Jul 19, 2019

After 52 years at Missouri Western, Dr. Thomas Rachow of the university’s biology department is retiring.

Growing up in Streator, Illinois, Rachow was the first in his family to graduate from college. He had no idea just how long he’d spend on a college campus over the course of his life.

And since then, he’s seen the campus change from having three buildings and a double-wide student center, to the university that it is today.

“I can remember how much the technology has changed. When I got here, we had a chalkboard and one overhead projector that you had to arrange to have in your class in case someone else wanted to use it,” he said, laughing. “But at this point, I think I’ve taught almost everything in our department over the years, except for microbiology.”

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