News - Faculty Retirements
  • Dr. Richard Bonnett officially retired at the end of 2002 after 35 years of service as a faculty member in the department. He also served as Departmental Chair from 1977 to 1992. His research activities focused on Pleistocene drainage changes and deposits along the ancient Teays and Ohio River Valleys. He was also actively involved as a private consultant in the region, conducting numerous studies of environmental problems and acting as expert witness on occasion. Dick played a key role in developing a blueprint to renovate the Geology facilities that the department moved into in 1990-1992.

    In June of 2002, Dick suddenly developed a cerebral aneurysm underwent emergency surgery. A series of complications including stroke required many weeks of hospitalization followed by an extensive period of rehabilitation. He has made significant progress in his recovery, and currently resides with his wife Katie in Rome Township, Ohio.

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  • Dr. Protip Ghosh taught his last course in the spring of 2004 and will officially retire in August 2004 after 22 years of service at Marshall, including a 3 year stint at Chair from 1995-1998. Dr. Ghosh was successful in coauthoring several National Science Foundation grant proposals that led to significant upgrades in instrumentation, including the acquisition of an ICP and SEM. His research touched on a wide range of topics including iron in mice, lake sediment geochemistry, and petrology of igneous dikes in Maine and India. He also did private consulting regarding various environmental problems in the region.
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