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Ann M. Lydecker

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Lydecker, Ann M. - Died On March 25, 2004 In A Motor Vehicle Accident She was born in Adrian, Michigan on May 6, 1944. She was the 3rd of seven children born to Lloyd and Alberta Reusink and grew up on the family dairy farm. She attended a 1-room country school from kindergarten through 8th grade and was the only student in her class. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology (1966) and an M.A.T. degree in elementary education (1972), both from Oberlin College in Ohio. Her doctorate in curriculum and instruction was from the University of Michigan (1982). Her lifelong commitment to education included teaching 6th grade in Oberlin, Ohio; teaching in the education Department at Gustavus Adolphus College; serving as Professor and Chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Department at Mankato State University; serving as Founding Dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. She then served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bridgewater State College. Dr. Lydecker was appointed the 14th Chancellor at UW-River Falls, August 1, 2000 and was the first woman to serve in that role. Dr. Lydecker was extensively involved in educational reform initiatives at local, state, and national levels. She wrote extensively and gave many professional presentations on such topics as teacher testing, leadership, school-university partnerships, technology in teacher education, educational transformation, multicultural education and community-based programming. Her service to the River Falls community, the St. Croix Valley region, the University of Wisconsin System, the State of Wisconsin and nation was extensive. In recent years, she had traveled internationally to build education and service initiatives with educational and development organizations in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Japan. Chancellor Lydecker is survived by her husband, Dr. William Lydecker, a retired clinical psychologist, who taught at Gustavus Adolphus College; two sons, Dr. J. Martin Favor, Plainville, New Hampshire, and Richard Favor of River Falls; two stepsons, Peter Lydecker of Minneapolis and Andrew Lydecker of Memphis, TN; two grandchildren, Mitchell and Clayton Favor, and her father, Lloyd Reusink of Adrian, MI. Survivors also include her brothers and sisters: Albert (Kathy) Reusink (Bloomington, IN), Bruce (Lelani) Reusink, Three Rivers, MI, and Priscilla (Ray) Jackson, Virginia Reusink, and James ( ) Reusink, all of Adrian, MI. Chancellor Lydecker was a warm, open, engaging presence who had an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of individuals through education. Her contributions to higher education, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, the region, state and nation have been immeasurable. A Memorial Service will be held 3PM Monday, March 29, 2004 in the KARGES GYMNASIUM ON THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN RIVER FALLS CAMPUS. Memorials may be directed to the Ann M. Lydecker Memorial Scholarship fund at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Bakken-Young River Falls 715-425-8788.
Published in Pioneer Press on Mar. 27, 2004
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