Aug. 29, 2011

College says farewell to emeriti

The college recently said farewell to emeriti — Barbara Rhodes and Harold Battersby.

  •  Lecturer Emerita Barbara Rhodes, a part-time instructor in the Department of English and full-time director of the Learning Skills Center from 1967 to 1993, died Aug. 10. She began her career at Geneseo teaching writing and literature, and developed a course on "The Term Paper"  before moving to the Language Skills Center. She served as center director from 1980 until her retirement in 1991. She continued to teach   writing part time until 1993. As early as 1985, she began experimenting with word processing as a teaching method, and presented her findings at local, state and national conferences. Her concern for students was evident in the fact that she audited language classes to enable her to understand the needs of Geneseo's growing population of students for whom English was a second language. She served on numerous college committees, contributed to the EOP summer orientation program and served on the executive board of the SUNY Council on Writing. 


  • Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Harold Battersby, who taught at Geneseo for nearly three decades, died in July. An internationally recognized linguist, he taught at the University of Istanbul, Turkey, before joining Geneseo faculty in 1970. Fluent in over a dozen languages, his travel and research included the Soviet Union and many Central Asian states. Before teaching, he was a translator and held other positions in four national governments.He published four books and numerous scholarly articles and reviews, and continued translation work throughout his career.After his retirement, the anthropology department established the Harold Battersby Award for Excellence in Linguistics, which is awarded annually to a senior.