Sep. 12, 2012

Geneseo loses emeriti

The Geneseo college community recently lost three emeriti.

  • Tom Conlon '52, a 31-year member of the Geneseo faculty, died on Aug. 24, 2012. He joined faculty in 1960 as an assistant professor in the Holcomb "school of practice," where he taught elementary school-aged children, served as a model for observing pre-service teachers, and supervised student teachers. He later served as coordinator of student teaching, teaching faculty in the School of Education, and coordinator of secondary and special education field experiences.

  • William Gohlman, professor emeritus of history, spent more than 36 years at Geneseo, teaching students about the past and serving as a mentor and scholar. He died on Aug. 15. 2012. Gohlman joined the faculty in 1974 and was an expert in Islamic history. He also served as humanities coordinator for the first decade of the core sequence. President Christopher C. Dahl said his commitment, along with a few key colleagues, to humanities laid the foundation for its subsequent 25 years as a foundation for a Geneseo education. Gohlman was also a member of College Senate for years. After retiring in 2010, Gohlman continued to teach courses as needed.

  • Duncan P. "Dunc" Hinckley, 81, who joined the faculty in 1967 and served as an associate professor in the Health and Physical Education Department until his retirement in 1993, died on July 29, 2012. A coach of the college swimming and diving team, he is respected for founding a swimming and diving dynasty that went on to win 20 of the last 23 SUNYAC women's swimming and diving championships and 19 of the past 23 SUNYAC men's swimming and diving titles. Geneseo won eight SUNYAC titles while he was swimming and diving coach, and he was named SUNYAC Men's Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year three times and SUNYAC Women's Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year twice. Hinckley also served as men's golf team coach. He was inducted into the Geneseo Sports Hall of Fame.