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Lawrence Darby
Sir Lawrence Darby, a custodian who worked at the Winthrop Coliseum, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 23, from injuries sustained in a car accident. He was 53 years old. Darby, who joined the Winthrop staff in August 2000, was very active with the Samaritan’s Feet project involving Winthrop’s athletics teams and coaches. The project collected shoes for needy children. In his spare time, Darby was a DJ. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. at the Winthrop Coliseum. 

Renae Myles began her duties on Oct. 3 as senior associate athletic director for internal operations, chief operating officer, and senior woman administrator. Myles has over 19 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics. She previously served at the University of Connecticut, University of Pittsburgh, San Jose State, Delaware State, Southwest Baptist University and Alabama A&M University.

Ed Guettler, retired Winthrop professor of mathematics, passed away on July 26. He was 79. Guettler served as a faculty member and department administrator for nearly 30 years at Winthrop. During that time, he won several of the university's prestigious awards, including the 1986 James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1990 Faculty/Student Life Award. He also served as Chief Faculty Marshal and as faculty representative to the Winthrop Board of Trustees. Outside of the classroom, he coached the cross country team for seven years. The Griffin-Guettler Endowed Scholarship was established in the names of the late Dr. Mary Roland Griffin and Dr. Guettler by Kathy and Larry Bigham to honor the two distinguished faculty members.

After an extensive national search, Ken Halpin, deputy athletic director at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, has been selected as Winthrop University’s Director of Athletics.Halpin will begin work on July 11 and will be responsible for the administration of all aspects of Winthrop’s NCAA Division I athletics program. He will provide strategic leadership and direction for a program that places a priority on academic achievement and athletic excellence.

Retired Professor Barbara Heinemann passed away on March 16. She taught Spanish language and literature for 23 years in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Throughout her career, she also taught methods classes for teachers, supervised student teachers and conducted Study Abroad programs for graduate and undergraduate students. When she retired in May of 2013, she was awarded emeritus status.

Long-time Winthrop University Fine Arts Associate Professor Paul Martyka passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 27.The Detroit, Michigan, native taught drawing, painting and printmaking in the Department of Fine Arts. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.At a prayer vigil held Tuesday night at Rutledge Building in the printmaking studio, students and friends came together for a powerful display of love for their professor. As Martyka spent his last hours in intensive care, his students recalled a man who ordered his life so that nothing was wasted, always put the students’ interests first and displayed a quiet compassion and concern for their well-being. One of his favorite sayings was: “Now, get to work.”His admirers said Martyka had a knack for taking materials, redefining them as sculpture and changing their meaning. His printmaking abilities were equally gifted and were laden with icons and symbolism.Read mnore: http://www.winthrop.edu/news-events/article.aspx?id=43330 

Ernest Roach, Jr., who worked in Winthrop University's facilities management for 35 years, passed away Jan. 24. He was 88. A York County native, Roach was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Woodland United Methodist Church. "Ernie" began working at Winthrop in 1948 after his war service, one of only two electricians on campus. He met and fell in love with Winthrop student Jacquelyn. They were married for 62 years.Ernie's time at Winthrop--1948 to 1985--saw much change. He and his fellow electrician Johnny Nichols converted the entire campus (lines, switches and transformers) from a 2,300-volt primary system with lots of overhead poles and wires to a 4,160-volt underground system that is still in use today. He was responsible for the star on the Winthrop Christmas Tree every year, a feat that had him climbing an old ladder lashed to the tree's great trunk. "He was always cheerful and thoughtful and did all his work in a methodical and extremely neat way," said Walter Hardin, associate vice president for Facilities Management. "He was a true craftsman, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend and loyal Winthrop employee." He is survived by his wife; his brother and sister-in law; his son, Ben, who also works at Winthrop; and his grandson.

Geology Professor Irene Boland, 74, a Rock Hill native who earned her Ph.D. 33 years after completing her bachelor’s degree and falling in love with geology, passed away Sunday, Jan. 3.Her department chair, Pat Owens, said that Boland was a very special person who discovered a love for geology more than two decades after graduating from Winthrop. She was also noted for her love of her students. Winthrop awarded Boland the James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching at the December 2012 Commencement ceremony. She also received the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000 and served on the Board of Directors of the Carolinas Geological Society and was its president in 2005.A few years ago, the National Park Service published the Digital Geologic Map for Cowpens National Battlefield. About 90 percent of the map was completed by Boland, an effort that took years of work.In 2014, Boland established a new Winthrop endowment to assist geology and physics faculty members in attracting and retaining high-caliber students interested in conducting summer research projects.