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MAILED: Dec. 10, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — Seven University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty and staff members have recently retired or have announced their plans to retire at the end of this semester. All will receive emeriti status.
Dr. Charles O. Larson, assistant dean for Graduate Studies and Outreach in Education, retires after 29 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. In 1970, Larson joined UW-Eau Claire as an assistant professor in what was then known as the department of secondary and continuing education. He served as department chair during his tenure. In 1998, Larson was named assistant dean for Education Outreach, and he added graduate studies to his responsibilities in 1988. Larson has been recognized for his leadership and contributions to the Cray Academy, as well as his contributions to the Wisconsin Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wayne State College and his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dr. Leo A. Ochrymowycz, professor of chemistry, has taught chemistry at UW-Eau Claire for 30 years. Throughout the years, Ochrymowycz, known to his students as "Dr. O," has received numerous awards from various institutions and organizations, including UW-Eau Claire's Excellence in Scholarship Award. Citation Index also ranked his work in the top 1 percent of researchers at predominantly undergraduate institutions. Much of his research has focused on macrocyclic polythiaether chemistry. He has been active in organizations such as the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemists. Ochrymowycz earned his bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University in Minnesota and his doctorate from Iowa State University.
Dr. Melvin O. Lewis, associate professor of kinesiology and athletics, joined UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 1987. He served as men's athletic director from 1992 to 1996 and coached the men's and women's track teams during his time at UW-Eau Claire. Lewis was named WSUC Track Coach of the Year in 1988. He taught courses in exercise physiology, beginning golf, officiating track and corporate fitness management. He received his bachelor's degree from Jamestown College, his master's degree from South Dakota State University and his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado.
Dr. Thomas P. Bouchard, associate professor of geography, has taught at UW-Eau Claire since 1970. The courses he taught included physical geography, land use planning, environmental quality, conservation of the environment and environmental science. Bouchard also taught a field capstone seminar called "Natural Environments of Southern Florida." He spent semesters teaching at King Alfred's College in Winchester, England, and at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Bouchard served in several administrative roles, including geography department chair, director of special services, and acting director of Academic and Career Advising. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Washington.
Dr. Thomas B. Prior, professor of kinesiology and athletics, was hired in 1969 as UW-Eau Claire's first swim team coach. He directed the men's swim team for 30 years and the women's team for 20 years. Prior's men's teams won the conference title 24 of the past 28 years, while the women claimed 19 of the last 20 conference championships. He has earned the highest possible classification from the American Swim Coaches Association and was awarded the Master Coach and Distinguished Coach awards by the same organization. Prior received his bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University and his master's degree and doctorate from Indiana University.
Gerald S. Miller, acting associate director of Business and Student Services, will retire after serving UW-Eau Claire for 12 years. Miller joined the university's staff as the internal auditor in 1987. He was named interim associate director of Business Services in 1998. In his interim role, Miller's main responsibilities were to manage the university's accounting systems and to submit the required financial reports. Prior to joining UW-Eau Claire's staff, Miller spent 21 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and was an auditor for the UW System's Internal Audit for seven years. Miller earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Eau Claire.
Judy K. Ochrymowycz, a laboratory manager I in the chemistry department, joined UW-Eau Claire's staff in 1971. For the past 28 years, she has overseen the management of the UW-Eau Claire chemical stockroom, which included maintaining inventories, serving as a resource to faculty, students and staff, and overseeing compliance with local, state and federal regulations. She has been involved with the American Chemical Society's Division of Chemical Health and Safety and its Central Wisconsin Section, as well as with the National Association of Scientific Materials Managers. Ochrymowycz received her bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her master's degree from Iowa State University.

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Janice B. Wisner
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Updated: Dec. 10, 1999