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Celebrity Deaths in Education

  • Jules Schelvis, 95 (1921 - 2016)

    Jules Schelvis

    Jules Schelvis, a Dutch historian who was the last insurgent of the Nazis' Sobibor World War II German extermination camp, died Sunday evening in his native Netherlands, according to multiple news sources, including The Associated Press. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Ethan Schmidt (2015)

    Ethan  Schmidt

    Ethan Schmidt, a history professor at Mississippi's Delta State University, was shot and killed today, according to school officials and the county coroner's office. The campus was put on lockdown at approximately 10:45 a.m. local time after reports of an active shooter were released. Later, all buildings were evacuated. Schmidt, a professor of American History, was killed in his office in...

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  • Marva Collins, 78 (1936 - 2015)

    Marva Collins

    Marva Collins, the Chicago education pioneer who won praise for her innovative teaching approach at the West Side school she launched in 1975, died Wednesday of natural causes. She was 78. Her son Patrick Collins announced the death. He said she had been a patient in hospice care in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Marva Collins started up the Westside Preparatory School in Chicago's...

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  • Elson Floyd, 59 (2015)

    Elson Floyd

    The Associated PressPULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Elson Floyd, president of Washington State University, has died at 59 of complications from colon cancer.Floyd had been president since 2007 and went on medical leave earlier this month. He died Saturday morning at Pullman Regional Hospital, said a school spokeswoman, Kathy Barnard."Though his prognosis and outlook remained positive, recently the...

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  • John Petersen (2015)

    John Petersen

    The Associated PressPITTSBURGH (AP) — John Petersen, a retired insurance executive whose gifts to the University of Pittsburgh included $10 million for a basketball arena named for himself and his wife, has died. He was 86.Petersen died Saturday after battling cancer, university officials and his family said. He and his wife, Gertrude, were living with their daughter in Savannah, Georgia, at...

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