A UNMC memory from Dr. Harn

At the annual faculty meeting on April 25, UNMC will recognize 15 faculty members who have worked at the university for 40 or 30 years.

Among those who will be honored is Stan Harn, Ph.D., professor of oral biology in the College of Dentistry, who has been at the university for 40 years.

Below Dr. Harn shares a memory from his time at UNMC.

I have immensely enjoyed my 40 years at the university and have had countless memorable experiences.

My latest happened just a few weeks ago when I received an email telling me that I was to be honored at the Annual Faculty Meeting for my 40 years of service.

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Stan Harn, Ph.D.
I immediately responded and said, "Thank you, but you have miscounted. This is my 39th year."

However, I did not send it. Instead I asked the departmental secretary how long I have taught here. She checked and reported back, "40 years!"

Now a little background, about five years ago, some started to ask when I'd retire. To a select few, I would say I would like to teach 40 years and then I would probably retire.

I can explicitly remember two years ago saying, "This is my 37th year and I will decide at 40."

Last year I said it was my 38th year and this year I have been saying this is my 39th year and I will decide next year.

Upon hearing this story, a colleague said, "It makes sense -- when you get old, you lose the capacity to keep track of time as well as the ability to count."

So now I am saying I will teach 41 years and then decide.

Read UNMC Today in the coming days to hear from more faculty members who will be recognized at the annual faculty meeting for 40 or 30 years of service.


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Paul Hansen
April 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM

A very well deserved time to celebrate. What a great teacher and inspiration to all students and faculty!

Dr. Heuke
April 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Dr. Harn,I think your memory is better than you might think. You are sort of right about the 39 years. I was in your first freshman class, that started fall 1972. I don't think you were here much before that, so maybe you have a few months to go before you actually reach 40 years. I feel sorry for the first class after you retire, because they will never find someone to replace you and your ability to prepare a student for National Board Exams.

Mitch Emmons
April 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Congrats Stan! Here's hoping you lose your memory completely and don't leave!

Lisa Spellman
April 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Congratulations on 40 years Dr. Harn!

April 12, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Great story Stan! Retirement is always 1-3 years away :). Just ask Eric Fung, for 6 years now he has been telling me he will retire in 2-3 years. Congratulations on 40 years at the COD!

Others to be honored

Aside from Dr. Harn, others with 40 and 30 years of service at UNMC who will be honored at the annual faculty meeting include:
  • Margaret Kessinger, M.D. – 40 years
  • Parvis Pour, Ph.D. – 40 years
  • David Brown – 30 years
  • James Armitage, M.D. – 30 years
  • Sam Cohen, M.D., Ph.D. – 30 years
  • John Colombo, M.D. – 30 years
  • James Edney, M.D. – 30 years
  • Carl Greiner, M.D. – 30 years
  • Donald Johnson, Ph.D. – 30 years
  • Lynell Klassen, M.D. – 30 years
  • Paul Paulman, M.D. – 30 years
  • Jane Potter, M.D. – 30 years
  • Thomas Sears, M.D. – 30 years
  • Jon Thompson, M.D. – 30 years