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Four faculty members who retired in 2004 left their mark on the College.
Leaving an Impression

Jürgen Froehlich
As a professor of German, Jürgen Froehlich demanded excellence from his students and rewarded their efforts with a tireless enthusiasm for even the most elementary class discussion. According to colleagues, he showed unstinting student support outside the classroom as well. Regularly, he supported students at Oldenborg language events and activities; and over the years, he broadened students’ perspectives by inviting speakers to campus and by serving as a liaison to the German language programs for the Office of Study Abroad.

Froehlich earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Riverside. In 1975, Froehlich was appointed to Pomona as an assistant professor of German and director of the foreign language laboratory in Mason Hall.

The technological improvements to the language lab spearheaded by Froehlich early on in his career and made possible by several of his own successful grant proposals may prove to be his most generous and lasting contribution to the College. Expanding the College’s facilities from earphones and audiotapes to interactive, multi-media labs required patience and incremental steps. Froehlich is to be remembered not only for his savvy and technological forethought but also as the champion of a proactive approach toward teaching and a progressive view on curriculum enhancements.

At a retirement party in May, friend and colleague Richard Sheirich, professor emeritus of German, summed up Froehlich well, simply stating that “Jürgen was consistently, refreshingly, and inspirationally engaged in the ongoing process of teaching. He has undeniably led the Modern Languages and Literatures department into the modern technological world.”

Marjorie Harth
Those who know art historian Marjorie “Cricket” Harth say that she is a “deflector” of praise. During her 23 years as director of The Galleries of the Claremont Colleges and, later, the Remple Director of the Pomona College Museum of Art, she has been described by her colleagues as a collaborator, one who claims that nothing accomplished by the Museum was done single-handedly.

Harth earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from Smith College; she received her master’s degree in art history and museum practice and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. After professional appointments at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, the Flint Institute of Arts, the Toledo Museum of Art and teaching at the University of Michigan, Kenyon College and Michigan State University, she received a joint appointment as director of The Galleries and assistant professor of art history at Pomona.

During her tenure, Harth broadened the use of the Museum facilities by faculty, staff and students; helped build the College’s permanent collection, including invaluable preparatory drawings for the Prometheus fresco; and found support and counsel from a volunteer group known formally as the Pomona College Museum of Art Advisory Committee. She and her colleagues established the Project Series, its purpose to bring art that is experimental and introduces new forms, techniques and concepts to campus. In addition, she planned dozens of exhibitions—highlighting works from the permanent collection as well as specially-curated exhibitions.

Over the years, Cricket Harth has led a creative, productive career teaching, writing and curating exhibitions. Along the way, her enthusiasm and passion for art has left an indelible impression.

Gary Troyer
Recognized as a quintessential Division III coach, Professor of Physical Education Gary Troyer has led both the men’s and women’s aquatics teams to repeated victories over the course of his tenure.

A native of Oakland, California, Troyer earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Redlands, thereafter becoming the head swimming and water polo coach. In fall 1970, Troyer was appointed assistant professor of physical education for men at Pomona. “His competence as a professor is undeniable,” says Professor Pat Mulcahy, long-standing men’s track and field coach. “Gary understood the academic demands that his swimmers faced, designing his courses to be both rigorous and fun. He appreciated his students’ efforts and truly enjoyed their company.”

Adding a distinctly human touch to the sports program, Troyer often treated his teams and fellow department members to feasts of smoked salmon or carne asada on the deck of Haldeman Pool and to lobster cookouts, surfing and off-coast diving at his beachside home north of Ensenada, Mexico. During his career, he has toured with SCIAC water polo players in the People’s Republic of China, coaching the undergraduates in tournament play against teams from Beijing, Nanking and Canton. At home in Claremont, Troyer has been dedicated to the promotion of water safety through the American Red Cross, to lifeguard training and life saving, and to SCUBA and sailing instruction. It’s no surprise that visiting alumni head out to the pool decks in search of Troyer.

Steven Young
If one were to name two characteristics emblematic of the teaching style of Steven Young, the Vanderzyl Reynolds Professor of English, they would be a desire to stimulate the minds of young writers and actors and an insatiable mastery of the material. A member of the faculty since 1967, Young earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Specializing in dramatic literature and theater history, including a special emphasis on the works of Samuel Beckett, Young has brought to the classroom a unique opportunity to read and analyze as well as perform and critique the dramatic works chosen for his ambitious syllabi over the years. The performance aspect of his classes was facilitated when, in 1991, Young installed the Panitechnicon Stage System in the basement classroom of Crookshank Hall. The portable stage, sound and lighting system allowed Young to merge traditional classroom discussion with first-hand knowledge gained directly from dramatic performance.

Young, a producer, director, lighting and sound designer, as well as performer, easily led his students to an understanding of how the artistic choices made in dramatic presentations can wholly transform the experience of the viewer. Always fascinated by the theatrical process and the mutability of the spectator’s experience, Young spent a career merging traditional literary history with the dramatic. He leaves for generations a successful outline for hands-on learning by young dramatists.
—By Erika Gamst ’01
 
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