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FC: Retirement from Clemson University - December, 2005 by Dan D. Edie

1: With my retirement approaching, Marge and I decided to build a new home on Lake Keowee. We moved into our retirement home in April, 2001. The view from the house is spectacular.

2: I officially retired from Clemson University in December, 2005. My retirement celebration consisted of two events: a vacation in the Florida Keys with our children and grandchildren, and a dinner sponsored by the Department of Chemical Engineering after we returned.

3: Part 1: The Family Retirement Party December 26, 2005, to January 2, 2006 Marathon, Florida

4: After having our flight out of Greenville canceled, and then being rerouted through Tampa, we were finally on our way. A week of fun and relaxation with the nine most important people in my life. This was the ideal way to begin retirement!

5: Marge flew down to the Florida Keys two months earlier to find the best place to stay. Her choice was perfect! Marge rented three condo units at the Coco Plum in Marathon: one for us, one for Sharon, Kevin, Kayleigh and Alyssa, and one for John, Kara, Riley and Jeremy.

6: The lower floor of each unit had a large screened-in porch, a kitchen and a small eating area. | The condo units surrounded a central swimming pool that got plenty of use during the week.

7: The upper floor of each unit had a living room, two bedrooms. and two bathrooms.

8: Beautiful scenery, pleasant surroundings, and plenty of time to be together with the family ...

9: Relaxing with Marge and playing with Kayleigh, Riley, Alyssa and Jeremy ...

10: All these pictures of our week in the Keys were taken by either John and Kara or Sharon and Kevin. Marge and I had two cameras, but bad luck occurred. Somehow we lost one just before we left Marathon - we really panicked when we discovered the camera was missing. When we took the rolls of film from the other camera to be processed back at home, they were blank! - a problem with the shutter. Thankfully, our children and their spouses took plenty of photos during the week!

11: A week to read, relax, play with your family, and bond with your cousins ...

12: A week to swim and play in the sun ...

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22: and even swim and play in the dark ...

23: but, most importantly, a week to relax with the family ...

24: Oh yes, we even swam and played in the ocean ...

25: We hunted for shells and took long walks along the beach.

26: A time to explore the mystery of your own shadow ...

27: A time to share, and a time to test your courage ...

28: When we got hungry, we found great restaurants that served today's catch.

29: There were plenty of attractions to visit. However, we never could figure out what the "African Queen" was doing in the Florida Keys.

30: The glass bottom boat was a great way to explore the undersea world.

31: The Key Largo Princess cruises the coral reefs in the John Pennekamp State Underwater Park near Key Largo. The view through its glass bottom is fascinating.

32: The boat ride was nearly as much fun as watching the world below the boat.

33: And then there were the friendly creatures at the dolphin park ...

34: During the week Kayleigh, Alyssa, Riley, and Jeremy became friends with a couple of girls who lived in a beach house next door to the Coco Plum condos. On New Years eve, the children were invited to a "beach party" at their house.

35: The party began with a coconut painting contest followed by a sand digging contest. Everybody won!

36: The neighbors' dog loved the activity and the attention. It seemed to be a "baby" at heart.

37: Next came the "shaving cream" contest. This evolved into a game of tag. The object seemed to be to see who could plaster everyone else with the most shaving cream.

38: The children caught on surprisingly fast.

39: In the end, the contest was pretty much a tie.

40: Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end ....

41: But, fortunately, the wonderful memories of this week with my family will last. No one could ask for a better retirement gift.

42: Part 2: The Department of Chemical Engineering Retirement Party February 4, 2006 Calhoun Corners Clemson, SC | After Marge and I returned, the Department of Chemical Engineering organized a retirement dinner in my honor. I had wanted to teach at the college-level ever since my undergraduate days at Ohio University. In January of 1975, Clemson was kind enough to give me the opportunity. I taught at Clemson for 31 rewarding years.

43: I was both surprised and humbled by the turnout. The dinner was attended by nearly all of the faculty, staff, and their spouses, nearly all of our retired faculty, and a large number of my former graduate students.

44: Gary Hayes (MS 1989, PhD 1993) joking with Marge | me with Richard Dayrit (MS 1996) and William Nothwang (MS 1997, PhD 2001) | John McHugh (PhD 1994), Catherine Hayes, William Nothwang (MS 1997, PhD 2001), and Harald Dobberstein (PhD 2001)

45: Mark Thies and Doris McIntire | John Beard and Patsy Melsheimer | John McHugh (PhD 1994), Adela McHugh, Kerry Robinson (PhD 1995), and Gary Hayes (MS 1989, PhD 1993)

46: Jack and Dianne Jackson | Mark and Evanne Thies | Steve and Patsy Melsheimer, and Terri Bruce

47: Diane and Jimmy Stamey | Doug and Charlotte Hirt, Charlie Gooding, and Mary Barron | Emily and Paul Bell (PhD 1985)

48: Richard Dayrit (MS 1996), Elizabeth Stoner (PhD 1991), and Bradley Gantt (MS 1987) | Bud Rice and Joe Mullins | Amod and Varida Ogale, and Tony Guiseppi-Elie

49: Carol and Jim Goodwin | Sheri and Mike Kilbey | Kerry Robinson (PhD 1995) and Mike Drews

50: Richard Dayrit (MS 1996), William Nothwang (MS 1997, PhD 2001), and Catherine Hayes | Harald Dobberstein (PhD 2003) and me. Harald came to Clemson from Erlangen University in Germany and completed his Diplomarbeit under my direction in 1995. He was an excellent student but had trouble with our "timed" exams. I convinced him to transfer to the PhD program in Materials Engineering.

51: After dinner, each of my former students took turns telling tales about me. This is Paul Bell (PhD 1993), my first PhD student. He and his wife came from Washington, DC, for the dinner. | Harald Dobberstein is now on the faculty of the Physics Department at Cambridge University. He flew from England to attend the dinner. | William Nothwang completed his MS under me in 1997. Like Harald, he was an excellent student but had trouble on our timed PhD qualifying exam. I also convinced him to change to Materials Engineering. He completed his PhD in 2001, and now works for the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland. He came from Maryland for the dinner. Although neither William nor Harald completed their PhD research under my direction, I consider them two of my very best Clemson graduates.

52: John McHugh (PhD 1994) telling a story. John chose to study the mathematics of liquid crystal orientation. He was so far ahead of me that I decided to take a sabbatical in order to have the time to better understand this class of mathematics. | Kerry Robinson (PhD 1995) reminiscing about working with me at Clemson. Kerry started working with me as a research assistant. During her time at Clemson, she earned her PhD in Materials Engineering. She was my first graduate in this interdisciplinary program. | Gary Hayes (MS 1989, PhD 1993) telling more stories. Gary got both degrees under my direction so he knows me particularly well.

53: Elizabeth Stoner (PhD 1991) remembering her former days as a graduate student. Beth was an extremely creative student. She won several national awards including the NSF scholarship that paid her PhD stipend and funded her research. | Jeff Meece (MS 1999) recalling the old days. Jeff was an excellent MS student. He and his family now live in Simpsonville, SC. | Bradley Gantt (MS 1987) commented about the positive influence that Marge and I had on him. Like all of my graduate students, Brad also enriched our lives.

54: After my former students finished telling stories, Mark Thies had a few comments to make. Mark was the faculty member who organized the wonderful evening. The department presented me with a kayak to paddle around Lake Keowee -- a perfect gift! | A few of Mark's comments. | Dedication plaque on the kayak.

55: Finally, I was allowed to make some comments. I remember mentioning how lucky I was to have such outstanding students and colleagues to work with. I also remember mentioning how lucky I was to have a family that supported everything I did. However, I probably should have also thanked Clemson University for paying me to have fun for 31 years!

56: After the dinner Graham Harrison, one of the younger faculty, sent me this note. I was truly touched by his comments. This is the kind of person that I was lucky enough to work with for 31 years. | Particia and Graham Harrison

57: A congratulatory note from Keith Hutchenson (MS 1982) | Marge and I took two albums containing photos of our days at Clemson to the dinner. We thought that they might bring back good memories to the faculty, staff, and my former students. However, this dinner with my professional family gave Marge and me memories that would fill a hundred albums.

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