In Memoriam: Dean Corrigan

Dean CorriganDean Corrigan, who served as AACTE president from 1981-82, passed away on November 7 at his home in Middlebury, VT. He was 91 years old. 

Dr. Corrigan had a great influence on many things that mattered for the educator preparation profession. He was instrumental in the writing of the AACTE manifesto on Educating a Profession, greatly influenced the Association’s stance on special education, served as a liaison for the Association to the National Teacher Corps, helped to shape 10 years of work on inter-professional education, and was a passionate advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion long before it was fashionable to be so.

Widely respected by his peers, he was dean of four major education schools. He retired as professor and dean emeritus and First Holder of the Harrington Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership at Texas A&M University. In addition to Texas A&M, he served as dean of the College of Education at the University of Maryland, dean of the College of Education at University of Rochester and dean of the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont.

“Dean contributed much to the success of AACTE in the 1980s and beyond. He was passionate about things that mattered and was an enormous influence on all things ‘teacher education,’” said AACTE President and CEO Emeritus David Imig. “He was just one of those exceptional individuals that we had the privilege of working with. 

Dr. Corrigan graduated from Keene State College with a degree in education in 1953 and received his doctorate degree in education from Columbia University. Following college, he served in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Cayay Puerto Rico and helped create the army’s first Teaching English as a Second Language Program for Puerto Rican officers.

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