Guthrie, Langendorfer honored by alma maters

Two BGSU faculty members have been honored by their alma maters. Dr. Mearl Guthrie, a professor emeritus of business education, was named a distinguished alumnus of the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Stephen Langendorfer, human movement, sport and leisure studies, was among the first inductees to the State University of New York at Cortland’s newly created Academic Hall of Fame.

Guthrie, who received his Ph.D. at Minnesota in 1953, taught at BGSU from 1954-85. He served as chair of the business education department from 1957 until he retired. The author of several textbooks and journal articles, he and his wife created the Mearl and Lolita Guthrie Consumer Economics Scholarship for juniors and seniors. He helped start a program in business education at the College of the Virgin Islands and organized numerous seminars in such places as Puerto Rico, Haiti and Jamaica.

The award was presented to 100 distinguished alumni as part of the university’s centennial celebration.

Langendorfer, a kinesiologist specializing in developmental aquatics and motor coordination and control, is internationally known in the area of aquatic motor development. He is also the director of the BG Perspective: Liberal Studies in the 21st Century general education program. He has taught at BGSU since 1994.

Candidates for the new hall of fame must be graduates of SUNY-Cortland from at least 10 years ago who maintained grade point averages of 3.5 or higher as undergraduates or 3.7 as graduate students and have made a significant contribution to society through their chosen profession. Langendorfer received his bachelor of science degree from Cortland in 1972.
May 15, 2006