Gordon in the News: last updated 10/24/2008

Retired Gordon Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

October 10, 2008

Calen Rubin
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA--After 40 years of teaching English at Gordon College, Peter W. Stine retired last May. This fall, the Alumni Association presented the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Stine for his numerous contributions to the Gordon community.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an alumnus or friend of Gordon to honor him or her for a lifetime of service to the College, its community and its mission.

During his time at Gordon, Dr. Stine specialized in 18th and 19th century British and American Literature and developed new classes in African literature and Nobel Prize winners in fiction, poetry, and drama. He also founded the Princemere Readers Theatre troupe and led the first and subsequent British studies trips for the European Seminar program.

Dr. Stine performed in many dramatic and musical productions on campus. In December 2007, he participated in his final Christmas performance at Gordon, beginning the evening by reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson-a longstanding tradition at Gordon. He also performed monologues of Christians from throughout history, such as Adoniram Judson Gordon, in 26 states and 11 countries. During Homecoming Weekend, Stine continued his reading tradition at Gordon by reading excerpts from C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia during the "Smart Scots Sessions."

Dr. Stine is pleased to receive this award. "It shows that I'm closing out my life at Gordon with some sort of meaning," he said.

The award was presented during Homecoming's "Great Scots Awards" ceremony held in the Ken Olsen Science Center Loggia at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 10.

For information, or to request an interview, please contact Calen Rubin in the Office of College Communications at 978.867.4235 or at


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