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Long-time professor, Dr. Curtis Beechan, set to retire
April 2, 2014
Dr. Curtis Beechan, professor of chemistry at Sterling College, announced his retirement at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. This May will mark the end of his 27th year of teaching at the College.
“It has been a privilege to have Dr. Beechan in our Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The knowledge he’s passed on to students from the hands-on experience he’s had as an organic chemist and his passion for teaching chemistry from a Christian perspective added a wonderful integration of faith to our chemistry classes. He has inspired our students, and we will miss him,” said Dr. Gregory Kerr, vice president for academic affairs.
In 1996, Beechan won the McCreery Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. This award is annually presented to a professor whose efforts have provided noteworthy and innovate instruction to Sterling College students during the academic year. Dr. Jonathan Conard, assistant professor of biology, has watched Beechan interact with students over the past six years.
“I've really been privileged to be able to work with Dr. Beechan. He's an extremely intelligent professor with a strong faith. I've been really impressed by his high academic standards that have helped many students to successfully prepare for graduate and medical school programs. I'll miss Dr. Beechan's sense of humor and watching some of his cool chemistry demonstrations,” said Dr. Jonathan Conard, assistant professor of biology.
Beechan served on several com