In Memoriam

SHAPE America recognizes notable men and women who passed away this year whose dedication to health and physical education will not be forgotten.

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Remembering Those We Lost

Dorothy High photo

Dorothy High, retired City of Scottsbluff Recreation Supervisor, died on November 19, 2020 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. She was a life member of AAHPERD.

She served as President of AALR in 1986-1987, President of the Central District AAHPERD in 1982-1984, and President of Nebraska AAHPERD in 1972-1973.

She received honor awards from AAHPERD in 1971, CDAAPERD in 1975, and NAHPERD in 1970. In 1996 she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from AALR.

In 2000 Dorothy was selected as one of 37 charter members of the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals.

 

Ray Biles photo

Even as a child and adolescent, Fay was a competitive leader, organizing sports activities, playing tennis, softball, field hockey, and becoming the first female to be elected vice president of her high school student body. She was one of two females from the Philadelphia area selected to attend Duke University, where she pledged to Tri-Delta Sorority and had a triple major in Biology, English, and Physical Education. While at Duke, she met the love of her life, returning war hero and athlete, Bedford Biles. After her graduation they married on August 7, 1949.

Moving to Akron, Ohio, she taught at Coventry High School for five years. Pursuing her Master's Degree at Kent State University, she quickly became an Instructor in the Physical Education Department, teaching for sixteen years, and coaching an undefeated female field hockey team. While teaching at Kent, she enrolled in Ohio State's Doctoral Program, earning a multi-disciplinary Doctorate with a groundbreaking dissertation. Along with working on her doctorate, she did pioneer teaching using the medium of television, even bringing an elephant into the studio to make a point in one of her classes. She received the Distinguished Teaching Award at Kent State in 1970. Her passion for teaching physical education spurred her to direct the new PEPI (Physical Education Public Information) national project, traveling the country, speaking and appearing on national television programs.

Concluding that project, she once again broke the "glass ceiling" in 1972 when she was tapped by the new president of Kent State to become the first woman vice president of any Ohio university, and the first female in the country to hold the position of Vice President of Public Affairs and Development. This role proved to be critical in the history of KSU because of the tragic events of May 4, 1970. Raising the most funding of any predecessor, after holding the position of Vice President for six years, she resigned in 1978 to return to her professorship, retiring in 1985.

Fay was most proud of her association with the American Heart Association, as she developed the Jump Rope for Heart Program., which has now raised over $1.2 billion promoting heart health education and nutrition for elementary and high school students. She received the National Merit Award from the American Heart Association in 1988 for her work in helping reduce cardiovascular disease. An annual award is given in her name by AHA. A few of her numerous accomplishments include being named to the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1986; serving as president of the American Association of Health, Physical Education, and Dance; serving on the United States Olympic Committee for 16 years; White House appointment to Sea Grant Review Panel; Keynote speaker in Israel for the World Congress of International Council of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

A Tribute Wall can be found at the following website: https://www.wellsfuneralhome.com/obituary/Fay-Biles

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Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Wolford Symons died March 20, 2020 in Kent, Ohio. She was Professor Emerita from Kent State University. Cindy received her B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and her M.Ed. and D.Ed. from the Pennsylvania State University. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard Symons; her parents, Richard and Dottie Wolford; her sister, Amy; brother, Scott and nephews and nieces.

Cindy was a dominant contributor in the area of school health for over 30 years. An in-demand speaker, consultant and author, Cindy supported the health education profession and, ultimately, the health of thousands of school children and adolescents benefited from her professional contributions. Cindy served as President of the American School Health Association from 2001 to 2002. Among other publications, she co-authored a textbook that is used in many institutions of higher education. Her expertise was sought by state and federal agencies, school districts, non-governmental agencies and professional organizations. In addition to many other projects, Cindy participated in NCATE Board of Reviewers and the National Health Education Assessment Project, as well as reviewed submissions for numerous professional publications. She presented extensively at the national, state and local level. Ultimately, Cindy would want to be remembered for her commitment to teaching and mentoring. She received the Kent State ‘Distinguished Teaching Award’ in 1994 and spent a sabbatical returning to the elementary classroom. She is remembered as a committed and excellent educator and mentor.

"Cindy Symons came to my office around 1980 to seek admission to the graduate program in Health Education at Penn State. At the time, I was a recently appointed faculty member with a background in school health and had taught high school health for two years. So, I fashioned myself as an expert in school health education. After talking with Cindy for 30 minutes, I realized how little I knew about school health. Cindy was a skilled health educator who wove theory and practice to provide meaningful instruction for her students at Williamsport High School in Pennsylvania. Her graduate work at Penn State helped refine her skills as a researcher and a scholar and launch her successful career at Kent State. Throughout her career, Dr. Symons made major contributions to health education and school health education. She served as President of the American School Health Association, co-authored the seminal textbook in the field and served on important state and national committees to promote the health and wellbeing of our youth. I have followed Cindy’s career for almost 40 years as a mentor, colleague and friend. When discussing Cindy’s accomplishments with others, I would proudly state ‘You know, Cindy was one of my students’.”

- Jim Eddy, Editor-in Chief, American Journal of Health Education
Teacher

"Cindy Wolford Symons and I came to Penn State University in 1982 to complete our doctoral studies. We were roommates, graduate assistants, and she was my running and study partner. During our years as graduate students, I could count on Cindy to never back down from deliberating philosophies, concepts, and pedagogical approaches relevant to the field of health education. More importantly, it was during those years we developed a strong friendship that has had a powerful impact on my life. Cindy had a larger than life presence, an infectious laugh and an impressive vocabulary. You always knew that when she was pulling on her earring and pausing between thoughts, she was going to impress and challenge you as she formulated and delivered her witty responses. She was a champion for health education in schools. Cindy’s contributions as an educator and scholar along with her service to her students and the larger community speak volumes to her professional success. She strived relentlessly to guide her students and shift systems that often dismissed the link between academic success and health. Cindy was passionate about health education and the positive impact it has on the lives of children, youth, and families. Cindy’s pedagogical skills and ability to make personal connections with her students resulted in healthier children, youth and families, and years of effective health educators trained under her tutelage. Although decades have passed since Cindy and I were running on Penn State’s campus or trying to solve current health problems utilizing effective health education strategies, our conversations over the years did not change. We often laughed remembering funny events, shared professional and personal experiences, and of course, we would still try to solve health problems. Cindy touched many lives and I am grateful to call her my very dear friend. Cindy, I will miss your laugh, smile and our friendship.”

- Carol DiMarco Cummings, Chair of the Department of Community Health at Rhode Island College
Friend

"The first day of graduate school, my first class, I discovered I was in the presence of the most engaging, mesmerizing and challenging teacher I had ever experienced. Cindy Symons could make a three-hour class seem like it was 10 minutes long. She taught me how to teach and how to develop students to their full potential, all with her trademark sense of humor and her caring nature. She believed in mentorship that did not end when you graduated but continued whenever you needed her. Once you were ‘hers’, you always were. Over the 34 years of being her colleague and close friend, I watched her work her magic on countless others who came after me. Our profession has benefited immensely from the incredible time and energy she so tirelessly gave.”

- Renee Axiotis, Associate Professor at Kent State in Ohio
Colleague

"I remember the first time I met Cindy Symons in the summer of 1987. I was an undergraduate student stopping by the department office to change my major to school health education and she happened to be in the office. After she took the time to meet and explain the program to me, I know this was my chosen field and that she was the person I wanted to emulate. From that point on, she became my academic advisor and mentor from undergrad to grad school. Recently I was selected by my institution to receive a Legacy of Leadership award and of course I included Cindy in my speech. I have always told her that all I am professionally is due to her support, guidance and mentorship. She set the bar extremely high as a respected colleague in the field of Health Education and I am forever grateful. Through the years, we moved beyond the student and teacher relationship, to become colleagues and friends. I will cherish the academic opportunities that we shared, but most importantly her friendship!”

- Tammy James, Professor at West Chester University
Former Student

"I have been Cindy’s friend for over 40 years. We were graduate students and roommates together at the Pennsylvania State University and shared many happy times together. She was a remarkable friend and colleague whose memory I will always cherish. During my own battle with cancer, Cindy provided emotional support and also extended professional opportunities to me. I was so appreciative of her support. I, as well as my family, benefited from having Cindy and her husband in our lives. Although our lives will continue, they will never be the same without her.”

"During Cindy’s illness, she and her husband established two funds, one to support undergraduate students at Kent State University and one to assist cancer patients who may need financial support during treatment. Should anyone wish to contribute to these projects in Cindy’s memory, I have included the contact information for both. For those of us who knew and loved Cindy, the establishment of these charitable funds exemplifies the way she lived her life with kindness, generosity and wisdom. I will be forever grateful to have called her my friend.”

- Mary Rose-Colley, Professor Emerita at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Friend

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Stevie Chepko was born on October 13, 1949, the daughter of Steve and Ida Chepko, in Morgantown, WV. She graduated from West Virginia University in physical education and later went on to earn her doctorate in curriculum and instruction and sport history from Temple University. Dr. Chepko began her long and distinguished career in higher education at East Carolina University as an instructor and coach. After earning her Ed.D., she was a professor at Castleton State College (VT), Salisbury State University (MD), and Springfield College (MA). Before assuming the role of assistant dean at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, she held positions as department chair at Winthrop University (SC) and senior vice president for accreditation at the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (Washington, DC).

Dr. Chepko was a nationally-recognized expert in physical education teacher preparation, accreditation, performance-based standards, and assessment in k – 12 schools. She chaired the task force that revised the National Standards for Initial Physical Education Teacher Education and was a member of the task force for the National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education. Dr. Chepko was the recipient of numerous professional honors, including her national organization’s Honor Award and the Joy of Effort Award. She was selected as the Visiting Scholar for the 100th year of Women’s Basketball Celebration at Smith College (MA) and was chosen as an inaugural fellow in the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance. Dr. Chepko was inducted into both the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences Hall of Fame and the Castleton State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dr. Chepko was an exceptional professional who will be remembered for her high standards and mentoring of students and colleagues. She was committed to her family and never lost her zeal for women’s athletics or sailing.

Dr. Chepko was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, B. J. Wilson-Coons. She is survived by her sister, Roslind Breit of Pawleys Island, SC. In addition to her sister, she is survived by nieces and nephews Beth Breit (Woodstock, GA), Amy Wilson (Hudson, NY), A. Thomas Breit (Emilie) (Lakeville, MN), Stephan (Julia) Breit (Baltimore, MD), and several grand nieces and nephews.

The family is in the process of forming the Dr. Stevie Chepko Foundation, which will offer grants to advance physical education and women’s sport. A celebration of Dr. Chepko’s life will be held on May 16, 2020 in Beaufort, NC. For more details, contact Roslind Breit at rozsbreit@gmail.com.

"Stevie was a former EDA president and EDA Honor Award winner; she worked on and helped write the K-12 and PETE standards task forces and books; the most recent version of PE Metrics; and was a an auditor and reviewer for SPA reports. Stevie really cared most about making our profession stronger.”

- Lynn MacDonald
Friend

William Anderson photo

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of William “Bill” G. Anderson, truly a giant in our field. Dr. Anderson taught in Physical Education Curriculum and Instruction at Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City for 40 years establishing one of the premier PETE doctoral programs of the era. He also established a work/study program enabling Masters students to teach part time under master teachers during the day at local schools and study at night at Teachers College to refine their craft and/or obtain their teaching certification. This real life experience while concurrently studying pedagogy and curriculum was deeply valued by his students.

Bill supervised many doctoral students who became leaders in the field. With his doctoral students in 1973 he changed the study of teaching by developing the Teachers College Physical Education Video Data Base which was a collection of 30+ videotapes of real live physical education lessons which could be used to establish reliability on systematic coding systems. This led to an in-depth study of what actually happened in physical education classes. His text Analysis of Teaching and Learning in Physical Education was an elegant compilation of the systematic tools developed to study different aspects of teaching by his doctoral students. A second edition (2011) co-authored with Mary Lou Veal focused on resulting tools for teachers and pre-service teachers to use in reflecting on their own teaching.

An emphasis on establishing school/university partnerships for the purpose of improving educational practice led Bill to establish The Physical Education Program Development Center in 1980 (Anderson, 1988). This collaborative venture involving Teachers College and six affiliated school districts in Westchester County, NY demonstrated Bill’s commitment to teacher ownership of program development efforts and the involvement of University personnel as facilitators of those efforts. The work of the ‘Center’ continued for more than ten years.

"Bill Anderson was loved by his students. He was a quiet, gentle man who modeled kindness and thoughtfulness and helped us to be the very best versions of ourselves.”

- Dolly Lambdin
Former Student and Admirer

In lieu of flowers the family has asked for comments and stories from students and faculty who knew Bill Anderson, the professor, that can be shared with his grandchildren so they know of the impact he had on the field of physical education and on his many students.

Stories or thoughts can be emailed to raylabill@gmail.com or sent to Rayla Anderson 4 Arcadia Drive New City, NY 10956-5913

(Please also copy Lambdin@utexas.edu so we can create an archive memory book for Teachers College and the profession.

 

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Dr. Robert "Bob" Blackburn, age 86, died Thursday, November 28, 2019. As a very active professional member, Bob served as the Executive Director for NCAAHPERD-SM, in both a part-time and full-time position for many years. His tireless efforts (along with is wife Rose), help to create a high level of growth and security for this organization and laid the foundation for incredible membership growth in the period that followed.

A Gardner-Webb professor emeritus of health education, Dr. Bob is being remembered for his contributions to the University and to local, state and national organizations. Dr. Robert R. Blackburn, of Boiling Springs, passed away Nov. 28, 2019. He was a GWU professor for 24 years and Chairman of the Department of Health and Physical Education for 19 years.

Dr. Dee Hunt, vice president emerita of Student Development, noted that Blackburn’s influence in state and national health organizations is legendary. Blackburn hired Dr. Hunt in 1978 as an associate professor. She added, “I was a young professional, and he gave me confidence and all the support and encouragement I needed.”

A proponent of lifestyle fitness, Blackburn was also an avid golfer and a good dancer. Dr. Hunt said he taught her how to shag. “He was a kind man, a gentle soul,” she added.

In the spring of 2008, he was presented the Inaugural Dr. Robert Blackburn Advocacy Award by the NC- American Heart Association.

Memorials: Bob Blackburn Scholarship at the Association of North Carolina Boards of Health, 4172 Mill Creek Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

"His active involvement with the North Carolina and national health and physical education associations was an example to both students and fellow faculty alike—the importance of networking, of conducting oneself as a professional, of embracing leadership and service opportunities. He viewed the teaching of health and physical education as a high calling and impressed upon all of those who worked with him the importance of maintaining the high standards expected of the profession.”

- Dr. Jeff Tubbs
Gardner Webb University
Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Theresa Cone photo

As a passionate and knowledgeable teacher, Theresa connected with her students and developed a shared understanding and a strong mutual respect. After a wonderful 33-year career as an elementary Physical Education and Dance teacher, she enjoyed a second career teaching at Rowan University. Her creative and inclusive teaching fully prepared her elementary and university students. She was the first National Dance Educator of the Year (1989), recognized on the Rowan Teaching Wall of Fame, NJAHPERD Teacher of the Year (1984), NJAHPERD Higher Education Teacher of the Year (2014) and taught and choreographed for the American Repertory Ballet Company for 20 years.

Dr. Cone contributed valuable and ground-breaking scholarship in Interdisciplinary Education, Dance, Inclusive/Adapted Physical Education and Dance, and Motor Learning. She authored or coauthored books, chapters, and articles and presented at state, district, national, and international meetings. She served on the Beijing Sport University Adapted Physical Education/Physical Activity Online course project committee.

Theresa was a leader in her profession serving as NDA/AAHPERD (1994-95), Eastern District (1991-92), NJAHPERD (1987-89), and the Alliance for Arts Education (1991-93) President. She also served as JOPERD Policy Board Chair (1998-99), JOPERD Editorial Board (2006-09), Special Olympics NJ Trustee (2014-2017), and in numerous officer and committee roles. Her commitment to service was evident throughout her career.

Theresa Purcell Cone was recognized for her quality contributions to the profession with the AAHPERD (1992), EDA/AAHPERD (1991), and NJAHPERD (1992) Honor awards and the AAHPERD R. Tait McKenzie award (1995).

Theresa Purcell Cone was a teacher, dancer, scholar, leader, and advocate who was committed to making a difference in her profession and in the lives of her students. Her contributions were exemplary and her commitment unquestioned.

She shared her life and career in a caring and giving manner.

- NJAHPERD

Timothy Sullivan photo

Tim enjoyed more than 40 years as a highly successful teacher, administrator and coach at Montclair State University, and during that time was recognized for his extensive work supporting individuals with disabilities.

Tim also served as president of NJAHPERD from 2004 to 2005. In addition, he started and chaired the technology committee and helped bring the association into the tech age, in addition to serving on many committees.

Tim Sullivan graduated from Cortland in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and health and earned a master's degree from Ithaca College in 1967. A Brooklyn native and Saint Francis Prep alumnus, Tim transferred to Cortland from Arizona State University.

At Cortland, Tim Sullivan played center, linebacker and tight end during two varsity football seasons in 1963 and 1964. He also was a lacrosse defenseman for two seasons and a heavyweight wrestler for one year. He served as a football and lacrosse co-captain in his senior year, and played in the 1964 Division All-Star Football Bowl Game. Off the field, he was the Delta Kappa Fraternity House Director in 1964. In 2013, Tim Sullivan was inducted into SUNY Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame on September 21, 2013.

Tim Sullivan taught at Montclair from 1967 until his retirement in 2008. For 15 years, he served as the chair of the Department of Health Professions, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies. He also was Montclair's head wrestling coach from 1967-72, with a 43-27 overall record, and the men's lacrosse head coach from 1984-87. In addition, he was a football assistant coach from 1967-73. He served as offensive line coach when Montclair won the 1970 Knute Rockne Bowl for the NCAA Division II "East" national title.

Tim Sullivan directed the Special Olympics of New Jersey from 1974-76 and was inducted into the New Jersey Special Olympics Hall of Fame in 2008. He also directed Montclair State's Special Needs Aquatic Program from 1975-2007 and the school's Saturday Afternoon Special Activities Program, designed to meet the physical activity needs of children with developmental disabilities ages 6-18, from 1975-2004. Sullivan also represented the National Diffusion Network as a cadre team member of Project ACTIVE (All Children Totally Involved Via Equity) by offering workshops from Maine to Alaska from 1975-85

In 1995, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs gave Tim its highest honor, the Evelyn Aronow Dolan Citizens Award for Advocacy and Promotion of Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities.

Timothy Francis Sullivan, former faculty member, Department Chairperson of Exercise Science and Physical Education, and Professor Emerita at Montclair State University, passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2019 after a lengthy illness.

We will miss his energy, his spirit, and his friendship.

- NJAHPERD

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On August 31, 2019, SHAPE America - Central District lost one of our most dedicated and passionate physical educators and leaders. Originally from Austin, Minnesota, Nancy Raso-Eklund coached and taught health, physical education, special education, and wellness at all levels for more than 45 years in Green River, Wyoming. Nancy had been the Central District Executive Director for the past 4 years. She was also the Executive Director of the Wyoming Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance for 23 years. In addition, Nancy was the Green River #2 district’s Wellness Director, PEP Grant Coordinator and most recently the state of Wyoming’s IHT Heart Rate Monitor Grant Coordinator.

In 1996, Nancy was recognized as the AAHPERD (SHAPE America) National Elementary Physical Educator of the Year and Disney Educator of the Year. In 2016, Nancy earned the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition’s Community Leadership Award. In 2017, I had the honor of presenting Nancy with the SHAPE America - Central District Mark Harvey Legacy Award, which acknowledges individuals who, by performance, style, humility and wisdom have personified the personal and professional attributes of the late great Dr. Mark L. Harvey of Colorado. In September 2019, Nancy was inducted into the Green River High School Hall of Fame where she coached swimming, basketball, and volleyball.

I first met Nancy as a member of SHAPE Colorado’s Executive Committee. Since then, Nancy and I have been recruited to participate in numerous local, regional, and national committees and initiatives. Nancy and I also engaged with many affiliated non-profit organizations boards and special events together. Some of these include; the President’s Youth Fitness Program Task Force, Let’s Move Active Schools Physical Activity Leadership Program, The Cooper Institute’s Fitnessgram Professional Development Task Force, and one of her absolute favorites, Physical Best Specialist Program. We attended many Gen-Youth, Fuel Up to Play 60 and Jump Rope for Heart events. We shared many ideas between the Colorado Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles and the Wyoming Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports. Her dedicated engagement with all of these activities provided her with a very broad perspective and valuable voice towards the advocacy and promotion of quality health and physical education programs locally, regionally and nationwide.

Nancy would greet everyone with a huge, bright, and caring smile. She considered everyone she would meet to be family and was a compassionate, trustworthy listener, and mentor to so many teachers nationwide. As an innovative planner and organizer, Central District and Wyoming health and physical educators benefited greatly from Nancy’s open door policy and networking abilities. She would bring in the nation's very best speakers and presenters to their state and regional conventions as the convention manager.

Nancy had an “old school” work ethic and a “just get it done” attitude. She was “ALL IN” on every SHAPE America initiative placed in front of her by the national office. Every summer, Nancy would pack up her car to drive to attend nearly all of the Sally Scherrer Leadership Summits whether they were in Sioux Falls, SD or Mahoney State Park outside Omaha, NE. We would spend hours on the phone brainstorming ideas for the implementation of a variety of initiatives. Nancy would often drive six hours to Morrison, CO to babysit and spend time with her grandchildren. While in the Denver area, she would often call me to get together for an impromptu Central District meeting. These meetings would usually begin with her sharing all the activities that her family and grandchildren were participating in at the time. We would then review and visit the next steps for our strategic plan and/or future effort implementations. We would brainstorm ideas and when we thought of a good one, Nancy would light up and say, “I love that, let’s do it!” She believed as a professional educator, engagement in our professional organizations and conventions were something that should be expected of everyone and the sky was the limit for new ideas. Nancy would often revisit and remind me of past ideas and ask, “can we do it now?” During many of these meetings with Nancy two words would usually come up in our conversations, “moving forward”. As a result, #MovingForward became the theme for my SHAPE America - Central District Presidency and the 14th Annual Sally Scherrer Leadership Summit.

As such a strong advocate for quality health and physical education programs, Nancy was a regular attendee at SHAPE America’s Speak-Out day, most of the time as the sole representative from Wyoming. Gay Hughes of Wyoming has stated, “Nancy is the face of Wyoming AHPERD. She is devoted to the cause of advocating for physical education like no one else in the state of Wyoming.” Nancy and Gay were Co-Convention Managers for the 2013 Central District Convention. Nancy often carried with her bookmarks and cards from the keynote speaker James P. Owens, who is the author of the bestselling books The Code of the West-Cowboy Ethics, Cowboy Values and The Try, Reclaiming the American Dream. Nancy would often hand out the bookmarks to the many new friends she would make at SHAPE America events because she lived and believed in the values they included so strongly. #MovingForward we should keep these values in mind in honor of Nancy for our professions future efforts!

The Code of the West - Cowboy Ethics:

  1. Live Each Day with Courage
  2. Take Pride in Your Work
  3. Always Finish What You Start
  4. Do What Has To Be Done
  5. Be Tough, But Fair
  6. When You Make A Promise, Keep It
  7. Ride For The Brand
  8. Talk Less And Say More
  9. Remember That Some Things Aren’t For Sale
  10. Know Where To Draw The Line

 

The Try, Reclaiming the American Dream - Steps to Success:

  1. Start with a Dream
  2. Turn Your Dream Into A Measurable Goal
  3. Create A Game Plan and Timetable
  4. Make a Commitment
  5. Take Full Responsibility
  6. Expect Adversity
  7. Give It 110%

Nancy will be sorely missed by our entire national health and physical education community.

- Clayton Ellis

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Carolyn obtained her Doctorate of Education at Columbia University Teachers College in Curriculum and Teaching. Her research and presentations focus on the coordinated approach to health and wellness in schools and more specifically, the integration of physical fitness education into K-12 school districts.

Many presentations and her research have taken her throughout the United States, China, and Singapore. She wrote several articles on the development and teaching of physical fitness curricula. She co-authored a fitness activities book called Achieving Fitness and Adventure Activities and developed the Physical Best Activity Guides and several chapters in the Secondary Education Book in conjunction with the National Association for Physical Education and Sport (NASPE). Also, she chaired several national committees, including the Physical Best Committee for NASPE. She also served on the Public Relations Committee for NASPE and held the office of President of the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD) in 1994-1995. Carolyn received several awards throughout her professional career, including the Honor Award from NJAHPERD and two NJAHPERD Teacher of the Year Awards (Higher Education and Elementary PE).

As we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Carolyn Masterson, we honor her so that her legacy may inspire others in the field.

Many former students have expressed an outpouring of gratitude and are eager to continue her legacy of selfless giving to the profession. Colleagues recount Carolyn’s kindness, generosity, and love; which inspires her colleagues to give to others at all levels of professional service. She was a true professional, a scholar, and a friend to all who knew her. NJAHPERD’s Executive Board, Past Presidents and members honor the work and contributions of Dr. Carolyn Masterson and its’ ever-lasting impact on the profession of physical education. She was the best friend/colleague anyone could have. May you rest in peace.

- NJAHPERD

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Dr. Jere Dee Gallagher passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Jere was and emeritus faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education for more than 33 years. Most of her time in Pitt's School of Education was spent as part of their Health and Physical Activity faculty and then later serving as associate dean who at various times provided leadership for academic affairs, student services, research and faculty development. Jere became an emerita faculty member in September 2014 and stayed active with the school in many ways including a member of the School of Education Alumni Society Executive Committee.

During her time in Pitt's School of Education, Jere worked with many students, faculty and staff, however one of her most passionate initiatives was creating the Kinder Kinetics Program in the Health and Physical Activity Department. The Kinder Kinetics Program was aimed at keeping young children active during the summer and providing them with opportunities to learn how to move effectively and gracefully. The program was highly regarded by parents and their children, and it gave kids something that is sometimes hard to find in an urban environment, coached and socially safe opportunities to be active and become more confident in their physical capabilities.

Since her retirement, the Health and Physical Activity faculty and staff honored Jere for her vision, leadership and service, by renaming the program “Pitt’s Kids: Honoring the Vision of Dr. Jere Gallagher”.

Services for Jere were held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Heinz Chapel on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Dr. Jere Dee Gallagher was a positive, uplifting spirit, and she cared deeply about the people she encountered and the University of which she was a beloved part. That is why everyone whom she touched loved her. Our memories of her are an important legacy.

She was also the child of parents with military careers. She was extremely proud of her parents and because of this, Jere established a special endowment in Pitt’s Office of Veteran Services to honor their legacies. She was especially proud when she described the military funeral and flyover for her mother.

Family was important to Jere and she regularly spoke of the members of her family and her husband Yale’s. She never looked happier than when talking about the children in her family – and of course showing the latest pictures.

Jere was a great friend to many of us and she will be greatly missed by all.

- Michael Haas

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Dr. Darden held an A.B. degree in Biology from Lincoln University, an M.A. degree in Science Education and the Ed. D. degree in Health Education from New York University. A Fellow of the American School Health Association (ASHA), Dr. Darden served as a member of its Governing Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Advancement of Health Education (AAHE of AAHPERD). Dr. Darden was also a member of the Editorial Board of ASHA’s Journal of School Health and of the Advisory Board of Health Education, the journal of AAHE. Dr. Darden developed and taught courses in Sex Education/Human Sexuality at Kean College where he was a Professor of Health Education and Coordinator of Health Education.

For a number of years, he was also an Adjunct Professor of Health Education at Wagner College (Staten Island, New York), and taught graduate courses in Adolescent Sexuality for both Rutgers University and Montclair State College. Periodically, he appeared as a panelist on radio and television programs about sex education/family life education. In 1981, he was a member of the Family Life Education Curriculum Guidelines Committee of the New Jersey State Department of Education. During the fall of 1984, he co-produced “Sex Education Awareness,” four half-hour programs for Cable TV in Eatontown, NJ.

His honors include the Distinguished Service Award (American School Health Association, 1971); the Honor Fellow Award and the Distinguished Leadership Award (New Jersey AHPERD, 1972, 1975); Honor Award (New Jersey Health Education Council, 1975); Honor Award and Outstanding College/University Teacher of the Year (Eastern District Association, AAHPERD, 1976, 1983); Honor Award (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 1985); and the Outstanding Achievements in Education Award (National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., North Jersey Unit, 1985). One of the first selected for “Who’s Who in Health Education in the Eastern District Association, AAHPERD,”. Darden was also listed in Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who among Black Americans. He was a Certified Sex Educator, credentialed by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

He continued to teach health and sex education as a tenured professor at Kean University until he retired. In addition to excelling academically, Dr. Darden served in the army during World War II as a master sergeant. He was also a leader and a lifelong member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Dr. Darden was a proud and avid supporter of the organization AAHPERD, now called SHAPE. I remember hearing all about events, workshops and conferences he would attend growing up. My husband and I were in attendance when he received the second Honor Award and Outstanding College/University Teacher of the Year (Eastern District Association, AAHPERD, 1976, 1983). He positively affected his students, organizations, church, family and those close to him. In addition to being a Veteran, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity member, he was a dedicated Educator, Teacher, Leader, Role model and Father. I am quite proud to be his daughter. He will truly be missed.

- Michele Darden Burgess