Geology professor Donald Gorman always expects his students to be students first, a fact that, along with his forceful and dynamic teaching style, leads some to dub him a hard teacher.According to Merrill Foster, chairman of the geology department and Gorman's longtime colleague, it isn't entirely uncommon to find Gorman on top of a table during the middle of a lecture.
will say goodbye to his
colleagues and students alike this spring when he
retires after almost 42 years at Bradley.Gorman came to Bradley in 1962 after earning his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois.
Then-dean Schroyer had contacted U
of I in search of someone who could develop a full geology program for Bradley.
Before 1962, the university usually only offered one geology class each year through the Department of Geography and Geology.Gorman
first 10 years on the job separating geology from geography and increasing the course offerings and faculty.In 1967 and 1969, Gorman
recruited the two other current members of the faculty: Henry Helenek from Brown University
and Merrill Foster from Harvard University
Helenek and Foster helped Gorman
to build the department into a substantial program that at one time boasted 52 majors and four faculty members.
...In 1970, the geography and geology departments split and Gorman was named the department's founding chairman.He
held this position until 1983 when he
resigned to pursue other interests.Gorman
spent many summers teaching field courses around the country for schools with more developed programs, such as Portland State University
of I, the University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of Arkansas
"These programs were beneficial because the resulting relationships allowed Bradley geology students a chance to take a semester field program elsewhere," Gorman
...Gorman is also active outside of the Bradley community, serving as the president of the City and County Landfill Committee for the past 17 years.He
analyzed the geological conditions for the Peoria Fire Training Center site, and he
participates in other civic and geological activities.
has high hopes for his
"This will give others the opportunity to take over what we started," Gorman
"Learn about what you're taking in geology and other classes," Gorman