Three Illinois Wesleyan Professors Set to Retire
July 1, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – After a combined 93 years of service to the school, three Illinois
Wesleyan University professors will retire at the end of the current academic year.
Susan Brandon, associate professor of music, Kathryn Scherck, associate professor
of the School of Nursing and Margaret Chapman, professor of economics, were awarded
emeriti status at the recent IWU Honors Convocation. Brandon’s retirement became effective
Dec. 31, 2007, while Scherck and Chapman’s retirement becomes effective July 31, 2008.
After earning her bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and
her master of arts and master of fine arts in piano performance from the University
of Iowa, Brandon joined the IWU faculty on Aug. 1, 1967. Over the past 41 years, she
has performed with the Illinois Wesleyan Camerata, as well as in many faculty recitals,
chamber music concerts and Contemporary Music Symposiums. Brandon additionally presented
two piano concerts with her colleague R. Bedford Watkins and later performed extensively
with her colleague R. Dwight Drexler. The Brandon/Drexler Duo played in Vienna, Austria
and also recorded a CD in 1997 titled The Battle of Prague and Other Parlor Delights,
which features music from 18th century Czech composers. Because these works are now
out of print, this CD is the first of its kind.
While at Illinois Wesleyan, Brandon has also planned multiple international travel
courses to Austria, Prague, Germany and the Czech Republic through which students
were able to explore the world of classical musicians. Former students of Brandon
have achieved wide success as performers and teachers of piano at colleges and private
A retired Lieutenant Colonel Army nurse, Scherck joined the IWU faculty on Aug. 1,
1987, after earning her bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington in Seattle,
her master’s degree from the University of California in San Francisco and her doctorate
from Rush University in Chicago. Scherck has spent the past 21 years at Illinois
Wesleyan serving on the University Institutional Review Board, participating in various
committees through the School of Nursing and has received grants to expand artistic
and scholarly development.
Scherck has presented her research and scholarly articles in the United States and
Germany. Her work will be published in the July edition of Nursing Science Quarterly
along with several IWU associate professors of nursing for their research on characteristics
of patients who successfully manage their prescription medication.
Over the past 31 years at Illinois Wesleyan, Chapman has taught various economic courses,
many of which she developed, such as The History of Economic Thought and Industrial
Organization. A graduate of Bradley University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
she has focused her research on economics and community development.
Chapman is a co-author of Mitsubishi Motors in Illinois: Global Strategies, Local
Impacts, written in 1995, which focuses on the impact of Japanese automobile plants
in Illinois. Before coming to IWU on Aug. 1, 1977, Chapman taught at Bradley University
and Illinois Central College.
Contact: Lauren Pietruszka, ’09 (309) 556-3181