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Lasting Legacies

After three decades of service, several pillars of the campus community retire. 

How is it possible to summarize a career in higher education that spans more than 30 years? The mind boggles at the sheer number of lectures prepared, papers graded, meetings attended, and books and articles written. But mostly, we marvel at the lives transformed.

This spring, in response to an offer of voluntary early retirement, several members of the Lewis & Clark community announced their retirements. We caught up with four of them―each of whom has served 30 years or more in a position of high student contact―and asked them to reflect on their experiences at Lewis & Clark.

Click on a professor’s name to read their story.


Nicole Aas-Rouxparis, Professor of French

Years of Service: 37


Stephen Dow Beckham, Pamplin Professor of History 

Years of Service: 34


Greg Caldwell, Associate Dean of Students and Director of International Students and Scholars 

Years of Service: 35


James Huffman, Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law and Former Dean of the Law School 

Years of Service: 37


Kip Ault, Professor of Education

Years of Service: 24


Dave Becker, Director of Bands

Years of Service: 28


David Fix, Head Track and Field Coach/Assistant Cross Country Coach

Years of Service: 30


Bob Gaillard, Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Years of Service: 21


Peter Nycum, Associate Dean of Boley Law Library

Years of Service: 32

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