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Retirement Party Held for Professor Sheardy

Posted November 19, 2010

After twenty continuous years of dedicated service to Kendall, Art History Program Chair Professor Robert Sheardy retired in May 2010. On Monday November 8, a retirement reception was held at Kendall for Professor Emeritus Sheardy.


Professor Robert Sheardy

Sheardy has been a long-time fixture at Kendall. With a Masters degree in Art History, he started his teaching career in 1968 as a visiting instructor at Hope College. He spent three years there, then after teaching at Muskegon Community College for 12 years, in 1983 he was invited to take a position as Assistant Professor at what was then called Kendall School of Design. 

After briefly taking time off to work on his doctorate at the University of Chicago and to teach as a visiting instructor at Grand Valley State College (now Grand Valley State University), Sheardy returned to Kendall in 1990.

Professor Sheardy established the first overseas study program in 1984, and has since conducted fifteen overseas projects. Through his efforts, students were offered rare opportunities to visit numerous art-rich centers, including Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Mexico and Morocco, as well as the art capitals of Western Europe.

One of his proudest moments was the publication of “Searching for America” a collection of essays on American art and culture that Sheardy collected and edited. The book was published in England in 2006, and is still available on Amazon.com. He is nearing completion on his history of one of his favorite subjects, illustration, from cave painting to the digital age.

The retirement reception was an opportunity for Sheardy to reconnect with family and friends. Some of his dearest friends were there, along with members of his family, including his ninety-year-old mother. Several students also showed up and to Sheardy’s delight, some alumni, including two former students who drove across the state to be there. 


Professor Sheardy and family

When asked to remark upon the party, Sheardy said, “I appreciate the great job done, particularly the delectable chocolate desserts. I also appreciate there was a photographic record of the event. Both Dr. Oliver Evans and my colleague, Professor Sue Eberle had nice things to say. All in all, it was a lovely day and one I shall remember for a long time.”

- Pamela Patton


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