2012 In Memoriam
Phyllis Cunningham considers the graduate students with whom she has worked as her primary legacy. In the last 20 years, as a professor of adult education, she has been one of the first women in modern adult education who has been admitted to key professional positions.
In 1965, Jim Dorland uprooted his family from Canton, Ohio, where they had always lived, to take a position in Washington D.C. as an adult education association executive, traveling throughout the United States spreading the "gospel" of adult education.
For 40 years, Allen Tough, PhD, has been globally recognized as a pioneering scholar in adult learning and self-directed learning. His early seminal contributions to the field date back to 1965 and his research has illuminated adults’ successful efforts to learn and change. More than 90 studies in 11 countries have been based on Tough’s work.
Betty Ward's career in adult and continuing education began as Adjunct Lecturer in the Adult Education Program at Howard University in Washington, D.C. From 1956-1986, she served as Adult Education Research Assistant/Manpower Development Specialist and Deputy Director of the African-American Affairs Staff at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare/The U.S. Office of Education.