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Harry A. Little


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Little Harry A. Little of Sullivan, Maine and Green Valley, Arizona died June 12, 2017 after a long illness. He was born November 20, 1930 in Newcomerstown, Ohio, the son of Irene and Melvin Little. In 1954 he married Joan Barnett Little, who survives. He was a proud graduate of Newcomerstown High School's class of 1948. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Secondary Education and his Master's degree in Special Education from The Ohio State University and his Doctorate in Special Education from Indiana University. He served as a Photo Intelligence Officer in the Strategic Air Command, United States Air Force during the Korean and Cold Wars. He taught at the Columbus State Institute in Columbus, Ohio in 1955 - 1957 and was a pioneer in the de-institutionalization of special needs students. He served as teacher and coordinator of job placement programs for special education students in Ft. Myers, Florida. He initiated and conducted an Adult Education program in the Florida Penitentiary system. He was Director of Special Education of the South Bend, Indiana public schools in 1959 -1960, and the Indiana State Director of Special Education in 1960. He was Professor of Education at Illinois State University from 1964-1972. In 1971 he led students on a two month study program of facilities for physically and mentally challenged persons in Europe and Scandinavia. In 1967 he created the first Special Education program at the University of Maine in Orono. In 1973, he launched and directed the graduate and undergraduate programs in Special Education at the Sage Colleges in Troy, New York. For sixteen years he took students to study programs in England at the Universities of Reading and Manchester, as well as Bulmershe College and to Churchtown Farm Field Studies Center, (a program combining scientific nature studies and challenging recreational programs for special needs students). Dr. Little gave presentations at conferences throughout the U.S and Europe and in 1978 was named International Special Educator of the Year. Due to ill health, he retired in 1990 as Professor Emeritus of the Sage Colleges. In the summers of 1983-1987, he and Mrs. Little owned and operated Flanders Bay Cabins in Sullivan, Maine. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge 2556 and American Legion Post 431. In addition to his wife of 63 years, he is survived by his sons, David Little (Lynne) of Troy, NY, Steven Little of Salt Lake City, UT; daughter, Christine Little (Mark Kmen) of South China, ME; ten grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers, Weldon Little (Mable) of Newcomerstown, OH and Donald Little (June) of Dover, OH; and many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews. A Celebration of Life is planned for later this summer. Interment will be at the Westlawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown, Ohio, at a later date.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 28, 2017
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