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William Lowe Boyd

Bill Boyd was the best of colleagues, and I was proud to have co-edited his last book, The Transformation of Great American School Districts.

Please write your remembrances of Bill or notes to the family below. I will see that they are transmitted. --ctk

From: The family of William Boyd

William Lowe Boyd of State College died September 21, 2008 at home. He was born on September 11, 1935 in Louisville, Kentucky to Norris and Helen Boyd and is survived by his wife of 50 years Emily Remine Boyd and children, Stephen Norris Boyd, Katherine Shields Boyd, Anne Boyd Rabkin and son in law, Brian Rabkin and a granddaughter, Helen Ila Rabkin.

Bill was a graduate of the University of Tennessee (B.S., 1957), Northwestern University (M.M., 1961), and the University of Chicago (PhD., 1973). Bill and Emily met as undergraduate musicians in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Bill was a french hornist.

Dr. Boyd is Batschelet Chair Professor of Educational Leadership at Pennsylvania State University and editor of the American Journal of Education. He has been a professor at Penn State University for 28 years. A specialist in education policy and politics and educational administration, he has published over 140 articles and has co-edited seventeen books. He has served as president of the Politics of Education Association, as an officer of the American Educational Research Association, and has been a Fulbright Scholar in Australia and England, and a Visiting Scholar at ten universities: Monash University, Deakin University, University of Liverpool, Gothenburg University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Wales at Cardiff, the University of Warwick, the University of Washington, Umea University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Rochester. In 2002 he received the “Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award” from the University Council of Educational Administration. In 2007 he received the “Student Mentorship Award” from the Penn State Department of Education Policy Studies.

As a practitioner he has served as an elementary and high school teacher, as Assistant to the Principal of the University of Chicago High School (part of the famous Laboratory School founded by John Dewey), as Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Liaison to the Chicago Public Schools, at the University of Chicago; as Professor-in-Charge of Graduate Programs in Educational Administration at Penn State; and in a variety of leadership roles for almost 50 summers in the educational programs at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Interlochen next summer. Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to The Educational Leadership Program in the College of Education, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 or to the Minnesota Building or Braeside Preservation Fund, Interlochen Center of the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan 49643.


Date submitted: 05/23/2008
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