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Mount Union College Held Retirement Luncheon

March 26, 2004

Mount Union College held a retirement luncheon on Friday, March 26 to celebrate the dedication and achievement of four faculty members whose combined service to the College equals 120 years.

Dr. Charles Brueske joined the Mount Union faculty as an associate professor of biology in 1964 after earning his Ph.D from Arizona State University. He received his bachelor's degree from Elmhurst College in Illinois and his master's degree from Southern Illinois University. In 1992 Brueske was named the College's Great Teacher.

Dr. Truman Turnquist joined the Mount Union faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry in 1965 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He received his undergraduate degree from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Turnquist, has served as interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college four times. He received the Great Teacher Award in 1972.

Dr. James Dillon joined the Mount Union faculty as an associate professor of mathematics in 1981. A graduate of Idaho State University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, Dillon received a master's degree from the University of Nebraska and Ph.D. from St. Louis University. Dillon received the Great Teacher Award in 1987 and was awarded the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 1990.

Dr. Victoria Harris joined the Mount Union in 1986 as an associate professor in the music department. A graduate of Christian College of Columbia, Missouri with an associate of arts degree in piano, Harris received her bachelor's degree from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She received a master's degree from The Ohio State University and her master of fine arts degree and her Ph.D. in musical arts from the University of Iowa.

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