Scenes from a farewell celebration
[26K] Fryxell with
one of her first graduate students, Dr. Linda Medlin. (Photo by Rahilla
[43K] Fryxell receives a crystal award from the biological
oceanography section. (Photo by Donald P. Shatto)
[43K] Sayed El-Sayed delivers a tribute to Fryxell's
productive career. (Photo by Donald P. Shatto)
[34K] Dean Robert Duce congratulates Fryxell. (Photo
by Donald P. Shatto)
In the fall of 1994, Dr. Greta Fryxell retired from TAMU's oceanography
department after an illustrious fourteen-year career. In January 1995 the
department held a farewell dinner in her honor, attended by Dr. Fryxell's
closest colleagues and her students.
The defining characteristic of Dr. Fryxell's accomplishments in oceanography
is the dedication and support she has devoted to her students. To demonstrate
this Celia Villac read aloud some messages from Fryxell's former students
which superbly express the breadth and depth of her involvement with students
and biological oceanography:
"She was very helpful to me when I first came to A&M as a foreign student.
She offered me an office space before I got to know anybody in the building.
She bravely [lent] her car to me, so that everybody in the lab could take
turns to teach me to how to drive."
-Chieh Peng, M.S. 1990
"While there are volumes to be told of our relationship, first as mentor
and student, and now as colleagues, my association with Greta can best be
described as always exciting and ultimately rewarding both professionally
and personally. As a mentor, she conveyed by example the importance of critical
thinking and insight, as well as what it means not only to be a dedicated
scientist but to sincerely enjoy science and the rewards that come from
even the simplest discoveries. As a colleague, Greta's generous sharing
of her resources has stimulated progress in our field on numerous fronts,
and she continues to challenge both herself and those around her to explore
new ideas and directions in our work."
-Greg Doucett, M.S. 1982
"The rigorous training in phytoplankton systematics has served me well
over the years, and instilled in me a deep respect for scholarship and the
contributions of past scientists. In addition, [Greta] allowed me to witness
the spectrum of activities that is science in this country, including grant
writing, lab administration, networking and politics."
-Tracy Villareal, M.S. 1981
"It has been a privilege for me to be one of her students. All the
experience that I gained from her will be of great value during my career
as a teacher and researcher in my country [Chile]." -Jose Luis Iriarte,
"Greta Fryxell is a dedicated instructor and a thoughtful friend. What
always impressed me about Greta, and I will always appreciate, is the sincere
consideration and interest she shows her students. I was always treated
as a colleague with opinions and ideas of value rather than as a subordinate
graduate student. Greta's desire to teach and "spread the word"
about phytoplankton was evident every day-she always had the time to assist
and was never too busy to approach with questions. She is a true mentor
in every sense of the word."
-Rick Gould, Ph.D. 1987
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