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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 65, Number 10 (July 1964)

Several outstanding faculty retire,   pp. 23-26

Page 26

Munro              Riker
Swindell           Wahlin
Walker             Whitney
ment of tree diseases might be
slowed down. In 1955 he made a
discovery which had ,tremendous im-
plications for the spread of tree dis-
eases by confirming the trees are
often connected to each other by
root grafts. He and his associates
have also opened up an area of plant
research which may help discover
the key to cancer in humans. Author
or co-author of more than 170 tech-
nical papers, and holder of many
honors for his research, Prof. Riker
has been at the UW since 1922.
   Miss Blanche Swindell, assistant
 professor of English at the UW
 Center in Menasha, joined the UW
 Extension staff 18 years ago at Fond
 du Lac when that city had one of
 the many centers for returning GIs.
 Earlier, she had headed the English
 department in a suburban Chicago
 high school. Prof. Swindell, who has
 studied at Columbia University,
 Northwestern University, the Uni-
 versity of Chicago, and at Cam-
 bridge University in England, has
 been cited by the Center director
 for her role in encouraging her stu-
 dents to go on to further their edu-
 cation. Miss Swindell will retire in
 Manchester, Iowa.
   Prof. Hugo B. Wahlin, 71, phys-
 ics, leads the retiring group in years
 of service to the University with 43.
Though he has been involved in
much research, including his role in
the Manhattan bomb project during
World War II, Prof. Wahlin's pri-
mary interests and aims have been
in teaching undergraduates. The
most significant change he has seen
in his field, he says, is the change
from the research problem to the re-
search project, the emphasis on
group research and huge labora-
tories. While these trends have led
to great discoveries and accomplish-
ments, he emphasizes that great
things don't come from group action,
but from individuals. A University
of -Chicago student of R. A. Mil-
likan, one of the great figures in the
history of physics, Prof. Wahlin has
been primarily interested in the
fields of gas conduction and solid
state physics. His older son was the
design engineer of the workhorse
Able stage used in the U.S. space
   Prof. J. C. Walker, UW plant
 breeder and pathologist, retires a'fter
 45 years' work on the idea that
 plants inherit disease resistance, a
 principle he has been a leader in
 demonstrating. His earliest project
 at the UW was participation in the
 breeding program to develop cab-
bages resistant to yellow diseases.
Many other vegetable diseases have
been curtailed by the "Walker
touch." He has also shown the rela-
tion of enzymes to diseases 'and the
relation of plant nutrition to disease
susceptibility. Named "Man of the
Year" by the Vegetable Growers of
America in 1954, Prof. Walker is the
author of two books which are clas-
sics in his field, and has written over
400 technical publications.
  Prof. Beryl Whitney, assistant pro-
fessor of English at the UW Center
in Kenosha, retires with a sharp
awareness that students' needs for
effective expression of their native
tongue hasn't changed in a half a
century. "Writing is really the su-
preme test of one's educational back-
grounds," she says. "Everyone needs
to learn to express ideas and opin-
ions well in 10 or 15 minutes." Miss
Whitney, who has been with the UW
Center at Kenosha through its time
of greatest change, is delighted with
the new center building. "It is good,"
she says, "because you can sense a
campus spirit generating round the
new building." Miss Whitney, who
is also very interested in adult edu-
cation, has taught for the UW in
Madison and at colleges in Missouri
and Tennessee.
  Prof. Ortha L. Wilner begins her
retirement from the classics depart-
ment of UW-M with a trip to Eur-
ope this fall. When she returns, Prof.
Wilner will write a new type of
Latin textbook for 'advanced college
courses in composition. Presently
she is focusing on medieval Roman
language by assisting with transla-
tion 'of a book on musicology. At
Milwaukee since 1931, when she
joined the faculty of Wisconsin
State Teachers College, Prof. Wilner
served as chairman of the 'foreign
language department from 1932-55.
She feels it has been a challenge to
serve as a mediator between the
classics of ancient Greek and Roman
thought and today's thought pat-
terns. Since 1930, Prof. Wilner has
had numerous articles published in
the journals of her field and has also
prepared a syllabus of Latin and
Greek terms. She plans to retire in
Buffalo, N. Y., where she was born.
                Wisconsin Alumnus

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