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Three retiring Longwood faculty members honored

March 31, 2009

Dr. Martha Cook (from left), Marilyn Osborn and Dr. Enza McCauley Dr. Martha Cook (from left), Marilyn Osborn and Dr. Enza McCauley

Three retiring Longwood University faculty members, two of whom have served for more than 35 years, were honored recently.

They are Dr. Martha Cook, professor of English, who came to Longwood in 1973; Marilyn Osborn, assistant professor of education, who came in 1970 and directed the Longwood Nursery School for 31 years; and Dr. Enza McCauley, assistant professor of science education, who came in 2004 and until recently directed the Liberal Studies program. Osborn retired Dec. 31, 2008, and Dr. Cook and Dr. McCauley are retiring at the end of the current academic year.

"Each of these women has been an example for the younger faculty who are now following in their footsteps and who must step forward and fill their shoes. That will not be an easy task," said Longwood President Patricia Cormier in a campus reception March 26. "Their careers have been marked by distinction. With their retirement, Longwood loses three outstanding individuals; colleagues whose ability, dedication and caring have touched us all and have made Longwood a better place."

Dr. Cook has chaired the jury for the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature numerous times. She was a Fulbright lecturer in Southern literature at the University of Waikato in New Zealand in 1987, during which she lectured at several universities in that country and in Australia. She was president of the Society of Southern Literature from 1996 to 1998 and was co-editor of Resources for American Literary Study from 1980 to 1986. She is secretary of the Longwood chapter of the American Association of University Professors and is a former board member of the Robert Russa Moton Museum: A Center for the Study of Civil Rights in Education.

Osborn was director and a teacher at the Longwood Nursery School from 1970 until it closed in 2001. After 2001, she continued to teach in the Department of Education and Special Education and was the coordinator for the Liberal Studies/elementary education program. She has worked with other area professionals to provide twice-yearly early childhood workshops for early childhood teachers and daycare teachers and directors. She is active in the Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children.

Dr. McCauley directed the Liberal Studies program for a year-and-a-half until the beginning of this spring semester. She was principal of Goochland County High School from 2000 to 2002, after serving as assistant principal for four years, and she did consulting for two years after leaving that school. She was a science specialist for the Virginia Department of Education from 1992 to 1994; taught chemistry at Heritage High School in Lynchburg from 1983 to 1992; and taught chemistry, algebra and geometry at Victor Senior High School in Victor, N.Y., from 1975 to 1983.