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Former SIU-C Professor and Dept. Head Passes Away

By Brad Palmer

Carbondale, IL – A FORMER PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD AT SIU-CARBONDALE PASSED AWAY LAST WEEKEND.

JOHN E. KING, RETIRED PROFESSOR AND CHAIRMAN OF WHAT FORMERLY WAS KNOWN AS THE HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT SIU-C, PASSED AWAY SUNDAY IN WEST COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA. HE WAS 94.

KING CAME TO THE SIUC CAMPUS IN 1967 AS A VISITING PROFESSOR. HE SERVED AS PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND FOUNDATIONS FROM 1968 TO 1970, BEFORE BECOMING CHAIR OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN 1970. HE RETIRED IN 1983.

WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS AN EXPERT IN TEACHER EDUCATION AND HIGHER EDUCATION GOVERNANCE, KING ALSO WAS A PIONEER IN MAKING HIGHER EDUCATION ACCESSIBLE TO STUDENTS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES. IN 1961, PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY APPOINTED HIM TO THE NATIONAL CITIZENS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION. KING SERVED ON THE COMMITTEE THROUGH 1970.

IN ADDITION, PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON APPOINTED HIM TO THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT OF THE HANDICAPPED IN 1964.

KING IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE OF 71 YEARS, GLENNIE, AS WELL AS TWO DAUGHTERS.