Phillip Skerry D’75 recently retired from Lakeland Community College, where he began teaching in 1968 when he was twenty-three years old.
“I came to Lakeland by mistake,” said Skerry, who explained that he was actually looking for a different college with the word “lake” in the name. “When I called information, I told them I was looking for ‘lake-something.’ So they gave me Lakeland’s number, and the rest is history.”
Throughout his time at Lakeland, Skerry taught English, speech, humanities, and film and was well-known on campus as an Alfred Hitchcock expert. He was inspired to author a book regarding the infamous shower scene from the classic movie Psycho.
Philip Skerry D’75 in his final role as instructor. Skerry was the faculty marshal at Lakeland Community College’s fortieth annual commencement this past May.
A native of Chelsea, Mass., Skerry attended the University of Massachusetts, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1966, and he received a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1968.
He lives in Mentor, Ohio, and plans to teach part-time during his retirement along with writing, traveling, and making memories with his grandchildren.