Dr. Marilyn Dyrud Retires from Teaching

Forming, storming, norming, performing

Michael Burton

Editor in Chief

Communication professor Dr. Marilyn Dyrud is bringing her time as both a professor and a member of the Oregon Tech faculty to a close after forty years at the school. Professor Dyrud has mixed feelings about the conclusion of her career.

“I’m not enjoying packing my office,” said Marilyn, gesturing to a space cramped with books on communication, philosophy, and the Holocaust. “I will not miss grading papers … but I will miss teaching. I’ll miss my colleagues, and I’ll really miss working with the senior Civil Engineering design projects.”

Other things Marilyn reported she would miss was reading the names at graduation, even if they sometimes the pronunciation gave her trouble and she would have to spend some time practicing.

“I liked doing that, it was fun … especially since you get a front row seat.”

Marilyn also said she would miss the Edge. This will conclude her second time advising the program, this time for good.

“I think that for a school without a journalism degree and only offers one journalism class, the fact that a newspaper comes out at all is pretty miraculous!” (Ed: And at such quality, too!)

Marilyn became a, in her words, “three quarter time” member of the faculty in 1976, but did not become an official part of the communication department until 1983. In that time, she has seen many things that, upon recollection, bring a smile to her face.

For instance, in the 80’s (she does not recall which year) the international club held a dinner where they brought tongue twisters in different languages, which until that moment she had not realized existed. One from an African nation (she does not recall which nation) in particular left her floored at its complexity.

Marilyn has greatly enjoyed her time here at Oregon Tech, as amply demonstrated by her impressive forty year record as a member of its faculty. In particular, she appreciates the ability to teach out of department; while she is a communication professor, she also teaches humanities and civil engineering classes.

Her favorite class to teach, however, would be HUM 366: Engineering, Business, and the Holocaust, an extended look at both the Holocaust itself as well as the engineering and business decisions surrounding it that made the event possible. According to Marilyn, the class filled up every single time she held it, something that made her very happy given the importance of the subject material.

After forty years of teaching at the school, Marilyn is quite ready to move on, even if she feels a pang of sadness when packing her room and finding old belongings she originally intended to use in a class “later.” Now there will not be a later, but she is at peace with it.

“I don’t want to be grading technical papers when I’m seventy years old,” said Marilyn, chuckling.

Her final words of advice for the school and its faculty and students are simple, but borne of experience.

“Do good things. Hold to standards. Be compassionate. Enjoy your life.”

Thank you Marilyn, for everything you have done. Take some time to enjoy yours, as well.