere. He has written and lectured extensively on atmospheric physics including optical phenomena as well as electromagnetic radiation, from radio to ultraviolet wavelengths.

He is known for the many articles he wrote on demonstration experiments in atmospheric physics for Weatherwise. In 1989 he was awarded the first Louis J. Battan Author's Award from the American Meteorological Society for his book, Clouds in a Glass of Beer.

During his tenure he received the Wilson Outstanding Award for Teaching from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America.

CELT staff assistant served the University for 26 years

Ann H. Rigo, staff assistant VI with the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, has retired from the University after 26 years of service.

Rigo spent the last 19 years with the center, formerly known as the Instructional Development Program, in a variety of staff assistant positions.

She expresses her creativity with the floral arrangement committee at Our Lady of Victory Church in State College and enjoys calligraphy, cross-stitch, crewelwork and interior decorating.

Associate professor at Harrisburg
to maintain contact with students

William K. Aungst, associate professor of engineering at Penn State Harrisburg, has retired from the University after 32 years.

A licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Aungst received his B.S. degree from Bucknell in 1961 and his M.S. from Lehigh University in 1964. Both degrees are in mechanical engineering.

Before joining Penn State in 1967, Aungst taught at Harrisburg Area Community College for two years.

During his tenure, Aungst sponsored "Sundial," the sculpture at the center of campus on the Vartan Plaza, which was dedicated to his son William T. Aungst, who died in 1984.

Aungst has two daughters, Elizabeth Patterson and Anita McLean, and five grandchildren, and is planning to spend more time with them during his retirement. He also hopes to improve his golf game and maintain his consulting practice as well. Aungst, who said the reward of teaching for 32 years came from interaction with his students, plans to maintain contact with students.

Several announce retirements from longtime University service

Betty L. Badgett, staff assistant V at Penn State Abington, from April 16, 1984, to June 30.

Bonnie L. Baughman, director of operations in Office of the Vice President for Research, from July 1, 1983, to June 30.

Ida M. Butler, nutrition adviser in the College of Agricultural Sciences, from April 1, 1980, to June 30.

Tura W. Eisele, research assistant in the College of Agricultural Sciences, from July 1, 1985, to June 30.

Alice J. Jones, staff assistant V in the Division of Outreach and Cooperative Extension, from Feb. 2, 1981, to June 30.

Terry L. Fetterolf, stockroom clerk, stock selector in Business Services, from Sept. 16, 1974, to April 1.

Martha C. Miller, nutrition education adviser in the College of Agricultural Sciences, from Feb. 15, 1982, to July 1.

Berton E. Reese, supervisor of grants and contracts in the Corporate Controller's Office, from Aug. 12, 1968, to May 1.

Frank A. Rocco, assistant athletic director in Intercollegiate Athletics, from Aug. 16, 1982, to July 1.

Leslie L. Shaw, senior customer service representative in the Office of Physical Plant, from Dec. 8, 1980, to June 30.

Anne C. Stine, library assistant I in University Libraries, from Nov. 1, 1977, to June 30.

Sandra L. Stoner, staff assistant III in the College of Medicine, The Hershey Medical Center, from Feb. 11, 1985, to June 30.

Florabelle C. Thomas, staff assistant VI in the College of Engineering, from March 1, 1982, to June 30.

Catherine M. Whitton, staff assistant VI in Housing and Food Services, from April 1, 1980, to June 30.

Vera M. Williams, staff assistant V in the College of Agricultural Sciences, from Feb. 19, 1979, to June 30.

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