“The loss of Professor Emeritus James Dyer is sad for our entire college and the broader community, but we are consoled by the certain knowledge that Dr. Dyer left a lasting positive impact on his many thousands of students and all of his colleagues at Mohawk Valley Community College,” says Randall J. VanWagoner, Ph.D., remarking on the May 11 passing of James Dyer, Ph.D. Dyer was a full-time faculty member from 1968 until his retirement in 1996. He continued to teach part-time at MVCC until 2011.
“Dr. Dyer served MVCC students as a leader among teachers for nearly half a century, and even before that he was a local educational fixture as a teacher at Proctor High School. His colleagues have long regarded him as an exemplary faculty colleague and a person who cared deeply about his students and his college. We’ll miss Jim greatly. We are proud to honor his memory through the ongoing Dr. James Dyer Award for students in the humanities, a competitive honor established by his fellow professors as a tribute to Jim’s teaching excellence.”
Dyer taught English composition and literature, and received the 1978 Award for Excellence in Service. He held an associate degree from Utica College, a master’s degree from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.