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Retirement Messages: Betty Hartzell, Vicki Lachman, and Will Green

May 30, 2013

Betty Hartzell, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, will be retiring from Drexel University on August 1 this year. Betty has served as Assistant Director of Art Therapy programs and as Interim Director (for one year) in the Creative Arts Therapies department for ten years.  Prior to coming to Drexel she taught as an adjunct professor at three local universities, ran mental health programs in the greater Philadelphia area and maintained a small private practice. Hartzell will be returning to her first love-- seeing clients in therapy—full time by expanding her private practice.

Vicki Lachman, PhD, MBE, APRN, FAAN, will be retiring from her position as a clinical professor in the Division of Graduate Nursing Advanced Role MSN Department. She said, “Though I am looking forward to my next adventure, whatever it may be, I will miss the people I have grown to love and respect during my more than nine years here at Drexel. This year will be occupied by finishing the second edition of the book, Ethical Challenges in Healthcare: Developing Your Moral Compass.” Lachman will spend the next six months in Avalon, New Jersey, followed by six months in Sarasota, Florida. “I will gain the tincture of time, as I will be deciding what I want to do each day, rather than being told by my iPhone where I need to be. I plan to take courses in digital photography to improve this art, as well as travel more and spend lovely, relaxed hours with friends.”

Willard Green, PhD, MDiv, MS, BA, started at Hahnemann Medical College in 1977 teaching the students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program, which was at that time the highest academic degree required for entering the nursing profession. “Lecture Hall A or B was filled with young women, and perhaps a man or two, wanting to be a nurse,” he reminisced. In 1980 he received a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine and in the School of Allied Health. Along with a physician colleague he started one of the first required medical ethics courses in the country.  “It was exciting to be able to contribute to a new, growing discipline that became known as Bioethics,” Green said. “Then there was additional excitement during the nine years I was Dean of the School of Health Professions. With the tremendous talent and commitment of the department chairs and faculty of the twelve different health professions that comprised the School, it became populated with exceedingly energetic, bright, and committed students.  It is quite astounding when you think of the tens of thousands of people who have received exceptional care in their time of need from these dedicated health professionals who began their journey with us,” he said. 

In his retirement, Green plans to “prevent [his] mind from turning to mush” by teaching a course or two as time permits. “The stimulation from students has been a godsend over the years and I do not want to sever those relationships,” he explained. Green and Jane, his wife of 51 years, will do a bit more travelling and spend additional time with their children and grandchildren during his retirement.