Longtime Adjunct Psychology Professor Arcenta "Art" Orton Passes Away

Arcenta Orton, Psychology ProfessorProfessor Arcenta "Art" Orton, an adjunct psychology professor in the School of Science for 40 years, died on July 17, 2011 of natural causes.

In his late eighties, Orton was a beloved faculty member who began teaching at Saint Mary's in 1970. A longtime champion of diversity, during his 40 years at the College, he taught "African American Psychology," a course he was hired to develop.

In December 2010, Orton was recognized for his academic service. School of Science Dean Roy Wensley said he was an inspiration to Saint Mary's students, faculty and staff. Acknowledging the occasion, his son Michael Orton wrote that his father's goal "was to enlighten his students about the experiences of minorities in general and blacks specifically, some of which previously had little or no exposure with minorities."

Professor Orton received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln University, a Juris Doctorate Degree from Howard University and a Master of Science degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University.

Plans for a Saint Mary's memorial in the fall are underway. However, specific details are not yet available.