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Thursday, December 15, 2005

SU Bids Farewell to Two Retiring Faculty

class=""MsoNormal"">SALISBURY, MD---An English professor known for his sense of adventure and an associate nursing professor who has published many articles on her profession are retiring from Salisbury University. They are: Dr. William Horne (32 years) and Dr. Ruth Carroll (10 years).

class=""MsoNormal"">Horne, professor of English, began his career at SU in 1973. While English—with a focus on British and environmental literature—was his profession, the outdoors was his passion. He became advisor of SU’s Outdoor Club in 1981 and led hundreds of its members on nature adventures for nearly the next quarter century.

class=""MsoNormal"">Several former members accompanied Horne during the achievement of his life-long dream: hiking the Appalachian Trail, a 28-year dream. He completed the trail in fall 2003, just 10 days before undergoing two massive back surgeries at Johns Hopkins University Hospital to help correct a painful 110-degree spine curvature, the result of childhood polio.

class=""MsoNormal"">With that curvature—now mitigated to 45 degrees—he led has led students in annual ski trips in Quebec, and canoeing and hiking journeys through Canada’s Algonquin Park lakes region. Thanks to the surgery and following rehabilitation, he continues to head such trips. His determination to explore the outdoors under such extreme circumstances—he has been to the Arctic twice—earned him the nickname “Professor Hardcore.”

class=""MsoNormal"">Professionally, Horne published many articles on 18th century satire during his time at SU. He is the author of Making a Heaven of Hell: the Problem of the Companionate Ideal in English Marriage Poetry, 1650-1800 and edited an anthology of marriage poetry from that era. He retired from SU in September.

class=""MsoNormal"">Carroll began her nursing career at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after graduating with her B.S.N. from Villanova University in 1977. In 1981, she left the hospital for the classroom, returning to her alma mater as nursing instructor.

class=""MsoNormal"">In 1995, five years after earning her doctorate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, she joined SU’s Nursing Department. During the next decade, she taught master’s classes in family nursing, research, and death and dying, as well as thesis and capstone courses. She directed SU’s Graduate Nursing Program from 1999-2002.

class=""MsoNormal"">While at SU, Carroll has published more than a dozen articles, as well as book chapters and test materials. She also gave a number of nursing presentations at such venues as Yale University, the International Family Nursing Conference and the International Conference on Grief and Bereavement.

class=""MsoNormal"">A mother of four and grandmother of 12, Carroll plans to spend her retirement after this semester sailing the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and fellow sailor, Dr. Kent Kimmell, former associate provost at SU. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at "

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