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September 8, 2010

In memoriam: John Manning

JManning2004.jpgProfessor Emeritus John Manning died on Sept 6, 2010. He was a world-renowned expert on reading education in the college for more than three decades, retiring in 2005. A popular personality on campus, he was also a visiting professor and lecturer at more than 300 major colleges and universities and served as consultant to more than 500 national agencies, state departments of education, and major urban and local community school districts. He was well known for his commitment to working with students and teachers in the Minneapolis Public Schools and for his efforts in some of the poorest communities in the United States, including his work for the Mississippi State Literacy Initiative.

In 1985 John was elected president of the International Reading Association (IRA) and was recognized as the association's outstanding teacher educator in reading in 1987. He received the association's lifetime achievement award in April 2010 and was a benefactor to IRA through a fund that supports the annual IRA John Chorlton Manning Public School Service Award.

A mass and burial will be held for John in Fall River, Massachusetts, on Saturday, Sept. 11. A memorial service will take place in Minneapolis (Dinkytown) at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 1203 5th Street S.E., on Friday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The John Chorlton Manning Memorial Educational Fund, U.S. Bank - Apache, Attn: Sara Fellegy, 3928 Silver Lake Road, St. Anthony, MN 55421.

For more information, see John's obituary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

April 28, 2010

Remembering Tim Mazzoni

Tim MazzoniProfessor Emeritus Tim Mazzoni died of cancer on April 6 at the age of 73 in San Diego. Tim was a faculty member in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration (now the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development) for 27 years, and mentored both his colleagues and students with grace and ease. He was the acting chair of the department, 1998-99, and chair, 1990-91.

An informal celebration of his life was held on April 17 in San Diego, where he and his wife, Judy, moved after retirement. A Minnesota celebration will be held on Thursday, May 13, 1-4 p.m. in the Johnson Room at the McNamara Alumni Center. Friends and colleagues are urged to drop in. Judy will greet friends starting at 2 p.m. before turning over the event to Professor Emeritus Neal Nickerson, who will introduce speakers and facilitate the honoring of Tim's contributions.

See the Minneapolis Star Tribune's obituary for Tim.

April 6, 2010

In memoriam: Paul Marvin

R. Paul Marvin, professor emeritus in the Department of Agricultural Education, died on April 4, 2010, at the age of 91. He had a life-long career as an educator and taught students at the elementary, high school, and university levels. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1960 and became a professor of agricultural education at the University. From 1970 until his retirement in 1984, Marvin was chair of the department, which was recognized as one of the best agricultural education programs in the world.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruby H. Marvin; daughters, Suzanne Hartle (Darrell) and Julia Schneider (Bobb); grandchildren, R. Todd Hartle (Jill) and Sarah Hartle.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the United Church of Christ, 1000 Long Lake Road, New Brighton, MN 55112. A visitation will be held before the service at 10 a.m.

Memorials preferred to "Dr. R. Paul and Ruby Marvin -- Agricultural Education Scholarship," C-M-3854, University of Minnesota Foundation, P.O. Box 70870, St. Paul, Minnesota 55170.

January 22, 2010

Remembering David Ghere

Ghere.jpgDavid L. Ghere, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, died suddenly Sunday, January 17th, at the age of 59. He taught history at the University of Minnesota for the past 19 years, originally in the former General College.

According to his obituary, Ghere loved teaching and was passionate about helping students learn. He was attracted to the college because of its focus on developmental education. His historical research focused on American Indians during the colonial period.

Ghere is survived by his loving wife, Gail; his devoted children, Erin (Aaron), Christopher and his fiancé Alessandra and Shannon; his adoring grandson, Aidan; sisters, Dee McCollum (Jerry) of River Falls, WI and Dianne Cherry (Steve) of Arcola, IL; and a large, loving extended family.

Dave was a gentle, kind man of integrity who loved being with family. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army. He was born and raised in Arcola, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the University of Minnesota TRiO Program. In memoriam checks made to University of Minnesota Foundation. Specify in memo line: TRIO Program Fund. Send to University of Minnesota Foundation, C-M 3854, P.O. Box 70870, St. Paul, MN, 55170-3854. Bradshaw 2800 Curve Crest Boulevard, Stillwater 651-439-5511

September 22, 2009

In memoriam: Darrell Lewis

Darrell LewisDarrell Lewis, professor emeritus in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration and former associate dean of the College of Education and Human Development, passed away on September 20, 2009 after an aggressive battle with lung cancer.

Full obituary available in the Star Tribune.

Visitation will be on Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 5:00-8:00 pm at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 East Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata. Funeral service will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 6th Ave. North, Long Lake, with visitation 1 hour prior to service. Graveside service will be held at the First Lutheran Church of Highland Cemetery in Highland, MN. Memorials may be directed to either University of Minnesota Masonic Center Lung Cancer Research or Highland Lutheran Church.

September 4, 2009

In Memoriam: Xiaojia Ge

Xiaojia GeXiaojia Ge, professor of the Institute of Child Development, best known for his seminal findings of puberty onset on adolescent developmental outcomes, passed away on August 26, 2009. Ge joined ICD in the fall of 2006. He was an exceptional scholar and a dedicated educator. He was a wonderful addition to Child Development and he will be missed by all who knew him. We extend our sympathy to the family of Jenny Li, his wife, who works in Financial Services in the CEHD Dean's Office.

The Star Tribune obituary is available at

A memorial service dedicated to the celebration of his life and our love for him will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Coffman Theatre, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Avenue, SE, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 55455.

July 28, 2009

Professor Emeritus James Maddock dies

maddockjim.jpgFamily Social Science Professor Emeritus James Maddock died of cancer on July 18 at age 67. Dr. Maddock worked at the University of Minnesota for 36 years. He was a founder of the University of Minnesota Medical School Program in Human Sexuality, former president of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and co-founder, with his wife, Noel Larson, of Meta Resources Psychotherapy and Training Institute in St. Paul. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2 p.m., in the atrium of McNeal Hall on the St. Paul campus. Memorials are preferred; contributions may be made to the University of Minnesota Foundation with a notation designating the contribution to the Department of Family Social Science Neubeck Scholarship Fund (Fund # 2191). More information is available at his Caring Bridge Web site.

June 26, 2009

In memoriam: Mark Schelske

Mark Schelske, Ph.D., educational psychology, [Stan Deno adviser] professor and chair of the Education Department and TRiO faculty adviser at St .Olaf, died June 24th, 2009.

Mark passed away peacefully at dawn at Mayo Methodist hospital with his wife Janis Johnson [M.A., CSPP, and M.A., adult education,1984] and family present.

The St. Olaf web page features an article about Mark.

There is also a caring bridge web site.

In lieu of flowers, gifts to the family or to a charity of the donors choice preferred.

Monday June 29
2 to 3 PM visitation
3 to 4 + memorial service
reception following memorial light refreshments and beverages

Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway
Eagan MN 55121

Central Parkway is just a few blocks north of 35E on Yankee Doodle Road
651 675 5550

Interment: Private for family

December 10, 2008

In memoriam: Ida Davies

Alum Ida Davies (M.S.W., ’55), a pioneer in the care of the mentally ill, died November 27 at the age of 96. As a social worker, Ida worked tirelessly to make large mental institutions a thing of the past in Minnesota.

She trained volunteers to help patients in mental hospitals and helped patients live productively in the community. During her long career, Ida established programs, supervised graduate interns, and served as a clinical assistant professor at the University. She was a faithful and dedicated supporter of the School of Social Work and with her husband of 64 years, Jack, established yearly scholarships for many of the school's graduate students.

Services are planned for 1:00 pm on December 15 at the First Unitarian Society at 900 Mount Curve in Minneapolis.

September 10, 2008

In memoriam: LeRoy Gardner, Jr.

GardnerL-2007[1].jpgAs many of you know, senior teaching specialist LeRoy Gardner, Jr. (Postsecondary Teaching and Learning) passed away on Saturday, September 6, after a long battle with lung cancer. LeRoy's funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, September 11, at the Estes Funeral Chapel (2210 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis).

Following the funeral there will be a time for family and friends to gather at the Urban League (2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis), which is across the street from the Estes Funeral Chapel.

A recent Star Tribune article details LeRoy's many accomplishments and passion for teaching. He will be greatly missed by his department, the college, and the larger University community.

July 8, 2008

In memoriam: Harvey Carlson

Harvey CarlsonHarvey Carlson, an adviser in the College's Student Services area, passed away recently after a long illness. Several of his colleagues are planning an on-campus memorial for July 18, as detailed in the following note from Assistant Professor Rashné Jehangir.

Dear Colleagues,

I know many of you have asked about details regarding Harvey’s memorial. Here is what I have so far:

His family and I wanted to celebrate his life on campus because in so many ways this was his home and we were his family. We decided on the Campus Club because Harvey loved being there. The memorial will be held on Friday, July 18th in the late afternoon – exact time to follow. And it will be a celebration !

Mike, his brother Cory, and I am hoping to establish a scholarship fund in Harvey’s name that serves to further the educational endeavors of students he spent his career advocating for TRIO students and/or students with
disabilities. In lieu of flowers, please hold your memorials for this particular purpose and once we have more details we will let you know how to proceed.

Thanks for your support and love.


June 4, 2008

Caron receives posthumous award from MAMFT

Wayne CaronThe Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) recognized Wayne Caron's work as a professor, supervisor, colleague, therapist, and friend with a 2008 Annual Award. Wayne, a faculty member in the Department of Family Social Science, passed away suddenly on August 24, 2007 (see the Minnesota Daily article on Wayne and his many accomplishments or visit his memorial Web site).

January 30, 2008

In memoriam: Gerhard (Gerry) Neubeck

NeubeckNCFR.jpgIt is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dear friend, colleague, and mentor Professor Emeritus Gerhard (Gerry) Neubeck (Family Social Science). Gerry began his professional career at the University in 1948 after already experiencing a lifetime of fortune and tumult.

As a Jewish teenager from Dortmund, Germany, Gerry nearly qualified for the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in the 3000m run. Soon after, he realized he had to leave his home country. After immigrating to the United States with his wife Ruth in the late 1930s, Gerry became one of the nation’s foremost leaders in the fields of human sexuality and marriage and family therapy (MFT). He served terms as president both of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and the American Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (AAMFT). After graduating from Columbia University, he went on to accomplish a number of ‘firsts’ in his field. In the 1960s he taught the first college course on human sexuality.

Profiled in Look magazine, this course gained Gerry scores of attention for his work. He is credited for being the first to use group sessions for marriage therapy and also was the first to pen a book on the topic of extramarital affairs. In 1972 he joined the Department of Family Social Science, where for many years he ran the marriage and family therapy (MFT) program. Over the course of his tenure, Gerry was pivotal in training countless MFT experts including David Olson and Jim Maddock.

After retiring in 1986, Gerry and his wife Ruth spent much of their time keeping busy with their long-time hobbies. Gerry was a prolific writer of poetry and Ruth a potter (they were dubbed the “Poet and the Potter"). Some of Gerry’s poetry has been published and crossed over into the academic world to appear in textbooks focusing on family relations.

Since his retirement, Gerry has remained a regular around the department. He read his poetry at everything from new graduate student welcoming functions to faculty retirement parties. Gerry said during a 2004 interview: “Family social science has always stood on the strength of great faculty. Not only the talent of the faculty—including multiple NCFR and AAMFT presidents—but also the intimacy. The faculty has always been very close.? Gerry will be greatly missed.

Excerpt from Gerry’s poem "Affairs of the Heart", published in 1998:

I want to find me
that I lost long, long ago
when I was a child
in a world that was all grown up.
It would be nice indeed.
To become acquainted again
With that me, the me of my youth.

Read an article about Gerry.

October 23, 2007

Professor Samuel Popper memorial service: November 3

Please join us as we remember and celebrate the life of Professor Emeritus Sam Popper (educational policy and administration), who passed away in Los Angeles on August 28, 2007 at age 90.

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2007
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Campus Club, Conference Rooms ABC, Coffman Memorial Union - Fourth Floor

Memorials in Sam's name may be sent to Temple Sholom of Northwest Arkansas, P.O. Box 3723, Fayetteville, AR 72702.

RSVP to Mitch Pearlstein at 612-338-3605 or

October 9, 2007

In memoriam: Eloise Jaeger

Professor Emeritus Eloise Jaeger, a pioneer in women’s physical education at the University of Minnesota and the first woman to have administrative authority over a men’s and women’s physical education department, passed away Monday, October 8. Jaeger was a steadfast force behind women’s physical education and the establishment of women’s intercollegiate athletics, and was instrumental in increasing girls’ and women’s participation in all aspects of sport and physical activity. A funeral is tentatively scheduled for October 20.

UPDATE: There will be a memorial service for Dr. Eloise M. Jaeger on Friday, October 26, at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church []. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a lunch following.

September 14, 2007

In memoriam: Minna Shapiro

Minna Gerber Shapiro (M.S.W., ’57) has died at the age of 92. Shapiro first worked at the Family Service of St. Paul and then as the director of treatment at the Minneapolis Family and Children’s Service. She was a co-founder of the PRIDE project in 1978, a groundbreaking innovative recovery program for prostitutes that has become a national model. She provided leadership in staff development to various social work agencies, particularly in the GLBT community. She also taught in the School of Social Work and the Family Social Science Department. Review her complete obituary and sign the guest book at

August 29, 2007

In memoriam: Wayne Caron

Wayne Caron.jpgAs many of you already know, Assistant Professor Wayne Caron in the Department of Family Social Science passed away suddenly on Friday, August 24. The department has established the online Wayne Caron Memorial Page to give Wayne's many friends, colleagues, and family members a space in which to share their memories, tributes, thoughts, poems, pictures, or links to external Web sites. As Wayne's colleague Professor Hal Grotevant notes, "Wayne was such a lover of technology--we think he would approve." Send your posts to (This is not Wayne's personal e-mail account. It was set up specifically for entries for the memorial page.)

An August 28 Star Tribune article remembers Wayne's many contributions to the Alzheimer's community, and gives details about funeral arrangements.