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Cleo H. Cherryholmes 1938 - 2013

Cleo H. Cherryholmes

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Saturday, November 02, 2013
I met Cleo through his daughter, Diana. Of all his books, founding of institutions and teaching laurels, perhaps his greatest product is his daughter, Diana. She has brought the arts and humanities to our township as head of the Huntington Arts Council, and using her craft and sewing skills she has enriched the lives of many children. As my friend, she has brought a new sense of companionship and just plain fun! So, 'pragmatically' speaking, I honor Cleo in many ways!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I met Mr Cherryholmes at Lawrence High School when I was a student and he was a teacher; he also hosted the chess club and I joined precisely so I could beat him. It took several losses before I was able to do that. I know he was instrumental in development of games theory and I always felt lucky to have had him for a teacher.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Thank you Cleo for the example you provided. Not only did I learn curriculum theory from you, but a method of teaching through questioning that was equal parts Socratic dialog and veiled wisdom from the Zen master. You will be missed.
Monday, April 22, 2013
I have known Cleo since high school. We were closest in the later years, when we became political advisories, but always close friends. He came to the big Eldorado High School (Kansas) from one of the small rural schools. Did you know he was a cross country runner in his younger days. Cleo, we will miss you.
Monday, April 22, 2013
When I arrived at the Michigan State University College of Education in 1985, Cleo Cherryholmes was already an institution. Formally housed in political science, he had long focused his writing and teaching around issues in education and was well known to faculty and students there. We quickly became best of friends. Before long a deal was struck that brought him home to the college of ed riding on the reputation of his recently published book, Power and Criticism. There, while writing his other major work, Reading Pragmatism, he gleefully played the role of provocateur – challenging the most revered canons of the educational creed, and pushing theoretical exploration and intellectual play in a professional-school setting where theory was suspect and where the pursuit of educational improvement brought a tone of sobriety. He started a faculty-student study group that lasted for years, exploring a wide range of theoretical works, which more often than not revolved around his own twin intellectual poles of poststructuralism and pragmatism. It provided a great education for me, deluded as I was by my training in the positivist ethos of sociology. Not that he necessarily has won me over completely. But that never bothers Cleo, who would much rather engage in argument than win a convert. His impact on colleagues and students was less a matter of convincing them of his point than of modeling how to think theoretically about school and society.
But to focus on his engagement with ideas is to miss a lot of what has made Cleo such a wonderful colleague and friend, because he has always stirred the engaging talk into a rich stew of food, wine, and music. Cleo is an remarkably talented cook, and he knows you can't cook well without the help of good wine and music. My strongest memories of our time together take place at dinner in lovely settings: his home, where no meal was a success unless he set off the smoke alarm; the terrace of our villa in Provence, where we were both teaching in an MSU summer program; a patio overlooking the ocean in Cabo, the beach at Playa del Carmen, a cruise ship in the Greek Islands. These experiences serve as a reminder about the compelling possibilities of the academic life, which too often get lost in the earnest pursuit of journeyman publication and university politics.
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