Richard Jan Lecroy(1931 - 2013)

LeCroy, Richard Jan (Sept. 1, 1931 - October 10, 2013) Jan LeCroy, former chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District and former president of the Dallas Citizens Council, died peacefully at his home at the age of 82. Although he had battled cancer for a time, LeCroy remained active until shortly before his death. Among educators, he was perhaps best known for helping to build the community college movement that greatly broadened the mission of junior colleges serving an earlier time. In 1988, he left the DCCCD to become president of the Dallas Citizens Council, serving as its executive for more than a decade. A public memorial service will be held at 2 pm on November 14, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the LeCroy Scholars Fund of the Dallas County Community College District Foundation. Two efforts exemplify his DCCCD leadership. The R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Tele-communications honors his career-long role in promoting distance learning. The Center has enrolled more than 230,000 students since its inception and its telecourse division is one of the country's largest producers of online programming. His focus on students is showcased in the LeCroy Scholars Program. Established in his name in 1989 by an endowment from Mike A. Myers and modeled after his West Point experiences, it offers students with leadership potential full scholarships and mentoring from LeCroy and Myers and their spouses. Richard Jan LeCroy was born in Ft. Worth in 1931. His father's construction work required that the family relocate often, introducing Jan to new environments. Later he fondly recalled his high school years when his parents' busy work schedules gave him the time and freedom to develop his indepen-dence. After graduating from high school in Hot Springs, Arkansas, he attended West Point for four years. LeCroy then served as an infantry officer and worked for Reynolds Metal Company before taking an aptitude test that pointed out his desire to be an educator. Soon he had enrolled in the University of Texas and in 1966 earned his Ph. D. from the Community College Leadership Program. LeCroy was a trustee of the U. S. Military Academy Association of Graduates for a period spanning three decades. He served as Rotary Club of Dallas President in 1984-85, General Chairman of the 1984 Dallas United Way campaign, and chairman of the board for the 1986 Goals for Dallas Commission. Among many accomplishments, he often spoke of being an Airborne Ranger and of his role in launching the DCCCD Retirees Association. In later years, he managed the Armes Family Ranch near Stephenville, TX and served on the board of Southwest Securities. Immediate survivors include his wife Nancy Armes LeCroy, former wife Jane LeCroy, son Paul LeCroy, daughters Karen Krupinski and Marie Blackman; granddaughters Candace Hines and Jennifer Lavelle and their husbands Clinton Hines and Kevin Lavelle; grandsons Zachary Krupinski and Janson LeCroy; great-grandson Brock Hines; brothers-in-law David and Paul Armes, sisters-in-law Shirley and Duanea Armes.

Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 5, 2013