Gordon in the News: last updated 10/20/2006

Dr. Jerrold Mcnatt Retires After 35 Years at Gordon College

Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-Dr. Jerrold McNatt, professor of physics at Gordon College and a resident of Topsfield, retired at the conclusion of the spring 2006 semester.

McNatt joined the faculty at Gordon in 1971 and served as chair of the physics department during his entire tenure. He initiated and taught courses in analog and digital electronics, thermal physics and modern physics, and developed a course for non-science majors called "Energy and Man" which sought to understand the complex energy issues facing the United States and the world.

Provost Mark Sargent noted that many of McNatt's students have gone on to achieve major distinctions in the academy, industry and missions, and said "he will leave a strong legacy of challenging some of Gordon's finest students to pursue excellence." At a recent retirement dinner attended by physics alumni, family and friends, more than $100,000 was raised toward a physics laboratory to be named in McNatt's honor that will be part of the Ken Olsen Science Center, an 80,000 square foot facility that will be constructed on Gordon's campus beginning this summer.

McNatt holds degrees from Wheaton College (B.S.) and the University of Illinois (M.S. and Ph.D.).


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