ADRIAN, Mich – In a new tradition, Adrian College has implemented a Faculty Hall of Fame to honor and recognize the faces that inspire and ignite the minds of the students attending classes on campus. The first inductee was announced earlier this month as Dr. Robert Husband, Ph.D., Zoology was recognized for his commitment to the College.
Announced in its annual State of the College Address in 2011, the Adrian College Faculty Hall of Fame Award recognizes a current or emeritus faculty member with at least ten years of service. Members of the Adrian College community select nominees meeting the criteria of this award. Inductees are given public recognition with their photo and a plaque acknowledging their accomplishments featured in Shipman Library on the campus of the College.
The esteemed Dr. Husband joined the faculty in 1964, after earning his Ph.D from Michigan State University. As a faculty member he was instrumental in the establishment of the Lambda Pi chapter of Beta Beta Beta (biology club) on Adrian’s campus; the first in the State of Michigan.
Dr. Robert Husband is an internationally known expert on the study of podapolipid mites, all parasites of insects. He has discovered and described more than 150 species and 20 genera. He actively pursues studies with scientists from more than a dozen countries. During his career, he collaborated with numerous colleagues to publish research on entomology (or the study of insects). Most notably, he discovered over three new species of insect. In true Adrian College fashion, he included colleagues and former students in his research and named the discoveries accordingly.
In the classroom, he is remembered as someone who took special interest in his students, aiding them in their pursuit of furthering their education through medical and dental schools, and on to graduate degrees in science. He also presented experiential educational opportunities to his students. He is credited with presenting a cadaver for “real” anatomy instruction. Dr. Husband and the late Dr. Xavier also established the medical technology program at Adrian College in the late 1970s.
To continue his legacy on campus, Dr. Husband endowed the Elizabeth Crosby Fund for the improvement of biological education in memory of one of Adrian College’s most distinguished graduates.
From 1964-70, Dr. Husband flew part time in the Michigan Air National Guard serving as captain, then major, as a photoreconnaissance officer. Dr. Robert Husband and wife Patricia ’92, have three grown children, all graduates of Adrian College: David Husband ’83, Suzanne Husband ’84 and Linda Husband Psalmonds ’84.