- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - One of the University of Arizona’s most popular professors is retiring.

Wednesday was James Knight’s last day of teaching at the Tucson university.

He created the Heritage and Traditions course in 1998 to help undergrads feel more connected to the UofA.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/1fSjVMh) Knight made a habit of shaking students’ hands, memorizing their names and faces and asking about their families.

That had a large impact on those who took his two-credit, free elective on the university’s history.

The 67-year-old Knight began teaching at the UofA in 1996 and insisted that every student attend a five-minute, get-acquainted chat in his office.

It was a practice he kept to even when the class had 300 students every semester.

Knight says he was simply doing what he loved.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com