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Armstrong, Horner and Eide say goodbye to Flagler

Oct 4, 2011
by Staff

One is an accomplished investigative journalist, the other a quirky author who took on bullies, and the last an eccentric education teacher. They may not be alike in their accomplishments, personalities, or histories, but the one thing that ties them together is how they will miss being a part of the Flagler community. This year saw the retirement of all three: Rob Armstrong, Carl Horner and Kathleen Eide.

Armstrong, who already carried the title of retired professional, spent the past 13 years in the communication department sharing stories of his reporting days withstudents.

“For more than 30 years I had worked in front of the camera and behind the microphone for an audience that I never saw … Teaching is entirely different,” said Armstrong. He is a former reporter and senior correspondent for CBS News who has written eight books.

Armstrong never understood why his father loved mentoring as a hockey coach. “He often told me how rewarding and gratifying that was,” he said.

“While I was doing the news I never really understood. I do now.”

Horner, who was an English professor and known for his animated, enthusiastic, even overly excited teaching style, spent 22 years at Flagler. “I just didn’t feel pulled toward other colleges,” Horner said. “I did not feel the spell that cast itself upon me like gravity; it kept pulling me to my home.”

Horner’s experiences with bullies led him to write, “A Hole In the Wind.” The novel is set around the sport of bike racing where one racer struggles with feelings of loneliness and frustration. But the novel culminates with an experience that makes him ultimately feel wanted and alive.

As he moves on, Horner will miss “students who cared about learning. Not merely about earning, but about grappling for insight, for evidence and for analysis.” With his newfound freedom, Horner plans to spend his time writing and bicycling.

Eide, an associate professor of education, joined Flagler in 1997. Eide says one of her fondest memories at Flagler was with another former English professor, Dr. Frances Farrell. One of the greatest pieces of wisdom Farrell gave to her was, “Life’s too short. Eat dessert first.”

Eide, who just moved to Utah, is going to miss the close-knit feel Flagler offered. “I fell in love with the community. There’s always something to do, always someone to do things with, and always people there to support you and to help you out if you needed anything,” she said. “That’s hard to get started when you go into a new community.”

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