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Archive for Monday, May 4, 1992

BAKER CEREMONY TO MARK INDUCTION OF 2 FORMER PROFS INTO HALL OF FAME

May 4, 1992

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— Baker University will induct two former professors into the Baker University Faculty Hall of Fame during the school's annual Honors and Endowment Convocation at 7 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin.

Alice Anne Callahan, a professor of music from 1953 to 1988, and the late Ivan L. Boyd, a biology professor from 1941 to 1972, will join eight former professors in the hall of fame.

The ceremony is open to the public, and a reception will follow in the Holt-Russell Gallery at Parmenter Hall.

Callahan graduated from Baker in 1948, and later received a master's degree from Northwestern University School of Music and a doctorate from Syracuse University. She began teaching music and art courses at Baker in 1953.

She developed the university's first travel interterm, "Fine Arts in Vienna," which has continued for 18 years. She also founded the annual Baker Fine Arts Festival, and helped form the Baldwin City Arts Council. She retired from teaching in 1989, but remains at the university as chair of Baker's co-curricular committee.

Callahan was named an outstanding woman educator in America in 1975 and outstanding Baker professor in 1977. She received the university's outstanding scholarship award in 1988.

Boyd grew up in Iowa and received a bachelor's degree from Simpson College in 1931. He earned advanced degrees at Iowa State University and began his teaching career in rural Iowa schools.

He joined the Baker faculty as the sole instructor of biology in 1941. He directed the Baker Wetlands, just south of Lawrence, until his death in 1982. His son, Roger Boyd, a biology professor at Baker, currently directs the school's natural areas.

Baker's Ivan L. Boyd Arboretum displays more than 135 varieties of trees and shrubs, and the Ivan L. Boyd Woods, a 35-acre area north of Baldwin, serves as an outdoor laboratory for Baker students.

Boyd was a founder of Baldwin's annual Maple Leaf Festival and was active in Boy Scouts and several professional organizations.

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