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Donna Di Grazia and Eric Grosfils Appointed to Named Professorships

Donna M. Di Grazia, professor of music and choral director, has been appointed the David J. Baldwin Professor, and Eric Grosfils, professor of geology, has been named the Minnie B. Cairns Memorial Geology Professor at Pomona College, effective July 1.

Di Grazia joined the Pomona College faculty in 1998 and has been the principal conductor of the Pomona College Choir and the Pomona College Glee Club. She received the College’s Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003, the College’s top teaching honor. As a musicologist, her areas of expertise include early 17th-century English sacred music and 19th-century music. She has received funding from numerous sources, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, which has led to various publications in both her areas of expertise. Di Grazia is also a founding member of the Millennium Consort Singers, a professional chamber choir under the direction of Martin Neary.

The David J. Baldwin Professorship was founded in 1951 by Mrs. F.H. Freman, a concert pianist and pipe organist, in honor of her father, the Rev. David J. Baldwin, a Congregationalist minister.

Grosfils has been with Pomona College since 1995. His research interests include planetary geology; assessing and comparing the development of volcanic and tectonic features on Earth, Venus and Mars; and physical volcanology, including the mechanics of magma reservoir failure. He frequently includes students in his research projects and has had students as co-authors for articles appearing most recently in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Planets, Computational Geosciences and the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. Among his many honors, he received the Geological Society of America Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching in 2001 and was elected to Fellow status by the society. He also serves on the editorial board of Lithosphere. He was named a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2009 and has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants by NASA and the Keck Foundation.

Investor and businesswoman Minnie B. Cairns made Pomona College the principal beneficiary of her estate when she died in 1971. In honor of Cairns’ gift, past Pomona College President David Alexander established the endowed geology professorship in her name in 1974.