Four retiring professors, 170 years & countless students inspired

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 18, 2016 — Four highly respected Drury University professors have announced they will retire at the conclusion of the academic year in May. The university community recently recognized the foursome – whose combined careers represent more than 170 years of teaching excellence and countless student lives touched.

“Faculty are the heart and soul of the university, and these longtime teachers and mentors truly exemplify what makes a Drury education special,” says Dr. Steven Combs, Drury’s provost. “Drury and its students have been fortunate to have these four individuals on campus over the decades.”

Left to right: Bill Rohlf, Protima Roy, Rabindra Roy, and Dudley Murphy.

The four are:

Dudley Murphy – 38 years

Murphy joined Drury’s Art Department in 1978 and went on to fashion a national reputation as a sculptor. He also built a strong and respected program in visual communication and graphic design, serving as its director. As recognition of his remarkable talents working with students and inspiring them as artists, he received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Drury Alumni Association in 2009. Murphy is also a published author who researched, wrote, designed and provided photographs for two volumes of books about vintage collectable fishing lures. The books have since become standard guides in the market.

Murphy’s passions and projects extend far beyond the classroom. He is also known as an accomplished guitarist, most notably playing with the nationally acclaimed bluegrass band Radio Flyer.

Dr. William (Bill) Rohlf – 44 years

Rohlf joined Drury’s Breech School of Business Administration in 1973. In his tenure as professor of economics, Rohlf has been honored as recipient of numerous awards, including the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award. He received the Richard C. Grayson Burlington Northern Chair of Business Administration in 2003. His very successful basic economics textbook, first published in 1988 and now in its eighth edition, is widely recognized for its emphasis on the application of economic reasoning to the analysis of current economic events.

Affectionately known to his students as “Dr. Lovable,” Rohlf is indeed a caring but demanding teacher who is highly respected for his innovative methods and teaching style. Breech alumni from the last 40-plus years enjoy sharing Dr. Rohlf stories whenever they meet. His dedication to teaching has been a model for many colleagues and he has been a role model and mentor to countless students, some of whom have gone on to earn their Ph.D. in economics and now teach at other universities.

Dr. Protima Roy – 41 years

Protima Roy joined Drury’s School of Education in 1975. During her time at Drury, Roy has been an advocate for student research and the inquiry method of teaching science. She has been the recipient of many grants and awards through the years including a National Science Foundation grant that funded collaborative projects between Drury, Pipkin Middle School and Central High School. For many years Dr. Roy’s science education students have helped Boyd students complete science fair projects with presentations on the Drury campus.

Through the years, Dr. Roy has had an immeasurable impact on teachers in the region. Her many students now emulate what they learned about inquiry-based learning and science education at Drury and that impact is felt in countless classrooms today.

Dr. Rabindra Roy – 50 years

Roy joined Drury’s Department of Chemistry in 1966. A distinguished educator and chemist, he is best characterized by his passion for undergraduate research and science education. Roy has conducted collaborative research with more than 50 scientists around the world including Nobel Laureates William Giauque and Johann Deisenhofer.

During his tenure at Drury, Roy developed an innovative model for undergraduate research that has trained hundreds of future scientists and healthcare professionals. Roy and his students have made 485 scientific presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. He received grants and contracts totaling more than $4.5 million dollars to fund his research, and has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Roy has received numerous awards including the American Chemical Society National Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution in 1998.

Roy’s passion for science education extends beyond the boundaries of Drury University. In 1995, Dr. Roy and his wife, Dr. Protima Roy, founded Hem Sheela Model School in Durgapur, India with 350 students. The two campuses of Hem Sheela have grown to 24 acres and now enroll more than 5,000 students. It is one of the most prestigious K-12 schools in India, routinely scoring at the top of national exams in science and math. It is a sister school of Drury University. In 2007, the Roys also founded a tribal school for first-generation learners.

Dr. Roy is an example of a life well lived. He has invested his life educating future scientists through his work at Drury and Hem Sheela. He has influenced thousands of students, dined with numerous Nobel Laureates, and had an audience with Mother Teresa. The scope of Dr. Roy’s life work will extend well beyond his 50 years at Drury.


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