2012 Retirees: (l-r) Susan Timberlake, Professor Thomas Porter,
Michael Carter, Ranny Robertson, Professor Wallace Martin
Randolph-Macon College held a celebration to honor faculty and staff retirees on
April 26, 2012 in the Trustees Room of Estes Dining Hall. Retirees included Professors
Thomas Porter (history) and W. Wallace Martin
(biology) and members of R-MC’s staff, Michael
Carter (advancement), G. Randolph “Ranny” Robertson
(business office), and Susan Timberlake (provost’s office).
“Randolph-Macon’s faculty and staff love what they do,” said R-MC president, Robert
R. Lindgren. “They are loyal and committed, value the role that R-MC plays in producing
leaders and good citizens, and are dedicated to the well-being and success of our
students,” he said. “I would like to thank our retirees for investing so much of
their lives with us and for enriching the college in the process. You leave an enduring
Thomas W. Porter, Ph.D. (history)
Professor Thomas “Tom” Porter joined the faculty at Randolph-Macon College in 1974.
In addition to his duties as history professor, he also held many administrative
duties during his 38-year tenure at the college. He served as acting dean of the
college, associate dean of the college, dean of institutional planning, chair of
the college’s strategic planning committee, director of the Asian studies program,
and chair of the history department. Porter earned his B.A. in history, M.A. and
Ph.D. in British history at Northern Illinois University.
In addition to acknowledging Porter’s numerous contributions to Randolph-Macon and
the history department, Mark Malvasi, the Isaac Newton Vaughan Professor of History
at R-MC, highlighted Porter’s deep commitment and dedication to his students and
colleagues as well as his ability to share humor and look at the lighter side of
W. Wallace Martin, Ph.D. (biology)
Wallace Martin, the Stephen H. Watts Professor of Biology at Randolph-Macon College,
joined the faculty in 1971 and was named chair of the biology department in 1974.
His is considered an expert in the field of mycology, which is a sub-discipline
of microbiology and deals with the study of fungi. He has conducted groundbreaking
research on saprophytic fungi as well as parasitic species important in the natural
control of mosquitos, midges and blackflies. Martin earned his B.A. in biology and
Ph.D. in botany from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“Undergraduate research is dear to his heart and he has mentored dozens of students,”
said Charles Gowan, the Paul H. Wornom, M.D., Professor of Biological Sciences at
R-MC. “His real legacy is in the form of all those students and all the hours of
Michael C. Carter (advancement)
Michael Carter graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor’s degree in
English in 1975 and joined the staff in 1981. Carter has worked in R-MC’s college
advancement department for 31 years. He not only helped raise millions of dollars
for the college, but he is also a generous donor. Carter and his wife Alison, enthusiastic
supporters of the Randolph-Macon Fund, established in 1966 the Thomas P. and Betty
M. Carter Scholarship (in honor of his parents) to aid financially deserving students.
“Mike found his calling when he came to work for R-MC. His love for his alma mater
and wonderful demeanor with fellow alumni is admired by those in our department,”
said Diane Lowder, vice president for college advancement. “We thank Mike for his
dedication and guidance.”
G. Randolph “Ranny” Robertson (business office)
Ranny Robertson joined Randolph-Macon College in 1995 as project manager of construction
projects following a distinguished career at Dominion Power. Robertson managed several
major projects and improvements to buildings during his tenure at the college including
the Brock Sports and Recreation Center, Blackwell Auditorium, Crenshaw Gymnasium,
the new Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park baseball facility, the tennis court complex
and Andrews Hall, a residence facility for freshmen.
“Ranny will be remembered for his dedication and demand for excellence,” said Paul
Davies, R-MC vice president of administration and finance. “He looked after the
Colleges resources, is well-respected and yet was fair to our contractors.”
Susan G. Timberlake (provost’s office)
Susan Timberlake was hired as a secretary to the faculty at Randolph-Macon College
in 1996. She provided 16 years of support for many academic departments and worked
on countless projects over the years.
“Susan has provided exemplary service and made a valuable contribution to the faculty,
the Provost’s Office, and to Randolph-Macon College,” said R-MC’s Provost and Vice
President of Academic Affairs William Franz. “It is difficult to find a way to adequately
express our appreciation for the many years of service Susan has faithfully given
to the College.”