Michael-Dryden-Obituary

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Michael Allen Dryden

Richardson, Texas

Dec 8, 1948 – Jun 28, 2018 (Age 69)

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Michael Dryden, 69 of Richardson, Texas passed away on June 28, 2018. He was born in Buffalo, New York on December 8, 1948. Michael Dryden graduated from Cheektowaga Central High School and later earned his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He married Irene June Nathan...

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Michel was one of the nicest and most competent assessment experts I've worked with. He was a genius with qualitative assessment and thus was able to capture the root cause of success or lack thereof. His talent and dedication to finding the truth will be missed. He was a very fine human being.

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Working with and learning from Michael was a highlight of my research and evaluation career. I am proud to be able to call him my friend, colleague, and mentor. It was impossible to work with him and not be consumed by the same passion he had for the education of children and for the use of data and research as tools to improve education. His knowledge, his skills, his wisdom -- all made you want to be at your best.
"Data do not define kids; kids define data," was a favorite...

I have had the honor of getting to know Mike since he retired from Dallas ISD and continued to be an advocate for children. He volunteered hundreds of hours to guide dozens of other child advocates in the diligent work to improve the educational systems in Dallas. His statistical abilities, personal concern, and wisdom will all be tragically missed in this critical work. He helped educate many others about statistical realities in education.

The children of Dallas are definitely...

Mike had a delightful sense of humor and a keen insight anchored in witty common sense. I worked w/Mike a short time at the DISD; he clearly made the district a better place and it was a pleasure to know him. He was an excellent statistician and one of those people who bring the best combination of caring and subtle optimism that dry(den)ly brighten any gathering of friends. Mike will be missed.

Mike had a way of making you believe you were capable of so much more than you could imagine. He did that for me when I first started at DISD. I followed him to Richardson ISD because he believed in me. I am so grateful to have known such a kind, intelligent, enthusiastic and encouraging man. I wouldn't be where I am today without his mentoring and kindness. I know he adored his wife, Irene, and I am praying for her. I am so grateful to have known Mike and that he cared enough to get to...