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More than four decades and 34,000 students after he came to Central, Dr. Alfred E. (Gene) Twomey has retired as professor emeritus of history.
Dr. Twomey joined the faculty in Central’s Department of History and Anthropology in 1962 and taught through the spring 2003 semester. During his tenure, he developed a reputation as a tough teacher, but endeared himself to many former students and colleagues, who honored him upon his retirement. An endowed scholarship for history students was established in his honor through the Central Missouri State University Foundation, and the former Wood Auditorium, where he was the first to teach, was named for him by action of the Board of Governors.
In addition to teaching history courses for 41 years, Dr. Twomey served as coordinator of the General Studies program, was supervisor and coordinator of graduate assistants in history, and was on the Committee for the Selection of Graduate Assistants in History. He also sponsored the honorary fraternity, Phi Alpha Theta, and served on the University Council for the Humanities, the Committee for the Evaluation of University Administrators and the Greer-Oppenheimer Selection Committee.
Dr. Twomey earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Northwestern University, master’s degree in English and education and an education doctorate in history and education from the University of Northern Colorado.
An author who appreciated film and stage, Dr. Twomey collaborated on book projects related to character actors, films of James Stewart and more.