Celebrity Deaths in Education

  • 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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  • Rev. John Lo Schiavo (2015)

    Rev. John Lo Schiavo

    The Associated PressLOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. John Lo Schiavo, former president of the University of San Francisco who presided over the university's resurgence and a shutdown of its basketball program, died Friday. He was 90.Lo Schiavo died in the infirmary at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, said University of San Francisco spokeswoman Anne-Marie Devine Tasto.A San Francisco...

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  • The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, 97 (1917 - 2015)

    The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

    By TOM COYNE, The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents or legendary football coaches. And he did it while championing human rights around the globe, from civil rights close to home — he joined hands with...

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