Where Are They Now? - February 2016

Learn what your favorite retired faculty members are up to.
Where Are They Now? provides an update on a few of RIT's best known and most beloved faculty and staff retirees. You may be surprised to find out what they've been doing since they left campus!

If you have a favorite retired faculty or staff person you’d like to hear about, let us know! We’ll track them down where ever they are and update you in the next Tiger’s Tale. Email us to tell us who you’re interested in.

This month we feature retired faculty member Dr. Fran Domoy from the College of Applied Science and Technology and Wednesday’s Child: a fitness group of RIT alumni, employees, retirees and community members.

Dr. Fran Domoy's two yellow labs, Rosie and Brew, keep a watchful eye on things on his 1,800 acre farm in Oakfield, N.Y. (Photo submitted)

Dr. Francis Domoy — Professor from the College of Applied Science and Technology
Dr. Francis Domoy has turned much of his attention to farming since retiring in 2013 from CAST’s School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation. He has always operated a farm in Genesee County west of Rochester where he grows sweet corn, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, pumpkins or winter squash. The operation expanded quickly in recent years as Dr. Domoy refocused some of the production on business crops-malt barley and rye-to support the region’s explosion in small batch breweries and distillers. They also produce corn and soybeans, and process sweet peas, sweet corn and baby lima beans for the French-owned company Bonduelle Americas, which has recently expanded into western New York.

Dr. Domoy also recently launched Domoy Farms LLC with his wife Dianne and son Brett to reflect the broader direction of the operation. The company and the family reside on an 1,800 acre farm in Oakfield, N.Y., where their two yellow labs, Rosie and Brew, keep a watchful eye on things.

Winter has set in across western New York, so Domoy Farm’s operations are quieter. While preparing for spring is Dr. Domoy’s primary focus right now, he remains in contact with former colleagues at RIT. He has supported the renovation of the RIT Alumni House and is discussing ways that RIT’s hospitality and service management group can assist with plans for hosting alumni at the new facility. 

Members of the fitness group for RIT alumni, employees and community members, Wednesday's Child, pose for a group photo. Front row: John Cox '63 (CIAS), Susie Kieren and Aaron Gorelick. Back row: Bob Crumrine '75 (KGCOE), Luane Haggerty, Peter Haggerty and Sanford Toole. Not present: Robb Adams, Caleb Shulman, Dave Drushler, Kathy Rick, Stephen Aldersley and Gene Lylak. (Photo submitted)


Wednesday’s Child
Every Wednesday, come rain, snow, or shine, the RIT community can see the Wednesday’s Child fitness group circling the campus. A dedicated and welcoming group of retired faculty and staff members with an occasional RIT alumnus joining in. Wednesday’s Child runs or walks the Andrews Drive campus loop then promptly defeats the fitness purpose of their outing by gathering for coffee and baked goods at the Crossroads Café.

The group has met for fitness and food for years. There’s no plan to end any time soon with new members continuing to join from the ranks of recent retirees. They meet in S-lot, behind the Crossroads building at 7:00 a.m. and invite anyone who doesn’t run too fast to join them. You don’t even have to be retired.

To connect with the group, contact Peter Haggerty at pjhnce@ntid.rit.edu.