CMC will host a celebration on Friday, Feb. 29 honoring the longtime work of Janet Myhre, the Dengler-Dykema Professor of Mathematics and Mathematical Economics and director of the Reed Institute for Applied Statistics. The invitation-only event begins with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by dinner at 7, in the Security Pacific Dining Room at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.
Myhre's tenure as a scholar, professor, and mentor at CMC, and the remarkable contributions that the Institute for Decision Science and the Reed Institute for Applied Statistics made to the life of CMC and former students, will be feted by guests and speakers including President Pamela B. Gann, Sarah Awad '03, Gregory Kwietkauski, (Lockheed Martin), Capt. Stephen Lewia (U.S. Navy), Michael Rothman '72 (The Presidio Trust), Jack L. Stark '57 P'11, and R. Scott Turicchi '85 (chair, Reed Institute Board).
On Dec. 31, 2007, the Reed Institute for Applied Statistics closed its doors. Since its inception in 1975 as the Institute for Decision Science, the Ruth K. and Joseph C. Reed Institute for Applied Statistics emphasized applied statistics, data analysis and practical experience in the education of students interested in business, public policy and the professions. In providing the opportunity for students to engage in student-faculty research and consulting on significant "real world" problems, the Institute opened many doors to excellent careers for CMC graduates.
Janet Myhre, the Dengler-Dykema Professor of Mathematics and Mathematical Economics at Claremont McKenna College and director of the Reed Institute since its founding, is completing some legacy projects during the spring semester 2008 under the auspices of the Reed Institute.
"After more than 45 years as a CMC professor and more than 30 years working with extraordinary CMC and Claremont Colleges students on Institute projects, I am extremely sorry to see the Institute close," Myhre has said. "I carry with me fond memories of students who excelled on significant real-world' projects for Institute clients and who have gone on to lead meaningful professional and personal lives.
"I want to thank all of my students who participated in the clinic programs and Institute projects over the years," she noted. "These students have made my career at CMC very meaningful to me. I also want to thank the talented and thoughtful members of the Institute's advisory board who served student interests faithfully. Finally, I wish to give my thanks to Ruth Reed for her personal and financial contributions to the education of Claremont students."
The Reed Institute was the third research institute at CMC, following the Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World (1969) and the Rose Institute for State and Local Government (1973). Currently, there are 10 research centers and institutes at the College.
In recognition of Myhre's extraordinary commitment to teaching, and in memory of her husband, Professor Leon Hollerman, Claremont McKenna College has established a scholarship fund in their name. This endowed fund will generate scholarships for deserving CMC students in perpetuity.
Individuals wishing to honor professors Myhre and Hollerman may make contributions to this fund. For more information: http://www.claremontmckenna.edu/reed/Myhre-HollermanGift.php