EPHRAIM - Four retired science professors will be recognized for their contributions to Snow College at a reunion on Sept. 13.
Together, Boyd Beck, Paul Fore, Jim Luster and Bart Nelson have 135 years of experience teaching in Ephraim. What makes this group impressive, however, is not just their long-standing performance, but their inseparable camaraderie.
Bart Nelson reviews his 42 years of teaching experience fondly. Recalling professional collaboration, friendships and even occasional pranks, he said that Snow College was “a fantastic place to teach primarily because of my colleagues.”
“We have a great deal of respect for each other as professors, colleagues and friends,” he added. “We thoroughly had a good time.”
Boyd Beck agrees. “We were dedicated to students,” he said, “but we had fun.”
BOYD BECK — Began teaching at Snow College in 1977. A professional chemist, he holds patents to 12 products for Chem-Dry and 3M Corporation and is currently working on some more. He and his wife Sandra reside in Spring City.
PAUL FORE — Originally a high school teacher, Fore was brought onto the Snow chemistry staff in 1982 by Boyd Beck. He has also taught and certified hundreds of Emergency Medical Technicians and served on the Ambulance Association for the past 20 years. He and his wife Rebecka live in Ephraim.
JIM LUSTER – Started his career in Engineering and Physics in 1971. He has worked at Snow College for 37 years. He and his wife Joey live in Ephraim, though he’s currently on leave teaching in Hawaii.
BART NELSON — A former Snow student himself, Nelson taught at the college for 42 years, including 14 years coaching tennis. He co-founded Majock Books with Ted Olsen to sell math and science textbooks at cheaper rates to students. He and his wife Barbara live in Ephraim.
The “SciGuys” will take center stage during halftime of the Badger football game. At 3 p.m., the reunion will host activities including outdoor games, flight simulations and campus tours while the professors mingle and reminisce. A free barbeque will be held in their honor at 5:30 p.m. following an address by Snow College President Scott Wyatt.
Call (435) 283-7062 or visit www.snow.edu/alumni for more details or to RSVP.